Pennsbury vs. Council Rock North

Pennsbury Comments
The Falcons rolled in a little sluggish from the BIG emotions of their senior game on Monday. This week marks "the beginning of the end" for those graduating from the program and we are working so hard to keep their eyes focused on what is right in front of them - being present. There is still significant work to be done and the girls knew the importance of today's battle against Council Rock North - a win would push us ahead of them in the Patriot League. They understood the assignment. It was difficult to predict what we would face in North today because of all of the things that were different since the first time we faced them on September 13th, said coach Traci Curtis. That first game was away on their turf and only six games into the season. At that point, we were still building confidence, didn't even have our line up solidified, and had barely had a chance to practice on turf. One month later, here we are in game seventeen playing them at home on our grass field with a more solid understanding of what roster combo and formation works best for us. We are also an improved unit due to the lessons from some really great games leading up to this moment. Pennsbury put pressure on North's red zone very quickly and created early opportunities that were stifled by North's Sierra Kim. Kim is super solid in the backfield for them. Jules utilizes her perfectly and Sierra never fails to get the job done. Her task was to stop our offense and that she did very well throughout all four quarters. Pennsbury found a way around Kim and got on the scoreboard first with a scrappy tip off of a cross pass with seven minutes left in the first quarter. That ended up being the only goal of the game and the winner for PHS. Senior Captain, Liv Graebner, had the assist for Mia Popovich's game winner. Graebner has played in various places for us this season, vacillating between offense and defense. She is a vital part of both of those areas of the field so we make intentional decisions from game to game to determine what we need most from her that day. We got it right today in placing her. We have had a lot of success with Graebner working offensively with Popovich and McClure. It has been fun watching them grow together and get into a groove. Meg McClure created a lot for us today with selfless decisions and determination that rippled through every player. Meg does a lot of the heavy lifting and helps us to keep possession. North's goalie had some great saves for them today. Pennsbury tallied 15 shots and 5 penalty corners resulting in only a single goal. That speaks volumes about the keeper and the defensive unit. The Pennsbury keeper, Jordan Vradenburgh protected the shut out with four key saves and great leadership from the back. Reagan Ward, Riley Henderson, Gabby Darling, and Kaylin Flannery were solid on defense for the orange and black, holding North to less than 5 shots on goal. Mia Popovich, Molly Murray, Rylie Borgman, Ava Jordan, and Angelina Kenney helped to maintain possession and fought very hard in every play from end to end. Senior, Rachel Stein, came in late in the game and made some key plays to keep the Falcons lead intact. Rachel did some great things out there today and that is what we consider a bigger victory than the actual win. Seeing a player make such awesome progress is what sticks with us wherever we go. Today was a good game between two evenly matched teams. Pennsbury lost to North 1-0 back on Sept. 13th with one goal scored late in the fourth quarter. Today North lost to Pennsbury 1-0 with one goal scored in the 1st quarter. Jules has done a wonderful job with her program and it was fun playing them each time we did this season. We wish her and her team lots of luck as they move into the future. The Falcons will host CB South on Thursday for a very important final game of the regular season. The opportunities are still there, says a hopeful Curtis. Our focus is on CB South and the 60 minutes we will play against them. We will worry about what is beyond that when it's time.