November 17, 2013 |
There's one thing the Neshaminy girls' soccer team hasn't had to get too familiar with this season: trailing. With a high offensive output all year - they have scored 103 goals - the Redskins have found themselves chasing an opponent to try to find the equalizer only twice. The first came in an early Suburban One National game against rival Pennsbury. More recently, Neshaminy fell behind in a grueling District 1 Class AAA quarterfinal against Spring-Ford. The second instance is noteworthy, because the Redskins (24-0)
November 17, 2013 |
The ball was on the ground, the game was on the line, and members of the Neshaminy coaching staff were yelling, "Fight! Fight!" It was late in the first half of the District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal game between the host Redskins and Spring-Ford on Friday night. After a Neshaminy touchdown tied the score with 2 minutes, 45 seconds left in the second quarter, Spring-Ford fumbled the ensuing kickoff, resulting in a crucial scrum for possession in front of the Neshaminy sideline. Neshaminy senior defensive back Devon Brown came up with the ball on a play that the Redskins said was a turning point in their 56-27 win. Neshaminy's opportunistic defense forced six turnovers and scored two touchdowns, while Redskins senior running back D'Andre Pollard rushed for 181 yards and four touchdowns.
November 14, 2013 |
The Spring-Ford girls' soccer team has said during its playoff run that it fed off the idea of being overlooked. The Rams won't have to worry about that anymore. Not after knocking off Seneca Valley, 2-1, in double overtime of the PIAA state Class AAA semifinals. Megan Giannopoulus scored the winner. Spring-Ford (24-2-1) will meet Neshaminy in the state final at 4 p.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium. State Class AA Soccer Semifinal Trinity scored a goal in each half and downed Villa Joseph Marie, 2-0, at Hamburg.
November 11, 2013 |
As far as Aley Kate McKinley is concerned, the Spring-Ford girls' soccer team has been doubted throughout this season. Whether it was the question of if the squad could win its first Pioneer Athletic Conference title or make a run through the District 1 Class AAA tournament, the senior forward says her side has always been an underdog. The Rams have used the feeling of being underappreciated as motivation, taking it personally when they were tapped as the eighth seed in district play.
November 10, 2013 |
When you have walked the soccer sidelines for as many years as Sheldon Chamberlain has, you are bound to have some stories. There's the time Chamberlain - the 73-year-old coach currently at the helm of the Spring-Ford girls' team - had an hours-long dinner with Brazilian soccer legend Pele as well as his bodyguard. There was an encounter with Mia Hamm when she was on the University of North Carolina team, and there was a trip to the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Chamberlain doesn't always talk about these things.
October 19, 2013 |
Playing on its home turf, Spring-Ford captured the Pioneer Athletic Conference boys' and girls' soccer titles Thursday night. In the first game of a doubleheader, the boys' team needed penalty kicks to break a scoreless tie and turn away Perkiomen Valley. The Rams won the kicks, 4-3, with Pat Swartz making the clinching save. Jerry Williams, Dan DiLiberto, David Gulati, and Nick Bombard converted PKs for Spring-Ford. In the girls' game, Sarah Hancock scored early in the second half and Spring-Ford held on to edge Boyertown, 2-1. The winner came off a cross from Megan Giannopoulos.
October 10, 2013 |
If Aley Kate McKinley and Julianna Radzinski remember correctly, the last time the 11 seniors of the Spring-Ford girls' soccer team had all played at the same time in a game was when they were in elementary school. They were on the same under-12 team, to be exact. On Tuesday, that same group was back together for senior night, All 11 got the starting nod, and the Rams defeated Pioneer Athletic Conference rival Methacton, 1-0. "It was really special," said McKinley, a senior forward.
October 4, 2013
PITCHERS AND catchers will hold their first workout of the 2014 season in Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday, Feb. 13. The Phillies unveiled their spring-training schedule yesterday, which includes 16 Grapefruit League games at Bright House Field in Clearwater. The Phillies' first game of the spring has the Toronto Blue Jays coming to Bright House on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Phils will play 31 games in Florida before heading home for two exhibition games against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on March 28-29.
September 28, 2013 |
While Perkiomen Valley may still have a say in things, the Pioneer Athletic Conference title likely will be decided when Pottsgrove clashes with Spring-Ford Friday night in Royersford. The Falcons arrive for the 7 p.m. matchup at Coach McNelly Stadium with a 4-0 overall record and 3-0 mark in PAC-10 play. The host Rams, who pinned a 14-7 defeat on Perkiomen Valley (3-1, 2-1) in Week 3, are 3-1 and 2-0. Last year, en route to going 9-0 and claiming top league honors, Pottsgrove blasted Spring-Ford, 26-0.