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CHC women fight foul weather, defeat Nyack

CHC freshman Jordan Wagner scored the gamewinning goal in the Griffins’ victory last Saturday.

“Warriors, come out to play-yay!” The well-known taunt from the 1979 cult film “The Warriors” might have seemed appropriate at a Chestnut Hill College women’s soccer match last Saturday, but the truth is that the host Griffins didn’t enjoy being out in the cold, wet, windy conditions much more than the visiting Warriors of Nyack College.

For Chestnut Hill, victory probably diminished the discomfort caused by last weekend’s Nor’easter, as the home girls shut out their guests from New York, 2-0.

Freshmen Jordan Wagner and Amanda Botbyl each scored in the first half of the conference contest, which had been moved from the grass field on CHC’s campus to the artificial turf venue up the road at Colonial Middle School. A third rookie, goalie Jessica Veazey, made three saves to earn the shutout.

The victory snapped a three-game winless streak for the Griffins, who achieved a mark of 10-5-1 overall and 7-3-1 within the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The Warriors went back up the Jersey Turnpike with a record of 3-9-2, 2-7-2.

In tight finish, Mount golfers retain title

In the PIAA golf playoffs, only the first place team in each district advances to the regional tournament, which in turn leads to the state championships. That fact never made much of an impression on Mount St. Joseph Academy linksters in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons; in each of those years the Magic were never seriously challenged in the District 1 tournament, winning by several dozen strokes.

Last Tuesday at the 2009 district team playoffs, two other schools made the Mounties sweat before the Magic officially clinched the title for the fourth year in a row. Radnor High School, which finished 41 strokes behind the Mount in 2008, was the runner-up again this year, but this time the Red Raiders were just three strokes behind, putting up a score of 340 while the Magic carded a winning total of 337.

GFS girls soccer splits midweek matches

Alex Clarke, a sophomore defender for GFS, winds up for a six-yard kick.

Before an October Nor’easter arrived late last week to scuttle sports schedules, Germantown Friends’ girls soccer team squeezed in back-to-back games, winning the first and dropping the second.

Fortunately, the victory occurred in a league contest, as the visiting Tigers romped past host Westtown School on Tuesday, 6-0, upping their record to 5-1 within the Friends Schools League. Back home the following afternoon, the Tigers fell, 2-0, to the Churchwomen of Episcopal Academy, who are currently tied for first place in the Girls Inter-Ac League with Germantown Academy.

Even in this defeat, Germantown demonstrated some improvement, since they’d lost to GA by a score of 4-0 back on September 15. The Tigers came away from Wednesday’s bout with an overall mark of 5-6-1.

In Tuesday’s league match, the host team from Westtown came out playing an offsides trap that stymied the Tigers’ offense in the first half, and the period ended with the score still 0-0. At the intermission, the visitors discussed how to foil this tactic, and once they did, Westtown was unable to readjust and GFS went on an offensive rampage.



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