Prendergast Routs Cardinal O'hara; Penncrest Wins

Posted: September 21, 1987

Two local field hockey teams came away with their first league victories of the season after earlier showings that were less promising.

The Archbishop Prendergast Pandas gave their new coach, Karen McPoyle, her first victory Friday, a 7-1 thrashing of rival Cardinal O'Hara. The Pandas had suffered similarly in a 7-0 loss to Archbishop Wood in the Catholic League opener Wednesday.

"I think they were a little more comfortable working together," McPoyle said after the O'Hara game. "The kids are passing a lot better and really working for goals."

That statement was borne out by the wide scoring distribution against O'Hara. Kathy Foster had two goals, while Mary Jo Ely, Jackie Vahey, Mary Kate Kelly, Diane McBride and Debbie Selier had one each.

McPoyle played field hockey for Prendergast from 1976 to 1980. "We haven't won a championship since 1978, so I'd like to get us back working in that direction again," she said.

The Penncrest Lions, 4-0 losers to Radnor in their first Central League game, turned things around Thursday with a 3-0 triumph over Upper Darby. Claire Telgheider and Margie Trankiem scored in the first half, and Tracy North added a second-half goal for the Lions (1-1 in league play, 3-2 overall).

Kristy Inman's hat trick in a 5-0 victory over Oxford helped the Garnet Valley Jaguars even their record at 1-1 in the Southern Chester County League. Kim Mills had Garnet Valley's two other goals. Earlier in the week, the Jaguars (3-1 overall) had dueled powerful Unionville for 50 minutes before succumbing, 2-1.

"We had won our other games with strong offense, especially at the beginning of the game," Garnet Valley coach Beth Wilkinson said. "I think my offense got intimidated just by the fact that we were playing Unionville."

The Chichester juggernaut continues to roll. The Eagles dispatched Academy Park, 5-1, on Thursday with one of their patented first-half scoring frenzies. Nannette Bolton led the attack with two goals. Chris Johnson, Danielle Sculley and Barb Claussen added one each. Lara Cini assisted on three of the goals.

"I think they've scored more goals in three games than the team did all last year," Chichester coach Maureen Oakes. "At the beginning of every game, we're just coming out and exploding on attack."

Academy Park's goal came off the stick of senior forward Kris Winklevoss. Goalkeeper Edie Andrews stopped 21 shots by Chichester. "She was coming up with some unbelievable saves," Oakes said.

Academy Park's Del-Val League record is now 0-2. The Eagles are 3-0 in league play.

Two previously winless teams got on the right track Friday, and both ventured outside their leagues to do so.

The Penn Wood Patriots, who had been 0-1-1 in the Del-Val League, scored a 1-0 triumph over Upper Darby of the Central League. Senior Kim Clemons scored the lone goal at 12:00 of the first half. Tasha Canty assisted.

A day earlier, Clemons had put her team in front by a goal against Harriton, but a defensive lapse in the second half led to a tying goal, Penn Wood coach Pat Crowther said. Neither team scored during a 10-minute sudden- death overtime, so the Del-Val League contest ended in a 1-1 tie.

"When we got the lead in the first half against Upper Darby, we told them at halftime not to let the same thing happen again," Crowther said.

Penn Wood's statistics showed that center back Kiya Green, link Chrissy Seelaus, forward Megan Faccioli, and forward and link Meka Mellix accounted for 47 pass interceptions or outright steals during the Upper Darby (0-2, 0-3) game.

"They just swarmed to the ball," Crowther said.

The Springfield Cougars dropped a 2-0 Central League game to Marple Newtown on Thursday, but rebounded a day later to defeat Sun Valley, 3-0, in a nonleague matchup. Senior Michelle Simons and juniors Stacey Kasparian and Barb Salerno scored Springfield's first three goals of the season. Nancy Kane and Tracy Gortian had assists.

"Hopefully, we've broken the ice," Springfield coach Laurie Gray said. ''We really played well the past three games."

The Interboro Bucs didn't fare so well outside the Del-Val League, losing on the road, 9-1, to Kennett Square on Thursday. Margie Cardell scored Interboro's only goal.

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