Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Lower Moreland High School
Dock Mennonite Academy
I wouldn’t have scheduled it that way; your opening game of the season vs league rivals New Hope, followed by your home opener against always tough Lower Moreland, but that is what Dock girls soccer faced in today’s match. Having scary memories of last season were Lower Moreland outscored Dock 8-1, coach Ray Hess feared the worst, but hoped beyond all hope, for the best. So one can understand his absolute elation and childlike giddiness when after 27 minutes the scoreboard read Home – 1, Away – 0.
Hoping to generate more offense and at the same time solidify the midfield, coach Hess moved Brooke Bozarth to the forward position (that’s not a typo) joining the Energizer Bunny on steroids, McKenzie Swartley. Peyton Scialanca and McKenzie Gordon would anchor the center midfield positions. Just 1:28 into the game Dock earned a corner kick. Abby Nice’s corner kick caused havoc in front of Lower Morleland’s goal. Bozarth picked up the partially cleared ball and found Swartely skirting her way through traffic. Swartely’s finish was clinical, and for the first time in two seasons against Dock, Lower Moreland found themselves trailing in the first half of play.
But the storm was brewing; you could see it coming when by the 27th minute Lower Moreland had already manufactured ten shots on Dock’s goal. Dock had no answer to stop Lower Moreland’s Nicole Castor who past through Dock’s defense the whole game like Patrick Swayze in Ghost. Castor and her teammates Miah Gomez and Allison Asmann would account for twenty-one of the twenty-nine shots on Dock’s goal. Caster would even the score at the 27th minute and just two minutes later Lower Moreland would pull ahead for good.
The second half was all Lower Moreland. Keeping possession of the ball and pressing the attack, Lower Moreland would bend Dock’s midfield and find gaps in the back line. It was all hands on deck defending to keep the score from getting out of hand. If not for the super human performance of keeper Audrey Schweizerhof who transformed herself into a star fish to make save after save, the score could have been much worse. As it was, Lower Moreland would tally two more goals by Castor.
Dock would not go quietly though. With three minutes left in the game, Dock earned a corner kick. Nice’s kick did not clear the near post and it looked for certain to be out of danger. Lower Moreland’s defense made meal out trying the clear the ball, and Jaci Halteman ceased the opportunity, depositing the loose ball in Lower Moreland’s.
We would be remiss if we did not mention the yeomen effort of McKenzie Gordon. Gordon does not play with a lot of flair or flash. Style points are not her thing (neither are words). What she does play with is a lot of heart and hard work. She plays by the creed: “the ball or the player, but both don’t get by her.” Her style of defending is to go through her opponent, not around. Which explains trial of players littering the ground behind her.
Next game is Thursday, at MaST Charter.
SOG: LM = 29; DMA = 4
Saves: Goldstein (LM): 2; Schweizerhof (DMA): 25
Dock Mennonite Academy