Tro­jans knock out Owen J. Roberts

The Ambler Gazette - - LETTERS - By Denny Dyroff

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

2ZHn -. 5REHrWs’ fiHOG hockey team got off to a good start in this year’s Dis­trict One Class AAA playoffs. The Wild­cats, who were seeded 19th, turned in a strong per­for­mance in the open­ing round Mon­day with a 3-2 away win over 14thseeded Down­ing­town East.

Owen J.’s team ar­rived at Wis­sahickon’s sta­dium Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon with dreams of fol­low­ing with an­other up­set win. But, the host Tro­jans wouldn’t co­op­er­ate — not even slightly.

Wis­sahickon used its pass­ing skills and over­all speed to stay in con­trol for most of the game. And, it used a pair of pretty scor­ing plays both in­volv­ing Sta­cie Rocco and Jackie eibbs — to post a 2-1 win over the vis­i­tors from north­ern Chester County.

The Tro­jans out-shot their JuHsWs 9-3 Ln WKH firsW KDOI, but were still locked in a sFRrHOHss GrDZ Ds WKH finDO sHFRnGs RI WKH firsW KDOI ticked away.

Wis­sahickon mounted one finDO RIIHn­sLYH surJH Ln WKH clos­ing minute — a surge that cul­mi­nated with the JDPH’s firsW JRDO. :LWK -DFNie eibbs as­sist­ing, Rocco firHG WKH EDOO LnWR WKH :LOG­cats’ cage to give her team a 1-0 lead with 0:07 left un­til in­ter­mis­sion.

“f think it was a lit­tle frus­trat­ing that we weren’t scor­ing,” said Wis­sahickon

sweeper Ash­ley Laskowitz. “0DNLQJ WKDW fiUVW VKRW EH­fore they scored was nice be­cause it got us go­ing.”

“I didn’t know there was less than one minute re­main­ing,” Rocco said. “Jackie had the ball on the left side and passed it to me on the post. The goalie came out and I shot it past her.”

Both teams were used to SODyLQJ RQ DUWL­fiFLDO WuUI DQG both played well. Wis­sahickon was just a lit­tle faster and a lit­tle more ef­fec­tive. The Tro­jans’ Emily Gal­lagher scored an in­sur­ance goal with 12:56 left in the sec­ond half on a play that be­gan with a penalty cor­ner.

“Jackie got the ball on the cor­ner and took a hard shot,” said Rocco. “The ball bounced off the goalie’s pads. I got the re­bound and shot. I had a clean shot and then Emily made sure it went in.”

It ap­peared as if the Tro­jans were on their way to a shutout, but then OJR’s Emma Christ­man scored off an as­sist from Molly Mi­nah- an with 4:10 left in the game. 7KH VKRW wDV RQH RI MuVW fivH launched by the Wild­cats.

“We scouted Owen J. at their game Mon­day,” said Wis­sahickon coach Lucy Gil, whose team is now 163. “They’re very skilled. We just wanted to be there when they re­ceived the ball.”

With the win, Wis­sahickon earned a berth in the dis­WULFW TuDUWHU­fiQDOV. 2Q )ULGDy, the Tro­jans will host sixth­seeded West Chester Hen­der­son, which posted a 3-0 win Wed­nes­day over 11thseeded Coun­cil Rock North.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / ADRI­ANNA HOFF

Wis­sahickon’s An­gela Virtu tries to con­trol the ball in front of her goal dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s Dis­trict One Class AAA play­off game against Owen J. Roberts.

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