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GA goalfest comes at Charter’s expense

THE BALLET OF SOCCER Germantown Academy sophomore Lauren Budinsky (left) has used her height to head the ball past another tenth-grader, Penn Charter’s Kelly Kubach. (Photo by Tom Utescher)

The scorekeepers for Germantown Academy’s field hockey and girls soccer teams got a good workout last Friday, kept busy as the Patriots logged a total of 10 goals in varsity contests against traditional foe Penn Charter.

The games were played side-by-side on the artificial turf of GA’s completely renovated “Sisters” fields (the ones back in the woods, for those familiar with the campus), where the host Patriots out-pointed PC 4-1 in hockey and 6-1 in soccer.

Both soccer teams entered the action on Friday with a mark of 2-1-1 in Girls Inter-Ac League competition. With young players breaking into the line-up, Charter has been searching for consistency; some commendable efforts have been followed by letdowns.

Wilson sets new record, but CHA and Springside succumb
CHA senior Tate Sager (left) held off Malvern’s Conner Duncan coming down the stretch. (Photo by Tom Utescher)

Last Tuesday’s cross country gathering at Chestnut Hill Academy featured a record-breaking effort by an individual runner who hasn’t lost in a dual meet this season, and a tussle between teams seeking their first league win of the fall.

In the varsity boys’ race, CHA junior Dustin Wilson smashed his own home course record by 22 seconds, completing the school’s regular-season route of 3.0 miles (the championship course differs) in 14 minutes, 58 seconds. His 12th-grade teammate, Mike Fuery, easily captured second place in 16:12, but after that Malvern Prep sent a string of four runners across the line, and the Blue Devils fell to the visiting Friars, 26-31.

Their female counterparts from Springside School hosted Germantown Academy, with each squad in quest of an elusive victory within the Girls Inter-Ac League. Led by junior Christina Russo with a time of 21:17, GA locked up the first four places and had three other athletes finish in spots eight through 10 as the Patriots overpowered the Lions, 18-41.

“Norwood Nucleus” helps Mount upset Villa

Mount junior Brooke Sabia dribbles through some Gwynedd Mercy opponents in one of last week’s victories. (Photo by Tom Utescher)

Mount St. Joseph Academy’s field hockey team went from strength to strength last week, winning two important league games last Monday and Wednesday.

In the first match, the Mount was expected to beat visiting Gwynedd Mercy Academy, but the Magic had to break out of a 2-2 tie before achieving a 4-2 victory that gave them a distinct advantage in the quest for the second seed in the upcoming Catholic Academies playoffs.

Two days later the Mounties headed to Malvern to take on Villa Maria Academy, which was undefeated both in and out of the AACA and ranked second in one Southeastern Pa. poll.

The Magic prevailed, 3-2, and while the outcome didn’t affect Villa’s number-one playoff seeding, it locked up the second spot for Mount St. Joe, which gained the home-field edge for the AACA semifinals. On offense, the Mount relied on its “Norwood Nucleus”; the three scorers were junior twins Allie and Brooke Sabia and sophomore Anne Burgoyne, all graduates of Chestnut Hill’s Norwood Fontbonne Academy.

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