PC 4-for-5 on Tuesday
Coach Bobby DiBenedetto was pretty excited Tuesday as Penn Charter's boys soccer players gathered around him for a post-game speech.
"That was as big a game as you're going to see!" he gushed.
Reason: Though the Quakers had to perform without four injured rotation members, they posted a 2-0 victory over visiting Episcopal Academy. The first time around, the Churchmen had triumphed by that same score.
In this one, PC collected an own goal shortly into the second half as an EA defender, trying to curl a ball out of harm's way near the right post, instead fired it into the upper left corner. With 29 minutes left, junior Andrew Morris, still mad at himself because of a missed penalty kick at 35:30, soared high six yards out, even with the left post, and sent a head ball into the net. (See photo above.) The assist, off a right-side corner kick, went to freshman Ryan Bradby.
The goalie was senior Jay Jennings. His fullbacks were seniors Dylan Schwartz and Conrad Williams and juniors Connor Sullivan and Matt Kestenbaum.
PC, 4-2-1 in Inter-Ac play with games against Malvern, SCH Academy and Germantown Academy remaining, is the running for a championship.
Girls soccer also experienced an enjoyable afternoon, thanks to a 4-0 win over Agnes Irwin.
Junior Gi DeMarco bagged a goal and an assist while Brigitte Gutpelet had two of the latter. Eighth grader Kait Haughey and freshman Irish McCuen also scored goals and Mireyah "Rey" Davis (five saves) made sure to prevent any.
Boys water polo hosted Episcopal and toughed out a 7-5 win. Senior Max Blender was the lone Quaker with multiple goals (two). He also posted six of the team's 23 steals. Classmate Emmet Foley mixed five steals with three assists and junior Sean McLafferty had two of the latter.
Though field hockey dropped a 5-0 decision to Agnes Irwin, coach Steve Wagner was quite happy with the performance of senior goalie Janelle Sullivan. "Janelle played a stellar game," he told team manager Daisy Slawek.
In non-league action, girls tennis Inter-Ac champs won 6-1 against Friends' Central.
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