Strong sec­ond half pow­ers Phil-mont

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

Phil-Mont Chris­tian’s 4-1 vic­tory over Chich­ester is a great ex­am­ple of how per­sis­tence on of­fense pays off.

De­spite be­ing down by a goal less than five min­utes into the match, the Fal­cons scored an equal­izer be­fore half­time and went on to bag three more in the sec­ond stanza to win the match in dom­i­nat­ing fash­ion. Most of the game was played in Chich­ester ’s half and af­ter knock­ing on the door for a solid 45 min­utes, the Phil-Mont at­tack broke through.

“It was a good game, but we started out re­ally slow with heavy touch and not play­ing our game,” PhilMont coach Dave Askey said. “But then we started to set­tle down and get some bet­ter pass work. We have a lot of young play­ers start­ing, but they are com­ing around.”

Be­fore the Fal­cons could blink, they were down 1-0 on Alyssa Blair’s goal off of a cor­ner kick. From that point on, how­ever, PhilMont held the ball in the PLG­fiHOG DnG JRW IRUwDUG wKHn SRVVLEOH. AV WKH fiUVW half pro­gressed, the Fal­cons gained more and more pos­ses­sion and it seemed a goal was im­mi­nent.

Af­ter nu­mer­ous missed shot at­tempts, the Fal­cons’ front line caught a break when Chich­ester’s goal­keeper mishit a clear­ance and the ball went right to Re­becca Hawkins. The PKLO-0RnW PLG­fiHOGHU WRRN one touch around a de­fender and shot the ball into the empty net to tie the game wLWK fivH PLnuWHV OHIW Ln WKH half.

The of­fense ex­ploded af­ter half­time. PhilMont’s Carly John­son had a penalty kick stopped by the keeper, but that did not stop the Fal­cons’ mo­men­tum. Not too long af­ter, Re­becca Hor­mann found a loose ball rolling across the six-yard-box and smashed it home to give her side a lead they would not re­lin­quish.

“It’s true that we were re­warded for putting pres­sure on,” Askey said. “One thing that I liked was that we were never known for our abil­ity in the air, but we started win­ning a lot of header which is good. The girls are work­ing hard.”

John­son made up for her missed PK with a free kick goal from just out­side the 18 that got over the head of the keeper. The fourth and finDO JRDO EHORnJHG WR .DWLH Siebert, who poked the ball home dur­ing a scrum in front of net.

Ask­ley was most happy with him team’s abil­ity to fiJKW EDFN DIWHU EHLnJ GRwn a goal early.

“It was good for us,” Askey said. “Some­times when you have a young team and you give up a goal early you start to get down, so this is good for us to be forced into this sit­u­a­tion and have to come back. I thought they played bet­ter and bet­ter as the game went along. It was im­por­tant for them to re­al­ize they can do that.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Phil-Mont Chris­tian’s Katharine Olinger heads the ball past Chich­ester’s Khadi­jah Ricks dur­ing Tues­day’s non-lleague ac­tion.

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