By: Alex Wahl
SPRINGFIELD, PA –In a Philadelphia Catholic League semifinal, the undefeated Cardinal O’Hara field hockey squad (10-0) cruised by Lansdale Catholic (5-5-1) 8-0 to advance to the PCL championship game.
The shutout is the ninth in 10 games for Cardinal O’Hara as the Lions only gave up one goal this season, which was against Bonner-Prendie in a 2-1 victory back on September 20.
Highlighting the game for Cardinal O’Hara was Sara Grassi, who scored a hat trick in the blowout victory.
“I feel really excited to be playing for the PCL,” said Grassi. “We worked so hard and this is just what we have been working for the whole entire season. So it’s really exciting that we are getting there. An undefeated season is hard but it’s good.”
The Lions dominated from the opening whistle to the end as they scored five goals in the first half, including a goal from Katie Shallow just five minutes into the game.
“It’s really exciting with the first goal to get it exciting for us,” said Shallow. “We really wanted this win to get to the PCL championship on Monday.”
Grassi made it 3-0 with back-to-back goals in just six minutes before Mia Scarduzio and Julia Ferriaolo scored the last two goals of the first half respectively.
Cardinal O’Hara head coach Jenna Spaeder was thrilled for her team’s blowout victory in the PCL semifinals.
When asked about how she felt with her team’s performance, Spaeder summed it up very quickly.
“Good,” said Spaeder. “But now we’re going to move on and focus on Monday. It’s great to get that win, get everyone in to play. They did everything well and now we have to bring it in on Monday.”
“Our defense has been phenomenal all year,” added Spaeder. “We have a very good goalie that only made one or two saves today and that shows you how dominant this defense is.”
In total, five different lions scored at least one goal in the blowout victory. Grassi lead the team with three goals, Shallow scored twice, and Scarduzio, Ferriaolo, and Maeve Boston each scored one goal.
For the Lansdale Catholic Crusaders, their season ends with an overall record of five wins, five losses, and one draw losing three out of their last five games.
The Lions will put their undefeated season on the line on Monday, October 28 when they face Archbishop Carroll at Neumann University at 7:00 p.m.