Pi­o­neers frus­trate Faith Chris­tian

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By An­drew Marcus amar­cus@mont­gomerynews. com

(xSHrLHQFH DQG FRQ­fiGHQFH can go hand and hand, and in the case of the Christo­pher Dock girls’ soc­cer team it is ex­actly what is go­ing on this fall. Even the Pi­o­neers’ sopho­mores have been on WKH fiHOG IRr D IuOO sHDsRQ LQ the Bi­cen­ten­nial Ath­letic League and it shows in their play.

Con­versely, the en­tire Faith Chris­tian team is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the league for the firsW WLPH LQ sFKRRO KLsWRry af­ter years as a mem­ber of the ACCAC (At­lantic Coast Chris­tian Ath­letic Con­fer­ence). They are see­ing the game at a new speed, and on Wed­nes­day the Pi­o­neers sprinted to a 7-1 win.

If the Lions did not read and re­act im­me­di­ately the RuWsLGH PLG­fiHOGHrs wHrH be­hind their de­fend­ers and bear­ing down on the goalie box. Sopho­more Bai­ley Kratz crossed a ball over to fel­low sopho­more Tabitha Miller in the sixth minute for WKH firsW JRDO. .rDWz WKHQ fiQished two goals her­self, one com­ing in the 46th minute di­rectly from her own cor­ner kick.

“One thing we al­ways prac­tice is get­ting through balls,” Kratz said. “Our team is re­ally com­ing to­gether. We have a lot of younger play­ers, but the se­niors are re­ally help­ful and we look up to them.”

7KLs Ls .rDWz’ firsW sHDsRQ with the Pi­o­neers. She trans­ferred from Soud­er­ton and en­riched an al­ready dy­namic sopho­more class. Sopho­more Olivia Seavy scored twice in the win and sopho­more Mat­ta­syn Shisler too found the back of the net.

“We have a lot of young tal­ent here,” Pi­o­neers’ coach Ray Hess said. “I am go­ing to play the best play­ers and the girls play on club teams, so they aren’t raw. They have all the tech­ni­cal things down. We just need to put more phys­i­cal­ity in their game. That’s where I come in. This is prob­a­bly one of the most tal­ented teams I

have had in a long time.” AIWHU WKH fiUVW VLx JRDOV were cred­ited to sophoPRUHV, finDOOy -uOLDnnD Kabakjian broke the mold in the 65th minute. Kabakjian is a fresh­man for the Pi­o­neers. The Lions’ ju­nior goal­keeper Carien Barnes was ac­tive all night and made 15 saves, but her team­mates strug­gled to counter at­tack.

“This sea­son has been good for us be­cause we are be­com­ing bet­ter soc­cer play­ers even though we are not win­ning,” Lions’ coach Jen To­taro said. “With the ACCAC, it was fun and no stress, but the girls did not get bet­ter. We look for­ward to the com­pet­i­tive games.”

Though the Pi­o­neers’ se­nior Shea Neal did her best to shut down the Lions’ top tar­get Rachel Shive, the se­nior con­tin­ued to push through fa­tigue. Even when Shive would make one savvy move to elude a de­fender there would be two more Pi­o­neers there to elim­i­nate scor­ing chances.

“(vHUyRnH Rn WKH fiHOG for them was fast,” Shive said. “We tried to take quick shots, but it is an ad­just­ment. We tried to pushup, but then I would not be ex­pect­ing (Neal) and she would come out of nowhere.”

Shive barely missed net­ting a goal in the 15th minute as she watched her bender sail over the cross­bar, but a tes­ta­ment to her de­ter­mi­na­tion she buried the Lions’ lone goal in the 20th minute. Goals have not come easy for the Lions in their fiUVW VHDVRn Ln WKH BAL, EuW Shive is lead­ing by ex­am­ple and show­ing her younger team­mates they can never give up.

“This is kind of a rude awak­en­ing to us be­cause the ACCAC was easy,” Shive said. “But we will come out from this as bet­ter soc­cer play­ers. I think over the next few years we will get a lot bet­ter.”

The Pi­o­neers dis­played their ex­pe­ri­ence through the du­ra­tion of the game and the chem­istry was clear in their pos­ses­sion style. From club ball, to sum­mer work­outs, this team has worked hard to be play­ing at the cur­rent level. They ex­pect noth­ing but big things to come over the next few months.

“I started soc­cer be­fore school even started and that has been help­ful for me,” the trans­fer Kratz said. “I knew some girls from club soc­cer and I am re­ally happy to be here. On this team we do not see each other as fresh­men and sopho­mores. We are just a team.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / SU­SAN KEEN

Christo­pher Dock’s Sharon Cur­tis kicks the ball dur­ing Wed­nes­day night’s ac­tion against Faith Chris­tian.

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