Pennsbury vs. Bensalem

Pennsbury Comments
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Pennsbury’s field hockey story continues and it now includes the first tally in the win column. It did not come so easily as Bensalem arrived pumped and ready to play the game from the moment they stepped off of the bus. The Falcons, on the other hand, stepped onto the field a bit sleepy and a little out of sorts. It was a back and forth game, with Bensalem dominating and denying goals with strength and determination. They played some great hockey and should be proud of their performance for sure. Pennsbury had many opportunities, including twelve penalty corners, but did not score their first goal until there were nine minutes left in the first half making it 1-0. Cammie Stuhlmuller tipped it in off of an assist from Maddie Spratt. Bensalem did not let down and answered with a goal on a corner with six minutes until the half. The teams entered the break tied 1-1 and the battle was just beginning. The Owls continued to deny the Falcons until Kayli Williams assisted Maddie Spratt half way through the second half (2-1). And then the game changed a bit. Pennsbury found their groove on some great sparks of inspiration from Liz Jordan, Nicole Joniak, Celia Dolan, Jaclyn Gorgo, and Kayli Williams. Maddie Spratt scored her second goal (unassisted) of the game with five minutes left making it 3-1 and then Celia Dolan added another with only three minutes left for a final score of 4-1. Goalies, Keira Korzeb and Haley Derr, put in a great combined effort to protect the win and prove to be a consistent strength in the cage. Despite the slow start and a little haphazard performance in the first half, the girls found a way to rise above, connect, and finish the game with great force. Everyone contributed across positions and grade levels and the final moments of the game were an awesome visual of what it looks like to fit the pieces together. Each day is new and every game carries with it many lessons to take away and apply on and off the field. The Falcons will continue a four game week on Thursday and begin a long stretch of traveling - there is so much more hockey yet to play.