Bensalem vs. Pennsbury

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Monday night lights proved to be just as exciting as Friday can be in Bensalem Memorial Stadium. Set against a sea of purple in the stands, the Pennsbury field hockey team battled their way to their first win in six games and scored for the first time since Sept. 28th. It was an adrenaline filled event as Bensalem dedicated the game to raising money for one of their families faced with a fight of a different kind, pancreatic cancer. It was an honor to be a part of the whole evening and a great reminder of why our team shirts read, “More Than The Sport”, explained coach, Traci Curtis. The whole Bensalem community came together for the cause and created a really fantastic atmosphere of hope, strength, and camaraderie. The Pennsbury FH team wishes the family the very best as they face this difficult obstacle. It is nice to know that they have that amazing community behind them to hold them up and help them through.

Bensalem came out with a fire in their hearts and everything to prove. With three minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Owls scored the first goal of the game and went up 1-0. It was a beautiful cross and tip goal that was executed very well. The excitement in the stands was unbelievable and a little intimidating. We knew this was not going to be easy - you can never underestimate Bensalem and especially on a night like this. It took a bit for our girls to adjust to the stadium, the lights, the fans, and the field, but once we got in a groove, we dominated with great passing and ball movement.

One minute into the second quarter the Falcons answered back tying the game 1-1 on a penalty corner deflection by Meg McClure. The Owls never let down and continued to capitalize on breakaway scoring opportunities, but Pennsbury’s defense held up the back field like a brick wall once again. Graebner, Darling, Curtis, Sosa, and goalkeeper, Vradenburgh denied shots and the few penalty corners Bensalem earned, holding them to that single goal. We are so proud of our defensive unit and how they work together. They are staying strong in their layers, supporting one another, stepping to the ball better, and distributing out as needed throughout the game. Each of those players has a role that they have naturally fallen into and it just works.

Liz Jordan pushed the Falcons ahead 2-1 on a pass from EB Rafferty with seven minutes left in the second quarter. That was the last of the scoring from both teams. Big shout out to Bensalem’s goalie who had an outstanding game. She made a dozen saves that were really game changing. Despite PHS having 15 corners and 20 shots on goal, the Owls held us to two and scoreless in the second half. They should be so proud of themselves and what they did out there tonight. They made our girls work for everything on that field.

The Falcons coaching staff is proud of their team’s progress across all layers and how well they executed penalty corners. We ran through all of our plays multiple times, but just need to take it to the next level where we finish inside the chaos in the circle after the initial shot. Jaclyn Gorgo and Molly Murray were outstanding in the midfield tonight being very creative with the ball and playing confidently. It was really nice to see that pair step up and use the mighty talent they have from start to finish. They did exactly what they needed to do and be that important connecting piece. It makes me really happy to see kids getting to that place in their game at this point in the season, Curtis added.

Tonight was the whole package - great community, great hockey, exciting match up, and an awesome focus on things that really matter. It was the best way we could have started off the week and prepare for what comes next. Sincere thanks, once again, to Bensalem for a wonderful night of field hockey and family.

The Falcons have another busy week ahead of them. They host Neshaminy on Wednesday for their second meeting and will be celebrating PINK OUT to raise money for breast cancer. Friday is the senior game against CR South at home and then they continue playing into the weekend with their only Saturday game against Conwell. That game will be a GOLD OUT game for PHS to raise money for Mini THON!