FORT WASHINGTON — It was a one sided, high-scoring affair when Germantown Academy and George School met up at Jordan Field on Friday for the first round of the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association girls soccer tournament. The Patriots cruised past the Cougars on their way to a 7-0 victory.
“I thought that it was a really great game and one us seniors will remember,” forward Annelise Peterson ’18 said. “I thought that we kept the ball well and possessed, which is something we’ve worked on this season.”
While the final score shows a dominant performance, it did not start off that way.
In the first few minutes of play, the Patriots were turned away by the goalposts four times. Eventually, it was Peterson who opened up the scoring.
“The first couple of minutes when we hit the crossbar three or four times I thought our karma wasn’t very good,” head coach Christopher Nelson said. “Then we got the first one and that seemed to break the ice.”
Peterson added her second goal of the match just a few minutes after the opening score. Also scoring in the first half were Mackenzie Pluck ’18, Bailey Gilmore ’18, and Paige Lugossy ’21.
The Patriots would carry a 5-0 lead into the half.
With such a large goal differential, it would be easy to loosen up and concede a goal. However, GA did no such thing.
Instead, they began to prepare for their next opponent.
“We really wanted to shift our form in the second half for what we think we’re going to play Tuesday,” Nelson said. “We wanted to work on possession and finding the open person and I thought that we were able to do that.”
Even while in a different formation than usual, the Patriots still found ways to score.
Juliana Sarisky ’18 and Allison Clark ’19 both added goals in the second half to bring the final score to 7-0.
“It’s obviously great, but we have to look forward to the next game and realize that we’re going to have to score again then,” Peterson said.
That next game comes on Nov. 7 when the Patriots take on number three-seeded Westtown School.
Westtown went 13-3-1 during the regular season.
“They ran through the Friends League and crushed everybody,” Nelson said. “They’ve got some good attacking players, they’ve got a solid defense. We’re going to have to play a really, really good game.”
Nelson continued to say that he expects the performance against George School to carry over, especially with the attack players.
Peterson echoed her coach’s thoughts.
“We did have a bit of a rough patch in our season, but I think this game was kind of like a clean slate,” Peterson said. “It’s the beginning of states and we wanted to send a message.”
Annelise Peterson – 2 goals
Mackenzie Pluck – 1 goal
Bailey Gilmore – 1 goal
Paige Lugossy – 1 goal, 1 assist
Juliana Sarisky – 1 goal
Allison Clark – 1 goal
Madelyn Burns – 1 assist