NEWTOWN – Council Rock South got goals from five different players in a 5-0 triumph over Central League rival Lower Merion (8-9-1) in a District 1 Class AAA opener yesterday (Monday, Oct. 23) at Walt Snyder Stadium in Newtown.
A state qualifier in 2016, the 16th-seeded Golden Hawks (11-8, 7-5 SOL) went ahead 3-0 at the half on goals by Tori Wright, Mikayla VanAken and Carissa Longmore.
The game-winner by Wright came on a penalty corner – South outpaced the 17th-seeded Aces 8-3 on corners in the first half and 15-5 for the game, Van Aken’s came 2:36 later and Longmore’s came 27 seconds before the halftime break.
Less than five minutes into the second half, sophomore Katelyn Cocco tallied off a tip-in and Shannon Lind scored unassisted with 14:26 remaining in regulation.
Hawks goalkeeper Aspen Handel earned the shutout.
With the win, CR South advances to the Round of 16 where it will face top-seeded Ches-Mont League rival Downingtown West 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Whippets’ home field.
Downingtown West took top honors this season by going unbeaten (13-0) in the Ches-Mont League National Division. The Whippets finished in fourth place in the district last year. The Hawks took sixth place.
District 1 Class AAA Tournament
Council Rock South 5, Lower Merion
(Oct. 23 at CR North)
FIRST-HALF GOALS: CRS — Tori Wright, Mikayla VanAken, Carissa Longmore; LM — none.
SECOND-HALF GOALS: CRS — Katelyn Cocco, Shannon Lind; LM — none.