November 9, 2014 |
EXETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Ryan Haney liked the way his team looked before its PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal at Exeter Township High. The Archbishop Ryan girls' soccer team was focused, the coach said, and the players' eyes just looked "right. " It was a far cry from the way the Ragdolls had appeared Tuesday in a first-round game, in which they seemed nervous and a little bit off, Haney said. "The right songs were on the radio. Everything looked like it fell into place," Haney said.
November 8, 2014 |
Paul Strus, Cardinal O'Hara's interim head football coach, will not be with the Lions when they take on Archbishop Wood in a Catholic League Class AAA playoff semifinal Friday night at William Tennent. Kenneth A. Gavin, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, wrote in an e-mail Thursday that Strus "was placed on leave based on concerns that were voiced to school administration regarding his professional behavior. That matter is being looked into at this time, and his status is pending the outcome.
November 6, 2014 |
The game hadn't even started yet, and Devon Haviland needed to change her jersey. Usually wearing No. 0 in net, the Archbishop Wood goalkeeper was asked to replace her dark gray shirt with a color less like the black jerseys of Tuesday's opponent, the Northwestern Lehigh girls' soccer team. The senior obliged and put on a No. 1 in a bright red that was much different from what the Vikings were used to seeing inside their own 18-yard line. The change didn't impact her play.
November 5, 2014 |
A smile lit up Ryan Hemsley's face. But his right knee was bleeding. "A souvenir," the senior goalkeeper for Archbishop Wood remarked as he tried to wash it off by splashing water on it. "A souvenir. " Hemsley wasn't exactly sure when his knee started bleeding from hitting the turf at Northeast High School on Tuesday night. Neither did he care. No matter what time appeared on the scoreboard when he suffered the cut, the result of the game was still the same. Hemsley and the Vikings moved on in the PIAA Class AAA tournament by defeating Wissahickon, 3-3 (3-2 in penalty kicks)
October 30, 2014 |
You could feel the ground move. The large and rowdy student sections for the Archbishop Wood and Roman Catholic boys' soccer teams were on the move, changing positions to be behind the goal of the opposition. Vikings supporters ran one way, and Cahillites fans went the opposite way. It was the start of overtime in the Catholic League final, and both sides wanted a front-row seat for the game-winner. After 15 minutes and no score, the spectators changed again. Good thing they did, or else the Wood fans would have missed Matt McWilliams' golden goal that gave the Vikings a 1-0 victory and the championship.
October 28, 2014 |
At first, Jazmin Gonzalez couldn't remember the last time Archbishop Ryan lost a Catholic League girls' soccer game. Neither could Taylor Woods. Julianne Blank had to think about it, too. You can't really blame them. It's been a while. Top-seeded Archbishop Ryan blanked No. 2 Archbishop Wood at home, 3-0, and won its third straight Catholic League championship Sunday. It's the team's 25th consecutive league win. "It's exciting. These girls are a special group," said Ragdolls coach Ryan Haney, who has won five Catholic League titles in 10 years at Ryan.
October 27, 2014 |
Nearly two decades of frustration bounced away on Saturday afternoon. But that was not Jarett Nast's intent when he booted the ball from near midfield in the second overtime of Roman Catholic's 2-1 win over La Salle in a Catholic League boys' soccer semifinal at Archbishop Ryan. The senior defender looped the ball into the box, hoping it would find a teammate. It took a high hop. A lucky bounce, Nast said. The La Salle goalie had come out too soon. He could only watch as the ball sprang over his head and into the net. The 45-yard goal triggered a frantic celebration.
October 25, 2014 |
After four periods of scoreless soccer, Amanda Treadway knocked in a penalty kick to clinch 16th-seeded Downingtown West's 3-1 shootout victory over visiting No. 17 Unionville in the first round of the District 1 Class AAA tournament Thursday. West's Shae Yanez (8 saves) and Unionville's Adriana Weber (6 saves) had dueling shutouts after two overtimes. Plymouth Whitemarsh 2, Wissahickon 1 - Nicole Abbott and Maddie Berman scored first-half goals as the No. 12 Colonials took down the 24th-seeded Trojans to earn the first playoff win in program history.
October 23, 2014 |
Dan McDonald didn't wait for coach Joe Krantz to say who should take the penalty kick. The senior midfielder for the Archbishop Wood boys' soccer team didn't wait for anyone to volunteer, either. No. 7 ran right up to the ball, picked it up, and placed it on the mark 12 yards from the net. He was going to take it. McDonald didn't miss, and his goal with 13 minutes remaining in the Catholic League quarterfinal against St. Joseph's Prep put the Vikings over the top, 2-1, Tuesday night at Veterans Field in Southampton.
October 22, 2014 |
ANTHONY RUSSO threw praise like touchdown passes yesterday when asked about his record-tying performance last weekend against Bonner-Prendergast High. The 6-4, 215-pound Archbishop Wood quarterback gushed about his receiving corps, offensive line, running backs and coaches, without truly acknowledging what he had accomplished. Not only did his seven touchdown passes - all in the first half - tie a city record and earn Russo our latest Player of the Week award, but, in his estimation, they also earned him something more valuable - the chance to do more.