Council Rock South vs. Pennsbury

Council Rock South Comments
1st Quarter:
Kerry Kaufman, unassisted, 7:22 remaining
Kylee Hager, unassisted, 4:47 remaining
Caroline Martin goal, Kerry Kaufman assist, 0.0 remaining off a corner

2nd Quarter:
Kylee Hager, unassisted, 13:10 remaining
Kylee Hager, unassisted off of a rebound, 11:46 remaining
Elise Lindros, 8:50 remaining - Kerry Kaufman direct shot hit the post and Elise tipped it in
Kerry Kaufman goal, Amanda Green assist, 6:52 remaining - Corner

3rd Quarter:
Kerry Kaufman goal, Amanda Green assist, 8:21 remaining - Corner

Corners: 15
Shots on goal: 33
Saves: 0

Corners: 1
Shots on goal: 0
Saves: 22
Defensive save: Gabby Darling

Comments: I am happy with the way the team played today. They came out strong and put the pressure on Pennsbury right away. Pennsbury's defense held us off for awhile in the first quarter where we had many opportunities during the first 5 minutes but could not execute. Luckily, after our first goal we were able to work through the defense to create more offensive opportunities where we were finishing. We moved around several players positions and I was happy to see the team adapt and adjust as the game went on.

Kerry & Kylee really contributed to the scoring today both with 3 goals a piece. Amanda Green was credited with 2 assists. She is one of our captains and does on wonderful job in the midfield. She never gives up on the ball and is a consistent and reliable player. She has been a huge contributor both offensively and defensively on the field so far this season.

Pennsbury Comments
It was another tough day for Pennsbury field hockey as they got stomped by Council Rock South in their first meeting. CR South is an incredible team - we are just not at their level. There is a huge skill gap that caused us to be outmatched against a team like that. We were outplayed, outsmarted, outskilled, and out trained. There were a plethora of factors that put us far behind the eight ball before the game even began, said head coach Traci Curtis, but we never make excuses, we just do our best in the moment. If losing 8-0 was our best today, then it is what it is - so many players worked really hard, did the job they were asked, and took ownership of their role. We focus on celebrating the good that happens along the way, the progress, the application of what we've taught, and we set our sights on winning the small moments. We had a few good small victories within the big loss today. We were missing essential starting defender, Olivia Graebner, in the center and that made a huge difference in the back field. Sophia Curtis did a tremendous job filling the center, a change of scenery from her usual left back position. Curtis made some strong stops, took a majority of the free hits, and played a part in both offensive and defensive corners. A few more players were absent today who could have contributed fresh legs and that hurt us as well, but it gave a variety of players a chance to get into a varsity game and get a feel for the level of competition. This was our first turf game of the season and making that transition from grass can take some time to adjust to for some. In addition, when a game like this is scheduled right after a holiday the problem of transitioning to turf is compounded. We were not able to practice and prepare for today the way we wanted to and even if we did have the time, not having a turf field for training is a huge obstacle we face at every turn in the SOL. The Falcons definitely moved the ball far better today than they have in previous games, but it just wasn't enough. The 50/50 balls killed us and running out of steam in key positions is a battle we are fighting every game, Curtis added. The midfield is where we need the most growth and that is a difficult place to not have solid. I think we could have dug a little deeper today in some facets of the game. CR scored a third goal in the final seconds of the first quarter and that was like a shot to the heart. If we just could have found a way to keep it to two goals at that point, it would have felt more hopeful. That was a disappointing moment. South slammed four more goals into the cage in the second quarter and then added one final goal in the third. South even had a penalty stroke, but put it wide left missing the cage. Our JV goalie, Kayla Shaffer, came in for the third quarter and did a nice job with her varsity opportunity, then she went on to play the entire JV game. Starting goalie, Vradenburgh returned to the cage in the fourth quarter and helped to hold South scoreless. She collected some good saves off of the battery of shots that came her way in her 45 minutes of play today. A game like this is actually great for our goalies because it gives them a high level challenge and opportunity to learn, grow, and make adjustments to their play. Sometimes the best way to learn is to simply be in the thick of it getting fired with shots. Pennsbury stand out players today included Rylie Borgman (who continues to contribute positively when we need it most), Avalee Shumski (who stepped up on defense for us today), EB Rafferty, Meg McClure, Liz Jordan (who was a great utility for us as we moved her all over the place to fill gaps), Jenna Outcalt, and Gabby Darling who notched a fantastic defensive save. In perfect Falcon field hockey fashion, we will walk away from this game with a lot of homework to do and be sure to focus on, not where we failed, but where we succeeded and what we can pull from the experience that will help us to be better in hockey and in life. PHS will host Truman on Monday for another league contest and then travel back to the turf to face Council Rock North on Wednesday.