Fri. Pa. girls' roundup: Franklin Towne Charter wins soccer title

Posted: May 26, 2012

Trailing eight-time defending champion Central High midway through the second half, Franklin Towne Charter rallied on goals by Rachel Gilborges and Maja Udovicki to win its first Public League girls' soccer championship, 2-1, Friday at Northeast.

Central (11-2-1), which had split a pair of regular-season games with FTC (14-3), took an early lead on Kiarah Cannady's goal.

Gilborges, a sophomore team captain, took control of the ball at midfield and penetrated the Lancers defense before tying the game on a 25-yard shot with 22 minutes left.

Amber Kostick's corner kick with 7 minutes to go resulted in the winning goal by Udovicki.

"Gilborges, Kostick, and Stephanie Ulmer," FTC third-year coach Brianna O'Donnell said. "All three are sophomores, and they controlled the midfield for us today. That was the difference."

Softball

Taylor Lichtenhahn pitched a three-hitter and Nazareth Academy scored on an error and a sacrifice fly in a 2-1 win over visiting Pope John Paul II in the quarterfinals of the District 1 Class AAA tournament.

Molly Scullion scored on an infield error in the fifth inning to tie the game, and Lichtenhahn lofted a sacrifice fly to score Brittany Colombo with the winning run in the sixth.

Sun Valley will be Nazareth's next opponent after the Vanguards bounced visiting Oxford, 2-1, with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. After Oxford scored in the top of the inning, Alie Alkins doubled and scored on an error, and Amanda Lewis scored on an infield error with two outs.

Rachel Boone scattered four hits and pitched Phoenixville's 3-2 victory at top-seeded Radnor. The Phantoms are seeded eighth in the 10-team field. Radnor pitcher Christy Von Pusch fanned 17 batters.

District 1 Class AAAA. Bishop Shanahan's Kate Poppe won a battle of pitching aces against Hatboro-Horsham's Maggie Shaffer, 1-0, by driving in a run in the playoff quarterfinal at Hatboro-Horsham.

Kathleen Devaney singled in the first inning, advanced on Erica Keen's sacrifice, and scored on Poppe's single to right field. Poppe struck out 17, walked two, and allowed only a second-inning single by Maria Spinosa.

Kelsey Straube singled home Alyssa Abbonizio in the 11th inning to end the Cougars' 7-6 thriller over visiting Chichester. Courtney Scarpato went 2 for 4 and pitched the entire game with 10 strikeouts, and Chichester's Michelle Haggerty and Meghan Wimmer combined for seven hits.

Catholic. Conwell-Egan earned the final berth in the league championship game by eliminating Archbishop Ryan, 9-6, in a semifinal at Arcadia University.

Regina Milburn drove in four runs, Shannon Stricker went 3 for 5, and pitcher Gina Massaro (2 for 3) scattered six hits and struck out six.

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