We’ve come to that time of the year when injuries just seem to build. Nowhere is that more evident than in the Delco boys contingent of the Inter-Ac League.
All-Delco Brett Campbell missed two games earlier this week, which is about the best way to keep him off the score sheet. He returned in higher spirits it seemed, scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Malvern Prep.
The Fords split the two games he missed, a hat trick from Connor Keating proving enough to get the win over Penn Charter.
But the news isn’t so good for Episcopal Academy goalkeeper Wills Singley, who dislocated his shoulder in a 2-2 draw against Germantown Academy Oct. 9. It’s the third time this season that Singley has dislocated his shoulder – the most recent time, he was making a stop that salvaged the draw against the Patriots – and head coach David Knox believes it’ll require an operation in the coming days to stabilize the joint.
Making matters worse for Singley is a loss in his family and the EA family, with the passing of his father a day later after a long bout with illness. The girls soccer team, of which Wills’ older sister Ali was a member and All-Delco goalkeeper last season, wore commemorative red ribbons in honor of their father in Churchmen’s last game (see the photo in the previous post).
As Wills is just a junior, Knox believes that he has a bright future ahead of him and is hopeful that he will remain an inspirational presence for his teammates this season.
“He didn’t want to let us down,” Knox said. “… We’ll be there for him. Just to be normal, to let him train and practice and be a part of the team, whether he’s playing or not.”
Stepping in between the sticks will be John Tyson, who saw action early in the season, splitting time with Single before the latter staked claim to the position.