Field hockey: Owen J. Roberts outguns Spring-Ford



ROYERSFORD  – A strong second half propelled Owen J. Roberts to a 6-4 Pioneer Athletic Conference field hockey win over Spring-Ford at Coach McNelly Stadium Wednesday night.


The Wildcats (2-0 league, 5-0 overall) were led by Junior Heather Morris and Senior Haley D’Orsaneo both scoring two goals. Seniors Corinne Mattia and Taylor Shronk added goals for Owen J. Roberts. Alexis Versak and Alyssa Chillano each scored two goals apiece for the Rams (2-1, 4-1).

“She (Morris) was awesome. She did what we were talking about for the past three games, about not trying to take on three people,” said Owen J. Roberts coach Clarence Jennelle.” She picked up on what we’ve been talking about and she made it work to her advantage.”


Owen J. Roberts trailed 3-2 early in the second half after a goal by the Rams’ Alexis Versak. But the Wildcats took the lead with two goals in a three-minute span.


Rams’ Sophomore Gabby Major was whistled for a five minute penalty for bumping into an OJR player with 14 minutes left. Morris took advantage of the penalty with her second goal to give the Wildcats a two-goal lead at 5-3 with 10 minutes left.


Two minutes later Spring-Ford scored once again to reduce the deficit to 5-4. But a penalty stroke with three minutes to go by Shronk gave OJR all the breathing room it needed.


Spring-Ford coach Jennie Moore mentioned that much of her team’s problems had to do with defense.


“We need to work on our defense a lot. Our defense gave up way too much tonight,” Moore said. “We normally don’t do that but it happened tonight. We will come out tomorrow and work on that and get ready for PV on Friday.”


Both teams are expected to contend for the PAC-10 title this year and are familiar with each other.


“Spring-Ford’s three best players play with most of our guys in indoor (field hockey),” Jennelle said, “It’s nip and tuck cause we’re all friends,  but the big thing for us was that we needed to know if we could do it the first time around.”


The next game will be crucial for both teams.


“The second game at our place is going to be a battle royale,” Jennelle said.



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Spring-Ford Junior Simone Vagnoni was sidelined early in the second half with an apparent knee injury.


Owen J. Roberts: 13 corners, 16 shots on goal, 4 saves

Spring-Ford: 8 corners, 8 shots on goal, 10 saves