High-pow­ered of­fense keys LC win over O’Hara

Souderton Independent - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter

Three dif­fer­ent strik­ers scored goals for a Lans­dale Catholic of­fense that over­whelmed vis­it­ing Car­di­nal O’Hara in the sec­ond half Thurs­day, as the Cru­saders earned a 4-2 win in the Philadel­phia Catholic League con­test.

“It’s a re­ally good of­fense — a lot of skill up there,” ju­nior striker Jil­lian Gi­ampa said hap­pily.

Af­ter the Lions tied it up 2-2 on Cather­ine Wrob­lewski’s sec­ond goal of a sunny af­ter­noon at LC, Gi­ampa put one home at the other end just a minute later to put LC ahead for good at 3-2.

“I saw Bryn (Wassel) tak­ing it up and I knew I had to get in the right po­si­tion,” Gi­ampa said. “When I saw her cross it, it wasn’t all the way to me so I had to step in front and re­ally work to the ball so I could get my chance to get it in.”

“I thought that made a lit­tle bit of a state­ment for our girls,” LC coach Tom O’Donnell said of the Cru­saders tak­ing the lead right back. “We were kind of just sleep­walk­ing along, win­ning 2-1, and all of a sud­den (O’Hara) ties it. In other years with other teams, that could have been the be­gin­ning of a dis­as­trous slide. But the girls came back a minute later and slam it in and we’re back in front. And we looked good from that point on.”

LC sealed it when Gi­ampa got to a loose ball that had GHflHFWHG RII LLRNs JRDOLH Carrie Za­mon­ski, mak­ing it 4-2. Za­mon­ski could not quite get con­trol of the ini­tial shot and Gi­ampa was there for the re­bound.

“I was hop­ing for it,” the ju­nior said.

The Cru­saders (3-2 over­all and 2-1 in the PCL) had taken a 1-0 lead on an early goal by Wassel and then O’Hara tied it on a penalty kick by Wrob­lewski. Lexi Mayo scored to give the Cru­saders a 2-1 lead at half­time.

“That’s a good sign,” O’Donnell said of the team’s offensive play. “When your de­fender chips in, that’s good, but all three strik­ers chipped in to­day with a goal and I’m happy about that. That’s a good thing. If we don’t score, the game is a 2-2 nail­biter. That’s the dif­fer­ence right now - these kids are scor­ing.”

LC also had plenty of firHSRZHr WR FKRRsH IrRP LN out­last­ing Car­di­nal O’Hara (4-3-2 over­all and 1-2-1 PCL).

“The hard­est thing that I’m try­ing to get through right now is I’ve got 18 kids that are all tal­ented,” O’Donnell said. “It’s nice that you have depth, but I’m try­ing to get 18 girls into the game. I’ve had teams where I could go 15 deep, and what I have now is 18 that are le­git­i­mately good. And there’s ver­sa­til­ity on this team. We jig­gled some girls around and (as­sis­tant coach) Ar­mando (Moral) even sug­gested dur­ing the game some other moves, in terms of get­ting the most con­di­tioned ath­letes on the fiHOG, EHFDXsH ZH KDG NR con­cern they could do the job.”

LC looks for an­other win to­day when it trav­els to Agnes Ir­win for a 3:45 non­league game.

For Mont­gomery Media / MARK C. PSORAS

Lansdale Catholic’s Bryn Was­sel works a ball be­tween Car­di­nal O’Hara de­fend­ers dur­ing Thurs­day’s Philadel­phia Catholic League ac­tion.

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