Q-town blanks CB East
As a light rain fell on Doylestown’s War Memorial Field, Quakertown head coach Mel Lepko used a Central Bucks East timeout to rally the troops.
The Patriots had just been awarded an offensive corner, but it was the Panthers who took advantage of the opportunity. Junior Josh Schwarz stole the ball and raced upfield where he spotted senior Sara Reigh, who juked CB East goalkeeper Sam Grzegorczyk, went right and slammed the ball home.
“We had great strong defense on the defensive corner,” Lepko said. “Josh got the ball, passed it through and off we went.”
Reigh’s tally broke a scoreless tie 8:13 into the second half last Thursday afternoon. Thirty-six seconds later, the Schwarz-to-Reigh combination worked splendidly again, as Quakertown began to pull away, 2-0.
“Once we got one, we just had the motivation to keep going,” Reigh said. “We just really wanted to get one, so we could get back in the game and get more motivated to win.”
The Panthers tacked on one more – Megan Thompson assisted Gabby Dontonville at the 15:48 mark of the second half – for the 3-0 victory.
“3-0 looks great, but that didn’t happen until the second half,” Lepko said.
Quakertown (7-10, 4-9 SOL Continental) knew it would have its hands full with CB East (4-13, 2-11), which is near the bottom of the conference, a conference with the likes of Central Bucks South, Central Bucks West and improved Pennridge.
“It is a tough conference,” Reigh said.
“Every game is a tough game,” Lepko added.
Patriots first-year head coach Dipi Bhaya, who is coming off her rookie campaign as CB East’s girls’ lacrosse coach, knows it’ll take time to right the ship.
“We’re just building,” she said. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint; we’re getting there. This is a great group of girls to work with. We’re excited about the future and the potential here. We’re going to lose our goalie, Sam, [to graduation]; she’s doing a great job. We’re going to lose some really great seniors, but we have some new players coming in. This year, this team really laid down the foundation for the future. We’re excited about where it’s headed.”
CB East has been in a number of one-goal games, including 1-0 setbacks to CB West on Sept. 11 and Pennridge on Sept. 24. The Patriots also lost 1-0 at Quakertown on Sept. 20.
“I’m very pleased with the little things,” Bhaya said. “And if we keep doing those little things consistently well, we’re going to get there. There is no doubt in my mind.”
CB East didn’t play a perfect game against Quakertown, but Bhaya was pleased with the effort she saw from her squad.
“I saw hustle, I saw us trying to work together as a team,” she said. “And Sam had a couple of great saves. We never gave up.”
The Panthers needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, so, naturally, it was a Quakertown 12th grader who got the ball rolling against the Patriots.
“Sara had a big goal against Souderton (a 3-0 Quakertown victory on Sept. 26) and as a senior, I know that’s what she’s trying to do, that’s been a goal of hers to really step up and lead and maybe be that spark that we need, and she did it today,” Lepko said. “It was awesome.”
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