Central Bucks South tops Wissahickon in OT

Central Bucks South's Kayla Kenney (6) is all smiles after scoring the winning goal in sudden-death overtime over Wissahickon.
Central Bucks South's Kayla Kenney (6) is all smiles after scoring the winning goal in sudden-death overtime over Wissahickon.
Posted: September 14, 2010

Since Central Bucks South doesn't have an artificial-turf field of its own, Titans field hockey coach Christina Ford was looking for the opportunity to give her team experience on the surface when she moved a scheduled nonleague home game to Wissahickon.

For a while, it appeared that Ford might regret the move.

It took Kayla Kenney's goal just into overtime to give the Titans a 2-1 victory. The Titans (4-0), ranked No. 1 by The Inquirer, were favored against the third-ranked Trojans (2-1) on the basis of their high-scoring start this season. South, which reached the PIAA Class AAA semifinals last season, had outscored its three previous opponents by 17-1.

Wissahickon was having none of that, however. The Trojans got on the scoreboard first on a Lauren Becker goal with a little over 19 minutes to play in the first quarter.

"That was a little too close for comfort," said Ford, who has high expectations for a team that boasts nine three-year starters. "Since postseason is on turf, it was a good test for us to see if we would crumble after being down - to see how we'd responded."

The Titans responded well, with Jessie Accurso taking a feed from Kenney to tie the score at 1-1 little more than three minutes after Becker's goal.

That's the way is stood until the seven-on-seven overtime period. Colleen Kempf found herself alone with the ball and headed for Wissahickon goalie Rina Lobell. Lobell, who began to play field hockey just last season, blocked Kempf's shot, but Kenney was there to follow up.

Lobell made 14 saves.

"We were definitely the underdog," said Wissahickon back Zoe Kale. "Our defense really surprised me. It did a great job. I was so glad we scored first. Some of us were nervous and that took a little of the pressure off."

Next up, the Titans will face Pennridge on Tuesday. The Trojans meet Plymouth Whitemarsh on Tuesday and Norristown on Thursday.

Central Bucks South 1 0 1 - 1

Wisahickon 1 0 0 - 2

Goals: CBS-Kayla Kenney, Jessie Accurso. W-Lauren Becker.

Saves: CBS-Lydia Keener 1. W-Rina Lobell 13.


Contact staff writer Don Beideman at 267-815-0733 or dbeideman@phillynews.com.

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