May 23, 1994 |
Before Friday's Academy League lacrosse championship game at Ursinus, a pair of hawks was spotted flying above the field. That proved to be a good omen for Villa Joseph Marie, for which hawks are a symbol of good luck. "We'll use anything that works," coach John McOwen said. "We're pretty superstitious at the Villa. " Good-luck charms, however, had little to do with the team's 11-8 win over Mount St. Joseph's. The Jems (17-1-1) did not play their best game, but they got goals when they needed them.
September 23, 1991 |
Villa Joseph Marie players experienced more ups and downs in the last couple of weeks than a well-used yo-yo. The highs included an extension of their league-unbeaten record to 92. The low was the end of a 53-game overall unbeaten streak. The Jems started off a two-day road trip to northern Pennsylvania with a broken bus at the Lehigh Tunnel. A four-hour delay turned the trip to Bucknell University into an eight-hour nightmare - a Friday the 13th nightmare. The Jems stepped off the bus at 8 p.m. - an hour past game time - and straight onto the field without dinner.
March 14, 1994 |
The similarities are almost scary, but Villa Joseph Marie coach John McOwen isn't complaining. The Jems won their state PIAA Class AA first-round playoff game Saturday night with a 51-40 win over Wyalusing at Loyalsock High School in Williamsport. And it looked an awful lot like last year. In 1993, the Jems also trailed by a point at halftime at the same gym to a similar-type team (Troy), and went to the inside game to pull out a win by a similar score. And Saturday, juniors Jen Santarlas and Maureen Michel combined for 14 second-half points and held their own on the boards, and that changed the game around and allowed the Jems to advance to a second-round game tomorrow.
November 18, 2000 |
Villa Joseph Marie captured its fourth PIAA Class AA girls' soccer championship yesterday with a 2-0 victory over Charleroi at cold, windswept, HersheyPark Stadium. Villa Joseph Marie (21-2-2), which closed its season with 16 straight wins, dominated the game, outshooting Charleroi, 15-4. The Jems' defense continually frustrated a team that had scored eight goals in three previous state games. "We play total team defense," said Villa Joseph Marie coach John McOwen, who has been in charge of the program since its inception in 1980.
May 7, 1992 |
Villa Joseph Marie shows signs of returning to the form it used to vault to a 4-0 start this season. The Jems (7-4 overall, 5-4 league) topped Morrisville, 12-0, in a 5-inning Bicentennial League game Monday. "We're playing like we did in the beginning of the season," said Jems coach Kim Wassinger, whose team has won two in a row. The Jems had 10 hits and no errors against the Bulldogs as they avenged a 6-3 loss April 9. "The team is hitting the ball like machines," Wassinger said.
October 2, 1990 |
Villa Joseph Marie, a private girls' school tucked neatly in the wooded confines of Holland, Pa., was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of St. Casimir. Like many private parochial academies, sports wasn't exactly the school's primary focus. Which may explain why it took Villa Joe 50 years to add such sports as girls' soccer and softball. "You sort of had to show them things," recalls John McOwen, the school's athletic director who introduced soccer to Villa Joe in 1982. "I came in specifically for soccer and then added softball.
October 22, 1990 |
If you can say Schlussel three times, you can name more than a quarter of the Villa Joseph Marie starting lineup. Of course, by that time, Colleen (a senior), Megan (a sophomore) and Erin (a freshman) will be deep into a game that more likely than not will turn into another win for the Jems. This is the first season the Schlussel sisters have ever played together, and they are enjoying it. "I've played with my older sister and my younger sister," Megan said. "I've always had someone with me, but never both at the same time.
September 7, 1995 |
It's soccer season again, and that means one thing to Villa Joseph Marie senior Lauren Cameron. It's time to relive the best experience of her life. Cameron was a key member of the Jems squad that won the PIAA state championship two seasons ago but failed to successfully defend the title. In fact, the Jems' season ended in the District 1 title game with a loss to eventual state champ Great Valley, and they finished with a 16-4-2 record. Disappointing? It was only the worst record in the 14-year history of the program.
February 4, 1991 |
Sophomore Vicky Dilks and freshman Jenna Hartley led Villa Joseph Marie (11-6, 3-4) to two Bicentennial League wins last week. The Jems defeated Morrisville (2-15, 0-8), 45-19, on Tuesday and Jenkintown, 47-41, on Thursday. The 5-foot, 9-inch Dilks had 13 points and 9 rebounds against Morrisville and 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals against Jenkintown, despite fouling out with nearly three minutes to play in the game. "Vicky got her fourth foul early in the third quarter, but we had to play her anyway.
September 28, 2008 |
Perhaps the Villa Joseph Marie girls' soccer team shouldn't be counted out just yet. After a rough start, the Jems are playing like the traditional state power that fans are accustomed to seeing. The latest confirmation came last night on their home field. Defender Lindsey King scored to give the Jems a 1-0 nonleague victory over the Boyertown Bears. With the win, the reigning PIAA Class AA cochampions improved to 8-4. Villa Joseph Marie, which moved up to Class AAA this season, also won its sixth consecutive game.