Wednesday, November 10, 2010

GIRLS SOCCER: West's 'predatory' scoring frenzy

By Christiaan DeFranco

Although the Central Bucks West defense shut down the Abington Heights Lady Comets in Tuesday's opening round of the Class 3A state playoffs, Abington Heights found the Lady Bucks' offense nearly as frustrating as their 'D' — in particular, the fact that they scored the game's only goal in a scrum in front of the net, in this case off a corner kick.

"I knew that was how they scored a lot of their goals," Abington Heights coach E.T. Hunter said. "I went to watch them play against West Chester East (in the District 1 third-place game), and that's how they scored in that game. So we prepared for that, but they were still able to score.

"They're almost predatory the way they attack the ball in that situation," Hunter said. "It's really something to see."

West's Elena Ochsenreither used a header to score off Erin McQuate's corner kick. Comets keeper Melanie Coles got a hand on the ball before it got to Ochsenreither, but the Lady Bucks had done some preparation of their own.

"That's the way we practice it, with the goalie deflecting it, so it didn't really affect me," Ochsenreither said.

Although the Comets have won the District 2 title in four of the last five seasons, they have yet to win a state playoff game. However, Hunter's girls are clearly on the rise and they're likely to be right back at states next year.

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