Some big games in the next two weeks will undoubtedly shake this up a bit since it seems like everyone plays each other, but here is your latest Super 7 that includes games played Wednesday.
(Records Through Wednesday)
1. Episcopal Academy (16-0-0, 7-0-0) Last week: No. 1.
Well, duh. Who else did you expect? The Churchmen went 3-0-0 since we last checked in on the defending Inter-Ac champions, and Gianna Pileggi became the first county goalie to hit 10 shutouts this year in a 4-0 whitewashing of Tower Hill School. All-Delco Alana Dumas had five goals and two assists in that span to up her team-best totals to 21 goals, 12 assists and 33 points. Margaux Paolino has goals in her past two games and has been the best freshman in Delco. The Churchmen’s depth from top to bottom is unrivaled in the county, and it’s very hard to find a weakness on this team if there is one. Rumor has it there’s a pretty big game Friday, though, that could provide clarity in the Inter-Ac race. That game, at 5:15 at Episcopal Academy, is against…
2. Notre Dame (13-1-0, 6-1-0) Last week: No. 2.
Ah, yes, against the Irish. The last time these two teams met, the Churchmen seized control of the Inter-Ac and of the Super 7 (which is obviously the more important thing anyway) with a 2-1 win. The latest installment of the teams’ rivalry should be another classic. Two-time All-Delco Moira Putsch scored 11 goals in her past three games, including two in a 2-1 win over Cardinal O’Hara to give her the school record of 32 goals. She’s eight goals away from breaking the county career goals mark…as a junior. Fairly impressive. Taylor Leonhardt, Maddie Snider, and Kirsten Mansfield all have two goals in the past three games to give ND some scoring balance.
3. Cardinal O’Hara (12-1-0, 6-0-0) Last week: No. 3.
Hard to fault the Lions – or drop them – for losing to the Irish by a goal. All-Delco Grace Boston is continuing her destruction of all things goalie and defense as she has at least one goal in every game this year, including the lone marker in the loss to ND. Carlie Spaeder has an assist in 11 consecutive games, and that has helped her blossom into the county’s top setup girl and the first to reach 20 assists. Liz Piszker has been consistent in net, stopping 86.5 percent of shots, and has blanked seven teams.
4. Strath Haven (12-0-1, 9-0-0) Last week: No. 4
And now the fun begins. The Panthers play Haverford in less than 24 hours’ time, and if the Fords come away with a win, ranking the three Central League teams in this Super 7 will become nearly impossible. However, Haven showed some offensive firepower with nine (!) goals in a 9-3 throttling of Media rival Penncrest. The Lions have struggled this year, but nine goals marked four more than the Panthers had put up in any game this year, and Penncrest goalie Maddie Malone is no joke. Alex Bonser had a hat trick and two assists agaisnt the Lions, but it was one-goal wins over Radnor and Conestoga that really solidified Haven at No. 4.
5. Archbishop Carroll (10-3-1, 7-0-0) Last week: No. 5.
Someone on Little Flower must have REALLY ticked off All-Delco Katie Kelly, because she pumped in five (!) goals to go with three assists in a 12-0 smacking Wednesday. Kelly’s eight-point outburst gave her the team lead in points with 24. The more impressive win, though, was a 4-2 defeat of the Hill School. Alyssa Lemons netted her first hat trick of the year and set up Maribeth Keith for the other goal. Oct. 24 can’t come soon enough for the Patriots. That’s the date where they and O’Hara renew acquaintances before (likely) doing that again in the PCL title game.
6. Garnet Valley (13-2-0, 8-1-0) Last week: No. 6
The Jaguars can greatly benefit from a Haverford win over Strath Haven, but that’s when things get dicey. According to my math (that’s a caveat, not a foolproof statement) Garnet Valley and Haverford each have 39 goals in league games. Strath Haven has 29. That’s important because if there’s a three-way tie between the Jaguars, Fords and Panthers, goals for wins out as the tiebreaker. Before that happens, though, the Jaguars need to go through Conestoga Thursday on the road. GV gets scoring from just about everyone. All-Delco Eleanor Kirby has goals in the past three games, and Molly Savage has four in that span. Shivani Chinnappan has been a recent add-on to the GV offense with three goals in the past four games.
7. Haverford (10-3-1, 8-1-0) Last week: No. 7
Want to move up, Fords? Better beat Strath Haven. Then everyone gets to watch me rank those three Central League teams, which would not go well for my limited brain. Haverford went 3-0 in the past week with a signature win over Conestoga courtesy of a Rosie Coogan goal and seven Katie Wyman saves. Natalie Bova had two goals this week, and two-time All-Delco Jess McCarthy – yep, her again – scored twice and set up two others in wins over Penncrest and Harriton. Of all the Central League teams, this seems to be the scariest one at this point with the way it’s rounding into form at the right time. Mind you, I wouldn’t want to play GV or Haven, either.
Dropped out: None. Also considered in alphabetical order: Agnes Irwin, Sacred Heart
I’ll be at Haverford-Strath Haven tomorrow night. Stop by and say hello.
Thanks for stopping by.
– MATT CHANDIK