Opponents of Cardinal O’Hara can be forgiven for being a little shaken after matches. Part of it could be the 51 goals the Lions have scored this season.
But for many teams, it’s not just the frustration that comes with trying to contain an explosive offense. It’s also a profound sense of double vision that comes from a relentless, red-haired blur that seems to afflict defenses at will.
That’s due to the dynamic duo of Catherine and Christina Wroblewski, senior twins who have been at the heart of everything O’Hara has accomplished this season, including their 5-1 thrashing of Hallahan Thursday in the Catholic League playoff play-in game.
Against Hallahan, Catherine scored three times, salting away the game basically by the half, while Christina supplied a pair of assists. For Catherine, it’s the third straight game with a hat trick, and it gives her 11 goals in her last four outings – not coincidentally four O’Hara wins.
It sets them up with a Catholic League quarterfinal matchup Saturday afternoon against No. 2 seed Archbishop Wood. The Lions dropped a 4-0 decision to the Vikings Oct. 1, but they were missing defenders Nicole Catania and Leanna Cunrod for that meeting, both of whom are healthy and upset-minded.
The recent scoring spree brings Catherine’s season total to 20, putting her in the county lead.
For Christina, the impact has been a bit more behind-the-scenes. She has found the back of the net six times, but that’s not her primary focus. Instead, she’s the midfield string-puller, in double-digits for assists this season.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of those helpers have been to someone who shares her genes.
“We find each other pretty well,” Christina said of the innate twin connection. “We know where each other are going to be. I don’t know. I’ll play a ball and she’ll just be there. … It’s just something we’ve always been able to do.”
“I think it helps a lot,” echoed Catherine. “I know I’m going to get the ball and be able to score. With someone else, they might not be able to read me as well and know where to play it. With her, she’ll always know.”
There’s no doubting each could likely fill the other’s role – after all, they are working with identical skill sets. But each sister has developed well into their respective roles on the team, Christina as the creator of chances and Catherine as the finisher.
“I really like the center,” Christina said. “I look for the through balls. I don’t necessarily look for the shot most of the time.”
“I always hope to get to those through balls,” Catherine said. “We work off each other. I’m always making those runs down the field and I know she’s going to play it through.”