Pennsbury vs. Central Bucks East

Pennsbury Comments
It was Groundhog's Day at Pennsbury as the Falcons lost 2-0 in a crossover match up against Central Bucks East. Fifth loss in a row. Fifth shut out in a row. Fifth unsolved mystery in a row. However, on what was said to be National Coaches Day, the Fab Four Pennsbury staff focused on the journey rather than the destination and refused to miss a chance to model resilience and grit. Coaches Traci Curtis, Brittany Sheenan, Aly Mallon, and Hannah Aker have found a way to let their philosophy guide the process and use the last seven days as a very powerful teaching tool. We knew that East would be another huge challenge and so we made some changes to our lineup to maximize our strengths across the layers. We are making smarter decisions as coaches and improving our overall approach to each game. Our girls have been so flexible and open to doing whatever is best for the greater good. It makes us proud to see their willingness to implement change and not fear it. The Patriots started off the scoring in the first quarter when they connected in the corner, beating a defender and PHS goalie, Vradenburgh. The score did not stay 1-0 for long as East added another goal right at start of the second quarter. Trailing 2-0, the Falcons stayed confident, positive, and united in their efforts from end to end. Pennsbury's defense shone brightly once again as they helped to deny 21 shots on goal and stop 11 penalty corners. Sophia Curtis got her stick on the ball to disrupt many corner shots and she protected the defensive end with smart playing. Helena Sosa, Rylie Henderson, Gabby Darling, Jenna Outcalt, and Vradenburgh were a force to be reckoned with as well in the back. Midfielders Olivia Graebner, Molly Murray, and EB Rafferty fought a great fight, and forward attackers, Meg McClure, Jaclyn Gorgo, Liz Jordan, and Reagan Ward worked with intensity for breakaways and chances in the circle, but just could not dot the i and cross the t. East is a tough, physical team with strong hits, accurate passes, great sticks, and the ability to score. We were excited about stopping them from scoring after their early second quarter goal and then through the entire second half of the game. The past five games have been an extreme rollercoaster ride with some upside down loops along the way. The Falcons are keeping their heads held high and celebrating the progress made along the way and the winnable moments that remind them of who they are. The orange and black are hoping to break the scoring drought on Monday night as they exit the "crossover dimension" and return to the Patriot division to play Bensalem. Huge shout out to CB EAST for their contribution to the PHS FH Food Drive! Your generosity is greatly appreciated and makes a difference beyond the field! Thank you!
Central Bucks East Comments
After coming off of yesterday’s big Senior Day win, it was tough to keep the energy up, but easy to keep the momentum rolling. Some great passing combinations led to our first goal that came with 8:41 left in the first quarter when Sophia Parker sent a beautiful cross ball into Caroline Suko. There were a lot of scuffles in the circle today and Pennsbury’s goalkeeper did an amazing job clearing the ball out and only allowing us the two goals. Our defensive unit of Kiera Lamb, Anna Daly, Paige Hussie, and Grace Manion did a great job keeping the ball out of our circle, only forcing GK Grace Gidwani to make one save in the shutout.

CBE: 1 - 1 - 0 - 0 (Caroline Suko - assisted by Sophia Parker, Ally Cenci - assisted by Amelia Wheelan)