Gal­lagher, Bears con­tinue post­sea­son push

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BOY­ER­TOWN 4, GOV. MIF­FLIN 2 » Kaleigh Gal­lagher helped cre­ate a goal, then found her own scor­ing touch.

The Boy­er­town se­nior for­ward had an as­sist and three goals in her team’s 4-2 non-league vic­tory over the Gov. Mif­flin girls soc­cer team Fri­day.

Gal­lagher set up Grace Conover’s opener seven min­utes into the game then scored two more in the first half, in the 22nd and 27th min­utes. She com­pleted her hat trick in the 57th minute on an as­sist from Sierra Lan­des.

“I think lately we’ve been able to find our for­wards and go at de­fenses,” Gal­lagher said. “Dur­ing the PV game (4-0 vic­tory last week) it showed, that we were able to get for­ward and pen­e­trate. I know I’ve had strug­gles in be­ing con­sis­tent ev­ery sin­gle game – it’s a hard thing to do be­ing that per­son ev­ery game – but I felt re­ally good to­day.”

Mat­tie Gal­lagher, Boy­er­town’s sopho­more goal­keeper and sis­ter of Kaleigh, made nine saves and didn’t al­low a goal (she was sub­sti­tuted out with the Bears up 4-0). The daugh­ters of Ursi­nus foot­ball coach Pete Gal­lagher, Kaleigh was equally ex­cited after Fri­day’s game over her father’s Bears, who are 5-0 and rid­ing high after last week’s 21-17 win over peren­nial thorn-in-their-side Johns Hop­kins. Ursi­nus ended the No. 8 Blue Jays’ 45-game reg­u­lar-sea­son win­ning streak.

Gov. Mif­flin scored a pair of con­so­la­tion goals thanks to Jeyda Coron­ado and Stella Mol­lica, who found the net on a nice div­ing header on a cross from Gil­lian Maack with five min­utes to play.

Boy­er­town im­proves to 8-7 over­all and im­proved to No. 26 in the Dis­trict 1-AAAA power rank­ings. At 7-4 in the PAC (4-4 PAC Lib­erty), the Bears are in po­si­tion to make the PAC playoffs through a wild-card place, but will need to make the most of their fi­nal week games against first­place Spring-Ford and Nor­ris­town to earn a place in the dis­r­tict playoffs (top 24 qual­ify).

“We’ve pro­gressed a lot. When we are on and we play our game it’s hard for teams to stop us. But we just have to stay con­sis­tent,” Gal­lagher said. OWEN J. ROBERTS 2, BOY­ER­TOWN 0 » Past, present and fu-

ture of the Owen J. Roberts’ girls soc­cer pro­gram de­scended upon Wild­cat Sta­dium Wednesday night in hopes of see­ing a mile­stone reached.

Cen­ter stage was 22-year head coach Joe Mar­gusity, the ar­chi­tect of many years of Wild­cats’ suc­cess.

With an­other pos­i­tive re­sult added to the ledger – a 2-0 vic­tory over long­time ri­val Boy­er­town – the many wins of Mar­gusity’s coach­ing ca­reer reached 400 vic­to­ries, one of just two girls soc­cer coaches in Pa. his­tory to achieve the mark.

Se­nior for­ward Ma­hogany Willis scored a goal in each half – both times on as­sists from ju­nior Mia Baum­garten – while the OJR de­fense, led by se­nior Kylie Cahill, de­nied Boy­er­town con­sis­tently through­out, hold­ing them to a sin­gle shot on goal.

The state record of 435 wins in girls soc­cer is held by Hamp­ton great Frank Christy, who re­tired in 2012.

At 14-1 over­all (7-1 PAC Lib­erty), this year’s Wild­cats have the mak­ings of a team wor­thy of be­ing men­tioned with the past dis­tin­guished OJR teams that in­clude the 2003 PIAA cham­pi­onship team or the 2005 PIAA run­ner-up.

“I feel great,” Mar­gusity said. “There was a lot of alumni here and got a lot of nice texts from alumni be­ing glad to be a part of all the wins that led up to 400. Hun­dreds and hun­dreds of kids added to that, it wasn’t just this team but this team will be spe­cial be­cause they’re the team that won the 400th. But some­body had to win the first one and there’s a lot of great kids that have come through here.”

Boy­er­town was any­thing but char­i­ta­ble though, likely de­serv­ing a bet­ter re­sult after be­ing the bet­ter team in the first half. The Bears are 4-4 in the PAC Lib­erty and are 7-4 in the PAC (7-7 over­all), and re­main in the chase for one of the PAC’s two wild-card play­off spots for the fi­nal four.

“Our Achilles’ heel has been our in­abil­ity to score in close games. I didn’t think it’s a lack of ef­fort, more a lack of ex­e­cu­tion,” Boy­er­town coach Bill God­dard said. “I thought our kids played their hearts out.

“Forty min­utes in we’re down 1-0 noth­ing and it was a bit of a cruel re­sult to be down. But they fought the en­tire game and I was happy the way they con­tin­ued to fight. But you have to give credit to Owen J. They made the most of the two mis­takes we made and ul­ti­mately you get points for scor­ing goals.”

BOY­ER­TOWN 4, PERKIOMEN VAL­LEY 0»

Kaleigh Gal­lagher had a hand in all four goals dur­ing the Bears’ PAC Lib­erty Di­vi­sion win over the Vik­ings on Oct. 2.

Gal­lagher scored twice and added a pair of as­sists while Grace Conover and Taylor Lan­dis each scored once. Cas­sidy Lan­dis and Mat­tie Gal­lagher com­bined for the shutout in goal.

Boys Soc­cer OWEN J. ROBERTS 3, BOY­ER­TOWN 2 »

The Wild­cats picked up a PAC Lib­erty Di­vi­sion win after be­ing re­warded a penalty kick dur­ing the sec­ond over­time pe­riod against the Bears on Oct. 4.

Goalscor­ers for Boy­er­town were Jimmy Tow­ers and Colin Bris­bois while Ryan Burkhardt was cred­ited with an as­sist.

PERKIOMEN VAL­LEY 4, BOY­ER­TOWN 0»

Mike Weir had a hand in three goals to help lead the Vik­ings to a PAC Lib­erty Di­vi­sion win over the Bears on Oct. 2.

Weir had a pair of goals and an as­sist while Max Chamorro and Matt McCabe each scored once. An­drew Dauben­speck made seven saves for his fifth con­sec­u­tive shutout.

Field hockey OWEN J. ROBERTS 5, BOY­ER­TOWN 1 »

Brid­get Guinan scored two goals to head the Owen J. Roberts field hockey team’s 5-1 win over Boy­er­town on Oct. 5.

Maddi Koury, Brid­get Gal­lagher and Eloise Ge­bert also got in the scor­ing act for Roberts (6-2, 11-3), which padded a 2-1 half­time lead by scor­ing three in the sec­ond half of this Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Lib­erty Di­vi­sion tilt. Jenna Kirby was cred­ited with a pair of as­sists while Koury and Ri­ley Han­son each had one.

Boy­er­town got its goal from Syd­ney Fox, with Cassie Kid­well on the as­sist. Hia­ley Le­ven­good had a seven-save day in goal.

PERKIOMEN VAL­LEY 6, BOY­ER­TOWN 0»

Cristina Dougherty notched a pair of goals while Gabby Martina had a goal and two as­sists dur­ing the Vik­ings’ PAC Lib­erty Di­vi­sion win over the Bears on Se­nior Night on Oct. 4.

Is­abel Lo­biondo, Teresa Bartkowski and Katie Wuer­s­tle each had solo goals while keeper Han­nah Ro­er­den faced just one shot to earn the shutout. Boy­er­town keep­ers Ha­ley Gable and Hai­ley Le­ven­good com­bined for 13 saves.

METHACTON 5, BOY­ER­TOWN 0 »

The War­riors ral­lied and scored four sec­ond-half goals en route to a PAC Lib­erty Di­vi­sion win over the Bears on Oct. 2.

Katy Ben­ton scored three times while Liz Chip­man fin­ished with a goal and an as­sist as Molly Frey made one save to pre­serve the shutout. Olivia Hoover had a pair of as­sists while Macken­zie Henry had a goal and Emily Owens had an as­sist. Ha­ley Gable and Hai­ley Le­ven­good com­bined for 13 saves for Boy­er­town.

Boys cross coun­try BOY­ER­TOWN 32, SPRING-FORD 33 »

Ja­cob McKenna’s top time of 15:43 wasn’t enough as the Rams were edged by the Bears in a PAC meet.

Boy­er­town’s Chris­tian McComb fin­ished sec­ond with a 15:49 while team­mates Todd Barton (16:08), Do­minic DeRafelo (16:15), Tyson Smyth (16:16) and Josh Endy (16:18) fin­ished sixth through ninth. Spring-Ford’s Shane Ain­scoe took third place with a 15:53.

Girls cross coun­try SPRING-FORD 20, BOY­ER­TOWN 43 »

The Rams took the four top spots, led by Syd­ney Gal­ster and Gabriella Bam­ford’s 19:53 clock­ing on the way to a PAC win over the Bears.

Rachel Mur­phy (20:12) and Rachel Moyer (20:39) fol­lowed close be­hind for re­spec­tive third and fourth place fin­ishes. Boy­er­town’s Zora Bergery ran a teambest 20:51 for fifth place.

Girls vol­ley­ball SPRING-FORD 3, BOY­ER­TOWN 2 »

The Bears ex­tended the Rams to five games but couldn’t come away with the PAC win on Oct. 5.

Boy­er­town opened up with a 26-24 win in the opening set to which Spring-Ford re­sponded with a 25-16 win. Boy­er­town then claimed the third set 26-24 be­fore SF rat­tled off the next two sets, 25-14 and 15-4.

AUSTIN HERTZOG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boy­er­town’s Kaleigh Gal­lagher (9) is con­grat­u­lated by Sierra Lan­des (16) after scor­ing her third goal of Fri­day’s 4-2 win over Gov. Mif­flin.

AUSTIN HERTZOG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Owen J. Roberts’ Caro­line Thomp­son, cen­ter, bat­tles for the ball with Boy­er­town’s Corinne Ren­ninger, left, and Hanah Mut­ter dur­ing Wednesday’s game.

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