C.B. East shuts down Ryan

Archbishop Ryan's Casey Rodgers loses control of the ball under pressure from Central Bucks East's Annie Axenroth (left) and Emma Loving during the first half. C.B. East won, 1-0.
Archbishop Ryan's Casey Rodgers loses control of the ball under pressure from Central Bucks East's Annie Axenroth (left) and Emma Loving during the first half. C.B. East won, 1-0. (DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer)
Posted: November 07, 2013

It would have been easy for Paige Marcinkowski to lose focus.

The Central Bucks East senior goalkeeper had been standing near her goal line with not a whole heck of a lot to do all evening at Northeast. Sure, she had been helping organize her backline, shouting orders, and making sure her teammates didn't miss assignments, but as far as saves go, Marcinkowski rarely had to touch the ball.

With 6 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the first-round game of the PIAA Class AAA state tournament, Marcinkowski didn't just make her first save of the night. She also thwarted Archbishop Ryan's best offensive chance, as East defeated the Ragdolls, 1-0.

"It's really hard to stay connected to the game. I was always told, 'Stay connected, stay vocal,' but I think keepers are underestimated if we aren't touching the ball," Marcinkowski said.

"I just stayed in the game. I didn't let distractions - the fans, the adrenaline - get to me."

The Patriots (19-3-3) entered the matchup having lost two straight, unable to score a goal over those games. Sophomore Emma Loving said the Patriots' struggles the past week helped iron out some problems.

In particular, Loving said, the defeats exposed some problems with the back line, problems that were solved by the time the Patriots hit the turf Tuesday. They were able to contain Ryan (21-2), especially forwards Briana Egenlauf and Jules Blank.

There were improvements on the offensive side, too, as junior forward Emily Palmer sent a rocket flying past the Ryan keeper, after Loving's original shot careened off the crossbar.

"I could believe it because it is just my luck," Loving said, laughing. "It was nice seeing her [Palmer] there."

It was Blank that Marcinkowski stonewalled in the waning minutes of the second half, as the sophomore had a breakaway and looked as if she was going to tie the game.

East will face Boyertown - which beat the Patriots in the third-place game of the District 1 tournament - Saturday at a time and place to be determined.

"I think it would be awesome to get a chance to beat them this time," Palmer said.

Loving was less diplomatic.

"That's what I wanted," she said.

Central Bucks East 0 1 – 1

Archbishop Ryan 0 0 – 0

Goal: CBE-Emily Palmer.

Saves: CBE-Paige Marcinkowski 1; AR-Jazmin Gonzalez 4.


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