November 19, 2015 |
It was after Bridget Galen's winning goal found the back of the net. After the Villa Joseph Marie senior gave the Jems a 1-0 win over Fleetwood less than three minutes into the second overtime. After the Jems knew they would be returning to Hershey to play in the Class AA state championship game. After all of those things - the hugs, the cheers, the celebration - the hero in extra time was prone to hyperbole regarding her performance earlier in the contest. "I hit it over like seven times," she said in self-deprecation about her shots sailing over the goal.
November 16, 2015 |
Winning state titles is supposed to be difficult. But the way the Villa Maria field hockey team is playing right now, the Hurricanes are making it look anything but. Villa Maria, the defending Class AA state champions, rolled to a 6-0 victory over Moravian on Saturday in the PIAA quarterfinals. Megan Vermeil led the way with three goals, and Emily Doyle, Adele Iacobucci, and Hannah Miller each added one. Three goals came off corners. Danielle Acuna recorded seven saves for the shutout.
November 12, 2015 |
Alayna Gairo scored the winner just before halftime Tuesday as Spring-Ford came from behind to defeat Archbishop Ryan, 2-1, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA girls' soccer tournament. Ryan took an early lead at Northeast after Jules Blank scored three minutes in. KK O'Donnell tied it a few minutes later. PIAA State Class AAA Field Hockey 1st Round Elizabeth Farrell scored in OT and Downingtown East dispatched Stroudsburg, 1-0, at Spring-Ford. PIAA State Class AA Field Hockey 1st Round Annina Iacobucci knocked in three goals as Villa Maria sank Boiling Springs, 4-1, at Quakertown.
November 9, 2015 |
Moments before the District 1 Class AAA field hockey title game began Saturday, Unionville head coach Erin Curtis told her players she didn't want to see a slow start. Less than three minutes into the game, Downingtown East opened the scoring. Luckily for Curtis, the slow start she didn't want to see ended up lighting a fire under her players, who rallied for a 3-1 victory to win Unionville's second straight title. A dozen minutes after the opening goal, with second-seeded Downingtown East dominating, Curtis called a timeout to give her players time to regroup.
November 5, 2015 |
Caroline Steller scored a career-high three times on Tuesday. But when the game was on the line, she wisely shared the glory. Steller passed to Cammy Toddy who tapped in the winning goal with 4 minutes, 31 seconds remaining as Merion Mercy rallied to defeat Christopher Dock, 4-3, in a District 1 Class AA field hockey semifinal. Steller scored two of her three goals in the second half as he Golden Bears erase a 2-1 halftime deficit. Jill Bolton scored all three goals for Dock.
October 8, 2015 |
Frank Lichtner, 62, who taught and coached swimming at La Salle for 25 years, died of cancer Tuesday morning. The Explorers won the Catholic League Championship every season he was the head coach. The Explorers have won the last four state titles and every District 12 crown since 2009. Mr. Lichtner was honored at the school's Honors Convocation on Sept. 24. "Those of us who knew Mr. Lichtner . . . will have many stories to tell of his investment, his expertise, his self-effacing, student-focused demeanor," La Salle president Brother James Butler said in a statement.
September 24, 2015 |
Megan Vermeil said she prefers playing field hockey in warm weather. Abby Siana said she likes it better when it's cold. But after running past host St. Basil Academy, 12-0, on a breezy final day of summer Tuesday, both Villa Maria forwards agreed - 70 degrees and cloudy was perfect. "Yeah, this is a good temperature," Vermeil said. "This is ideal. " After starting the season with four wins and 23 goals in its first five games, all played in the sweltering tail end of a particularly hot summer, Villa Maria pounced on St. Basil, scoring two goals in the first three minutes of the game.
September 10, 2015 |
It wasn't long into overtime Tuesday when Angela Gervasi took matters into her own hands to conclude a Catholic Academies soccer matchup. Within the first minute of the extra period, the junior took control of the ball, broke past a trio of defenders, and scored to give host Mount St. Joseph a 3-2 win over Villa Maria. Ashley Pyne scored and assisted Reagan Fitzgerald on a goal. Pioneer Athletic Conference. Kylie Cherneskie powered Pope John Paul II's offense, recording a hat trick in a 7-0 rout at Pottstown.
June 6, 2015 |
Nichole Eberhard tossed a one-hitter in a 5-1 win over Kutztown at Patriots Park in Allentown to send St. Basil to the PIAA Class AA semifinals for the first time in softball. Eberhard struck out six and walked two. She also doubled. Amanda Clark and Carly Jensen both went 1 for 3 with two RBIs. PIAA Class AAAA Quarterfinals Hannah Streeper was 2 for 2 with a run, but Perkiomen Valley fell to Parkland, 5-3, at Fleetwood. PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals Maddie Abbot struck out five in Villa Maria's 1-0 loss to Bethlehem Catholic at Fleetwood.
June 3, 2015 |
Mary Cate Butler hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth Monday to give Villa Maria the lead for good in its 3-1 win over Conrad Weiser in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA softball tournament at Spring-Ford. It was the first state playoff victory in program history for Villa Maria. In the second inning, Sarahrose Jonik singled, stole second and third base, and scored on a squeeze play by Bridget Curley. Maddie Abbot went the distance and struck out 11. The second game of the doubleheader between Owen J. Roberts and Penn Manor was rained out and will be played Tuesday afternoon at Lyons softball field.