Trojans knock out Owen J. Roberts
For Montgomery Media
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Owen J.’s team arrived at Wissahickon’s stadium Wednesday afternoon with dreams of following with another upset win. But, the host Trojans wouldn’t cooperate — not even slightly.
Wissahickon used its passing skills and overall speed to stay in control for most of the game. And, it used a pair of pretty scoring plays both involving Stacie Rocco and Jackie eibbs — to post a 2-1 win over the visitors from northern Chester County.
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“I didn’t know there was less than one minute remaining,” Rocco said. “Jackie had the ball on the left side and passed it to me on the post. The goalie came out and I shot it past her.”
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“Jackie got the ball on the corner and took a hard shot,” said Rocco. “The ball bounced off the goalie’s pads. I got the rebound and shot. I had a clean shot and then Emily made sure it went in.”
It appeared as if the Trojans were on their way to a shutout, but then OJR’s Emma Christman scored off an assist from Molly Minah- an with 4:10 left in the game. 7KH VKRW wDV RQH RI MuVW fivH launched by the Wildcats.
“We scouted Owen J. at their game Monday,” said Wissahickon coach Lucy Gil, whose team is now 163. “They’re very skilled. We just wanted to be there when they received the ball.”
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Wissahickon’s Angela Virtu tries to control the ball in front of her goal during Wednesday’s District One Class AAA playoff game against Owen J. Roberts.