Ferge­son scores late to sink Abing­ton

Times Chronicle - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

A de­fense can only bend so far with­out break­ing.

It took Nor­ris­town about 58 PLNuWHs, EuW LW fiNDOOy got the best of Abing­ton in a 1-0 vic­tory. The Ea­gles had the ball in the Abing­ton end for the vast ma­jor­ity of the game, but it took a goal by Kei­fonna Ferge­son with two min­utes re­main­ing to seal the win.

“I was shocked that we didn’t score sooner, but their goalie was very scrappy,” Nor­ris­town coach Sta­cie Staufen­berg said.

7KH firsW KDOI ZDs RZNHG by Nor­ris­town, but it just could not put the ball in the net. De­spite keep­ing the ball LN WKH fiNDO WKLrG IRr PLNuWHs at a time, dis­con­nected passes and missed op­por­tu­ni­ties kept the Ea­gles off the score­board.

“We were try­ing to get that ex­tra pass to get past the goal­keeper, but it didn’t work,” Staufen­berg said. “We just couldn’t get past her, we were lucky to get the one goal.”

An­other fac­tor that kept them off the score­board was Abing­ton’s Faith Geat­ing. The Ghosts’ goal­keeper had nine of her 13 saves in the firsW KDOI, sSrDZOLNJ DFrRss the mouth of goal to stop all shots that came her way. She was also very vo­cal and made good de­ci­sions when com­ing past the crease to kick balls away. Geat­ing kept the Ghosts in for the ma­jor­ity of the game.

“Faith is a three-year var­sity starter and has been com­ing up with great saves for us ev­ery game,” Abing­ton coach Amanda Deer­ing said. “She is GHfiNLWHOy Rur sWDr NHHSHr.”

The sec­ond stanza brought more of the same for Nor­ris­town. Abing­ton got on the oc­ca­sional fast break, but its tran­si­tion game never had teeth as the rest of the team did not run with the at­tack­ers streak­ing for­ward. Katherine Geat­ing had a par­tic­u­larly good game go­ing for­ward, but she mostly ended up run­ning into the Nor­ris­town de­fense.

“I think we needed our PLG­fiHOG DNG EDFNs WR suS­port our of­fense once they got the ball, which is some­thing we are con­tin­u­ally work­ing on,” Deer­ing said. “At times we would have one player try and do it all them­self and we broke away from team play. If we could main­tain team play for 60 min­utes we would be bet­ter off.”

Af­ter al­most an en­tire game of offensive pres­sure and nu­mer­ous set pieces in the sec­ond half, the Ea­gles fiNDOOy ErRNH WKrRuJK. )Hrge­son got pos­ses­sion of the ball on the right side of goal, pow­ered through the de­fense and de­posited the ball in the NHW, fiNDOOy EHDWLNJ GHDWLNJ to clinch the win.

“She had a nice game, she picked it up af­ter our time out,” Staufen­berg said. “She needed to step it up and she did. It was good to see, I’m glad we came out on top.”

Abing­ton has not scored a goal in three games, but Deer­ing be­lieves it is not a men­tal is­sue.

“We get the tran­si­tion game, but then all of a sud­den there is a big gap be­tween the at­tack and the rest RI WKH SODyHrs. ,W’s D FRN­fi­dence thing. I think we have it at times, but oth­ers we break down. We need to put one in the cage, it would be nice to do it next game.”

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