I’ve been doing a lot of writing about the Inter-Ac of late – no bias, just how the schedule plays out. So let’s balance things out a bit.
Since I missed the last big night of games, here are some thoughts on Thursday’s loaded slate.
- Once we revealed to the world in Tuesday’s notebook that Maris Hayes and Garnet Valley had recorded seven straight shutouts wins, the soccer gods obviously had to do something to change it. So it turns out that one of those collisions she sustained in Monday’s match against Lower Merion left Hayes out of Thursday’s meeting with Conestoga due to injury. In her place was Taylor Buckley, who made 8 saves and played pretty well in a 2-1 loss to the Pioneers.
- On the subject of Central League girls soccer, it has a champion. Strath Haven officially clinched the title with its 2-0 win over Haverford thanks to goals from Morgan Glassford and Kristen Miller. It’s the Panthers’ 14th overall and 10th league triumph to begin the season. “It’s obviously one of our goals, but our girls have their eyes on a bigger prize,” Haven coach Gino Miraglia said. “We’d like to win our last three and get the No. 1 overall seed in districts.” Needless to say, other goals lie beyond.
- Another day, another brace for Elijah Ema, which brings his season total to 31. It ties the Penn Wood single-season record, set in 2008 by All-Delco Menuh Wiah. Wiah, though, had 18 games to do it; Ema has accomplished it in a mere 12. They have two remaining matches in the regular season, and their win over Chichester guarantees them a berth in the district playoffs as the Del Val League champs.
- Strath Haven boys soccer team has had its issues scoring. Enter John Ferruzzi. The senior forward wearing the very un-forward-like No. 1 has scored four goals in the Panthers last five games. The Panthers have won three of the games in which Ferruzzi has scored, and he’s twice notched the game-winner, including the only marker in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Haverford.
- Springfield missed a chance to solidify its district playoff credentials Thursday with a 2-1 loss to Lower Merion. Nick Janelli scored for the Cougars, but they couldn’t recover from two second-half goals by Matt Lindheim and Gian-Luca Hail scored in quick succession. Defender and senior captain Kyle Chevalier left the game early with what coach Jason Piombino deemed a “minor head injury”. Chevalier will be reevaluated in the coming days.
- Emily Verica scored twice for Springfield in overturning a deficit against Lower Merion en route to a 4-2 win. It’s the first multi-goal game for Springfield, which has scored 15 goals in 11 games. In the Central League, only Upper Darby (four goals in 14 games) and Haverford (21 goals in 13 games) lack a multi-goal performance.
- While we’re on the subject of ending streaks, Ridley got its first Central League win of the season Thursday in a 2-0 win over Marple Newtown thanks to goals from Patricio Medina and Andrew Kelly. It’s the first Central League win for veteran head coach Wayne McKinney, who’s in his first season with his alma mater.
- The schedule has finally eased up for the Marple Newtown girls team, and the result has been three straight wins by a combined score of 13-2. Holly Nicolardi has scored five goals in the last three games, and Amanda Goodyear has a goal in each of the wins.