Field hockey: Morris, D'Orsaneo help Owen J. Roberts rally to top Spring-Ford in battle of unbeatens

ROYERSFORD – Heather Morris and Haley D’Orsaneo collected two goals apiece to lead Owen J. Roberts past Spring-Ford, 6-4, Wednesday night in an early season Pioneer Athletic Conference field hockey showdown.

Both squads entered with perfect season records, but it was the two-time defending champion Wildcats staying unbeaten at 2-0 in the Liberty Division and 5-0 overall. The loss drops Spring-Ford, which got two goals apiece from Lex Versak and Alyssa Chillano, to 2-1, 4-1.

Morris assisted on a strike by Corinne Mattia to give the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead at the 27:14 mark of the first half before Versak  (Simone Vagnoni assist) scored the equalizer at 23:20 for Spring-Ford.

The back-and-forth first half ended at 2-2, with D’Orsaneo and the Rams’ Chillano trading goals. Spring-Ford took its first lead of the night when Versak converted an assist from Chillano into a 3-2 advantage with 24:13 remaining.

But the two-time defending champion Wildcats answered with three straight goals – Morris (Olivia Salindong assist, 18:14), D’Orsaneo (Morris assist, 15:14) and Morris (Mattia assist, 10:15) - to go in front to stay. The last two goals of that run came off corners, where OJR owned a 13-8 advantage.

Chillano, assisted by Versak, got the Rams within 5-4 at the  8:41 mark, but Taylor Shronk countered with an insurance goal off a penalty stroke for OJR with 3:26 left to seal the deal.

Perkiomen Valley 3, Methacton 0: Annie Himsworth, Sarah Roos and Annmarie Carroll all found the back of the cage during a first-half flurry that carried the Vikings (1-1 Liberty, 3-2) to victory. The loss drops Methacton to 1-2, 2-2 overall.

Phoenixville 3, Pottstown 1 – The Phantoms stayed perfect in four PAC-10 Freedom Division starts behind Ali Meszaros’ two-goal performance. Chandler DiFebbo also found the back of the cage for Phoenixville (5-0 overall), which got five saves in net from Sarah Boone.

Hannah Costello had the lone goal for the Trojans, who slipped to 0-2 in the league and overall.