Pa. Girls: Thurs. Pa. girls: Villa Joe rallies

Posted: September 06, 2014

The Villa Joseph Marie girls' soccer team entered the locker room at halftime on the verge of a big upset Thursday.

The host Jems, ranked No. 2 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, found themselves down by two goals to St. Basil, a Catholic Academies rival.

"It was a gut check for the girls," Villa Joseph Marie coach Rich Finneyfrock said. "What are they going to do about it? Are they going to keep things as they are and go through the motions, or are they going to step up and change history?"

The Jems certainly stepped up, as they scored three unanswered goals in beating the Panthers, 3-2.

Bridget Galen scored two minutes into the second half, and Alexa Fabbri tied the score six minutes later. Taylor Stevens scored the winner in the 51st minute.

Ches-Mont. Cassie Cheeseman and Mackenzie Moore each deposited a goal during West Chester Rustin's 2-0 win over visiting Bishop Shanahan.

Ashlyn Kearney and Kendall Ammerman recorded assists, and Julie Griesemer needed just two saves to earn the shutout.

Central. Lexi Rainer scored two goals as Ridley blanked host Upper Darby, 7-0. The win gave coach Rob Nevin his 100th victory.

Tara Higgins and Cassidy Moretti were the goal-scorers for Penncrest, which defeated Harriton at home, 2-1. Goalie Kayla Allen turned away three shots.

Suburban Continental. Grace Bendon stopped six shots for No. 6 Central Bucks West, and Erinne Finlayson made five saves for visiting Quakertown as the teams tied, 0-0, through two overtimes.

Public. Her team down by a goal at halftime, Laquena Nagbe netted two goals to lead Frankford to a 2-1 road win over Kensington.

Nonleague. Kayla Yeager knocked in a one-timer with five minutes left in Philadelphia Academy Charter's 3-2 triumph against MaST Charter.

Ashley Jones, Brielle Kirk, Maddie Mahoney, and Ada Zimny scored for Octorara, which rode three first-half goals to take down host Coatesville, 4-1.

Field Hockey

Nicolette Vogelman scored two goals and Emily Horton deposited another as visiting St. Basil beat Bishop McDevitt, 3-0, in a nonleague game. Goalie Stephanie Liebel made fives saves to earn her first shutout of the season.

Also in nonleague play:

Beth Yeung recorded four goals in Delco Christian's 10-1 win over host Bristol.

Chloe Verwiel and Kennedy Luke combined for the shutout in New Hope-Solebury's 4-0 win at Morrisville.

Central. Alex Eliso scored a goal and dished two assists as host Garnet Valley doubled up Radnor, 6-3, at home.


Setters Lauren Kilroy and Jess McTaggart combined for 29 assists as Sacred Heart defeated Springside Chestnut Hill, 25-20, 23-25, 25-14, 19-25, 15-7, in a nonleague home match.

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