Wittick scores four in Downingtown West win

Posted: October 12, 2012

Jennifer Wittick's first goal was pretty. Her second goal, clinical.

The third one? Well, that was just impressive.

By the time Wittick scored her fourth goal for the Downingtown West girls' soccer team on Thursday night, the ball hitting the back of the net by way of Wittick was expected.

Her tremendous individual effort gave the Whippets a 4-2 victory over Bishop Shanahan in a matchup of the top two teams in the Ches-Mont League.

The win solidified the Whippets (12-2 overall), ranked 10th in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, as the No. 1 team in the league, with an 11-0 record.

"I wanted to do it for all of the seniors," said Wittick, herself a senior.

"We wanted this game so bad."

All six goals were scored in the first 15 minutes of the first half, in a high-energy and fast-paced game in which both squads moved the ball around well, knocking it around from sideline to sideline.

But it was Wittick who shined, scoring three goals with her feet and one with her head.

"We knew to cover her, and we worked on it," Bishop Shanahan coach Mark Farra said. "And it didn't work."

Wittick's four goals came in a span of eight minutes, as the forward headed to Georgia Southern University next year seemed almost unstoppable.

"We always know that she is going to bring it," Downingtown West coach Wes Davis said. "I don't know if it was because it was Senior Night or what, but she brought a little something different tonight."

After playing the entire first half, Wittick didn't log a single minute in the second, as she had landed strangely on her right knee sometime in the first 40 minutes of play.

The knee swelled up, so Wittick had it bandaged and the team decided it was safer to have her sit out and rest rather than risk further injury to her knee.

The loss didn't move the Eagles (10-3-2), ranked seventh by The Inquirer, down in the league standings, as their 7-2-2 league mark is still good enough for the second-best record.

"It's a good learning tool," Farra said, of learning to isolate the opposing team's best player.

"What can you do? You just go on to the next game."

Bishop Shanahan   2 0 – 2

Downingtown West   4 0 – 4

Goals: BS-Elaine Byerly, Emily Zink; DW-Jennifer Wittick 4.

Saves: BS-Brooke Powers 6; DW-Annie Messner 3.

Contact Kate Harman at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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