For the second straight week, we have a team making its first appearance in the Super 7 of this season, so that’s exciting. This reflects games played through Saturday – well, none of you played today anyway because of the light dusting of rain out there – so this should be the most up-to-date info. Find last week’s Super 7 here and this week’s stat leaders here. Shall we?\
1. Notre Dame (9-0-0, 4-0-0) Last week: No. 1
Impressive showing by the Irish in a 4-2 win over Catholic Academies League power Merion Mercy. Reigning Daily Times Player of the Year Moira Putsch (that might actually be her legal name now) and superb freshman Quinn Maguire each snapped home a pair of goals in that win. Then, it was an 11-0 bludgeoning of Baldwin to cap off a perfect week. The 11 goals were a school record, according to coach Adele Williams, and featured a four-spot from Maguire and two from Emily Lambert. Putsch, Taylor Leonhardt and Amanda Odgers tacked on a pair of helpers, too. The first round of Inter-Ac supremacy will be determined Thursday afternoon against …
2. Episcopal Academy (10-0-0, 4-0-0) Last week: No. 2
Yep, the Churchwomen. Game time is 3:45 in Newtown Square and if you’re going, hit me up on Twitter (@MattChandik) for updates. I’m a pretty prolific retweeter, so I’ll give you credit for it. I’ll be at Garnet Valley for the Jaguars and Conestoga, so your help is appreciated. Anyway, matching 5-0 shutouts of Penn Charter and Agnes Irwin kept EA unbeaten. Lexie Curry had herself a nice little five-point week and has eight goals in her past six games, which is generally a favorable thing. Margaux Paolino can’t stop, won’t stop scoring goals, either. The superb sophomore has at least one in nine straight games and is seventh in points in Delco (Curry is right behind her). Maddie Bacskai, Ali Rushton and Corinne Kneizys helped EA’s defense shut down a potent AIS offense, as did All-Delco Gianna Pileggi‘s 14 saves. Speaking of which, Pileggi got those All-Delco honors last year with 15 shutouts and an 87.4 percent save percentage. She’s already up to seven whitewashings and a ridiculous 94.3 percent save percentage. I didn’t even know it was possible to put up numbers like that.
3. Garnet Valley (11-2-0, 8-0-0) Last week: No. 3
Pretty nice week from the Jaguars, who held serve in Central League play by blanking Ridley, 6-0, and fending off upset-minded Marple Newtown, 2-1. But the really impressive one was a 4-1 handling of Pac-10 power Methacton. Jessika Daniels broke a 1-1 tie with a goal off a corner from Dana Davis, who later added an insurance marker after Madison Valerio tallied her first goal of the season. Alison Amen, Mikayla Jordan and Megan Blair helped shut down a strong Methacton offense. That win will be big at the District One meetings. So would a potential Central League title, which would be almost a lock if the Jaguars can beat Conestoga. 3:45 at Garnet Valley. Should be a dandy.
4. Cardinal O’Hara (9-3-0, 7-0-0) Last week: No. 4
The Lions took apart Bonner-Prendergast and as you might know by now, All-Delcos Marissa Cicione and Grace Boston are pretttttttttttttttty good. My phone randomly deleted quotes from them (and Jess Randazzo) that I was going to use here, which is kind of a bummer. Anyway, it figured that the Lions got scored on the game after I wrote that they hadn’t been scored on in the PCL regular season forever, but a 6-1 win over Archbishop Wood is just fine. Makayla Gallen had a career-high three points in that one, while Molly Rafferty scored her first goal of the season. Bummer that today’s game with Episcopal Academy got washed out. It would have been a dandy.
5. Agnes Irwin (8-2-0, 1-2-0) Last week: No. 5
Split week for the Owls. The bad? Getting shut out by Episcopal Academy, 5-0. The good? A 5-0 blanking of Baldwin in which Lucy Maguire and Sophia Tornetta both scored a pair of goals. Tornetta is holding down the No. 2 spot in Delco scoring. You’d like to see the Owls be a little bit more competitive with the top two Inter-Ac blue bloods, but then again, they’re a young team, so maybe they’re just a little bit away.
6. Haverford (8-4-1, 5-2-1) Last week: No. 6.
Remember when we thought the Fords were having trouble scoring? Man, we were so young and stupid back then. What’s that? That was three weeks ago? Oh. Anyway, it seems like a thing of the past as Haverford crushed Penncrest, 7-0, on the strength of a Tess Horan hat trick. Sophy Maute had her first two-goal game of the season, too. And even though the Fords fell to Conestoga, they still managed a pair of goals. A battle with No. 7 looms Thursday night.
7. Strath Haven (9-5-0, 5-3-0) Last week: Not ranked
A mainstay in last year’s Super 7, the Panthers make their first foray into the process this year. Marple Newtown got bumped out because of the narrow loss to Garnet Valley and Strath Haven’s 3-1 win over Avon Grove (!!!). That was pretty surprising, especially since the Red Devils shut out the Jaguars. Andrea Govannicci, Lucy Mester and Kat Corey (her first of the season) scored to beat Avon Grove. It would have been hard to imagine with the Panthers’ slow start to the year, but they can still take the No. 3 spot in the Central League, assuming my math is correct.* All Strath Haven would have to do is win out. Pretty simple, right? The Panthers got a scare from Radnor, too, but Alex Bonser‘s second OT winner of the year stopped that idea.
*My math is usually not correct.
Dropped out: Marple Newtown. Also considered in alphabetical order: Archbishop Carroll, Delco Christian, Marple Newtown.