Lighting, Hatters put the brakes on Unionville rally
By Dave Conard Sports Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com
In their PIAA District One opening round match up with Hatboro-Horsham, just as coach Landry’s talented squad was mounting a come back, Mother nature stepped in by sending lightning to the turf of Hatters Stadium, forcing a break in the action.
Led by senior Kris Abens (4 goals, assist), the Indians (12-6-1) had climbed to within two goals of the 11 seeded hosts and looked as though Mr. Momentum had tossed on a blue and gold jersey prior to the teams and fans being instructed to leave the field in favor of cover.
“They had the momentum,” said H-H head coach Duncan Swezey. “The break for the lighting helped us put a freeze on it. They were sprinting back, and busting it and we weren’t, we had to cut down our mistakes, we did that and came back strong. This is a game in which teams really feed off of emotion and goes in runs.”
When play resumed, the Hatters (17-2-0) went on a 5-0 run to re-establish the lead and take the wind out of the sails of the 22nd seeded Indians, as the home squad claimed a 16-11 win.
Hatboro-Horsham senior Cortnee Daley, who has committed to Louisville University, led the way with a game high six goals and an assist, while Asnnabeth Donovan posted three goals for Unionville, whose season came to an end with the loss.
“We knew this would be a tough game,” said Daley. “they played a great game against us and really forced us to compose ourselves and capitalize on the few mistakes they made.”
With the win Hatboro-Horsham advances to play one of Unionville’s familiar foes, #6 West Chester Henderson, who defeated #27 Pottstown by a count of 18-8, on Thursday at 4 pm.
Hatboro-Horsham 16, Unionville 11
Unionville 5 6 -11
Hatboro-Horsham 10 6 -16
Kris Abens 4 goals, assist,
Annabeth Donovan 3 goals, assist,
Kristin Newborough 2 goals,
Finley Sutton goal,
Demming Carlow goal,
Kelly Close assist
Cortnee Daley 6 goals, assist
Nicole Beck 3 goals, 2 assists
Julie McKay 2 goals, assist
Caroline Hagan 2,
Lizzy Carr 2 goals, 3 assists,
Rachel Rausa goal,
Maria Guerra assist.
Shots: Unionville 20, Hatboro-Horsham 31.
Saves: Nikki Bonaducci (U) 15; Jacqueline Giovinazzo (HH) 9.