Thumbs Up for Field Hockey, Soccer
Penn Charter's inexperienced field hockey team approached the end of September with a five-game losing streak, and the girls had been outscored within that stretch by 23-2.
So what happened Friday? The Quakers regrouped and claimed a rousing non-league win over visiting Central, of the Philadelphia Public League.
The final score was 3-2 and the winning goal was posted with 28 seconds remaining.
Junior Ava Nicolucci began the sequence with a strong cross from a spot close to the end line and maybe two-thirds of the way toward the right sideline. The ball reached sophomore Alex Lenfest about even with the left post and, thwack!, she pounded it into the cage.
Soph Elisabeth Ross (first half) and Nicolucci (second, assist by senior Leslie Goodman) also scored for PC and senior Janelle Sullivan was impressive in goal.
During the post-game meeting, responding to a question from coach Steve Wagner, senior manager Daisy Slawek noted PC had made 49 visits to the red zone. Above, Janelle Sullivan (orange), Leslie Goodman (3) and Bella Hondros (16) celebrate the field hockey win over Central. More photos.
Girls soccer trekked to Hill School and claimed a 3-1 victory. Senior Alex Kuper was the first Quaker to light up the scoreboard. Junior Gi DeMarco followed by doing so twice and her second tally resulted from a penalty kick. Senior Mireyah "Rey" Davis was in goal.
Boys soccer battled visiting Haverford School to a 2-2 tie. PC's first goal was tallied by freshman Jude Shorr-Parks on a feed from soph Ethan Cripe. Junior Andrew Morris created the 2-2 tie by converting a penalty kick with 21 minutes left in regulation. Senior Jay Jennings, having recovered from a recent concussion, was in goal.
The best moment in the emotional, oft-chippy game occurred right after the final whistle. As some players exchanged unpleasantries out toward midfield, PC junior Connor Sullivan noticed that a HS player was writhing on the field near the goal. Sullivan ran over, asked if he could help, then grabbed the young man's leg and pushed down on his foot to relieve severe pain caused by a cramp.
Boys water polo also hosted Haverford School and dropped a 9-8 decision. Senior Logan Wolfington recorded a hat trick . . . twice. Yes, he scored six goals.
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