Wis­sahickon blanks Chel­tenham

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

Wis­sahickon had played 10 games in the Subur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence be­fore Tues­day. And in its 11th game against league op­po­nents, the Tro­jans man­aged to do what they’ve been able to do for the past sev­eral weeks – not lose.

The Tro­jans stayed un­de­feated in league play, im­prov­ing to 9-0-2, fol­low­ing a dom­i­nat­ing 4-0 win over vis­it­ing Chel­tenham on a cold and rainy af­ter­noon at Wis­sahickon High School.

Wis­sahickon (11-1-2 over­all) re­ceived one goal and two as­sists from sopho­more Cole Krop­nick en route to what was an easy vic­tory for the con­fer­ence’s top seed, some­thing the Tro­jans have been able to ac­com­plish with only two se­niors on the team.

“I didn’t think we would have this kind of suc­cess this sea­son,” Krop­nick said. “,W’s D ELJ sWHS WR EH firsW LN the league with a bunch of sopho­mores and ju­niors and it’s a big ac­com­plish­ment.”

On Tues­day, the Tro­jans got the scor­ing started fairly early, as sopho­more Shane Fallen took a pass from Krop­nick and beat Chel­tenham ju­nior goal­keeper John Win­nig for a 1-0 Wis­sahickon lead. Roughly 12 min­utes later, Krop­nick tal­lied an­other as­sist, this time on a goal by sopho­more Devon Memis.

“We’re bat­tered and bruised and (Wis­sahickon) came at us strong like we knew they would,” Chel­tenham coach Chuck Gesing said. “They kind of over­whelmed us. We GLG Rur EHsW WR fiJKW EDFN DNG we had some op­por­tu­ni­ties early on, but we didn’t cap­i­tal­ize on them and the in­evitable hap­pened.”

Wis­sahickon con­tin­ued to over­whelm the Pan­thers (5-80, 5-6-0) in the sec­ond half, as Krop­nick and Memis each tal­lied goals to put the Tro­jans up 4-0. Ju­nior Neal Guaglionone DssLsWHG RN WKH fiNDO JRDO, ZKLFK came in the 64th minute.

“We’ve tried a few things out and they’ve worked hard and the kids have done those things,” Wis­sahickon coach Stu­art Mal­colm said of his team’s suc­cess this sea­son. “One thing I say to peo­ple in re­gards to high school is that each year is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent and you see what comes through and you try to make things work. We’re for­tu­nate in be­ing suc­cess­ful as a team, since this is a team sport. I think it’s been a pretty good col­lec­tive ef­fort throughout the sea­son.”

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