Fergeson scores late to sink Abington
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.
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“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.
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“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.
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