Monarchs slip past iower Moreland
After the game, during his post-game speech, Gwynedd Mercy Academy coach Gary LDPsEDFN PDGH LW D SoLnW Wo OHW KLs sHnLoU FDSWDLn, TDyOoU Caparo, know that she was the player of the game. And it was for good reason.
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Caparo’s assist to sophomore hatelyn Gillinger late in the second half was HnouJK Wo JLYH G0A WKH YLF- WoUy oYHU LowHU 0oUHODnG, wLnnLnJ 4-2 Ln D DLsWULFW 2nH CODss AA fiUsW UounG playoff at Gwynedd Mercy Academy on Wednesday afternoon.
One season after losing Wo ULYDO VLOOD -osHSK 0DULH 2-1 Ln oYHUWLPH Ln WKH GLsWULFW finDO, CDSDUo DnG WKH LDGy 0onDUFKs (12-6-1) DUH fiJKWLnJ Wo JHW EDFN Wo WKH finDO DnG HDUn WKHPsHOYHs WKH all-important district title, as well as a trip to states.
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After GMA took a 2-0 lead, WKDnNs Wo JoDOs IUoP MunLoU captain Meredith D’Angelo and sophomore captain Emily SuOOLYDn, WKH LDGy 0onDUFKs OHG 2-0 DW WKH 11:08 PDUN oI WKH fiUsW KDOI. AnG wKLOH LW DSpeared that GMA would take that two-goal lead into the half, the iady iions turned the entire game around with two shots.
,n WKH JDPH’s 36WK PLnuWH, sophomore Celena Costa took a pass from star freshman Bridgette Alexander DnG EHDW G0A JoDONHHSHU CouUWnHy SuOOLYDn Wo FuW WKH LDGy LLons’ GHfiFLW Wo 2-1. AnG wLWK MusW 56 sHFonGs UHmaining in the half, Alexander took a pass from sophomore hristen Wolfgang and wDs DEOH Wo WLH WKH JDPH DW 2-2.
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