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Barretta nets 8 goals in Downingtown East win over Council Rock North

DOWNINGTOWN >> Expectations have certainly been raised at Downingtown East over the course of the season, which made the Cougars re-evaluate their play in the aftermath of their district playoff opener against Council Rock North.

With the Indians rallying in the second half, East had to stop the momentum in order to avoid a first-round upset. Fortunately, C.R. North had no answer for Tori Barretta once she reentered the game with 18 minutes left.

“If a team is going back, you have to find a way to stop their momentum,” Barretta said. “We had to get our head back in the game. That’s what they got and that’s why they scored so many goals in a row. We just had to win the draw and go from there.”

Barretta ended any chance of an upset with the final three goals in the second half for No. 7 Downingtown East as the Cougars held on to a 13-9 victory over No. 26 Council Rock North in a District 1 first round game Tuesday night at DiSerafino Stadium.

The Cougars (16-3) won their 14th straight game and will play No. 10 Bishop Shanahan, a 10-9 winner over No. 23 North Penn, in the second round Thursday, 4 p.m., at Downingtown East.

Even after earning a hard-fought victory, the Cougars were disappointed in their play after jumping out to an 8-0 lead to start the game, which included two goals in the first 30 seconds. A potential mercy-rule affair in the first 17 minutes turned into a game midway through the second half, which didn’t sit well with East.

“We needed to step up as a team, play some defense and stop their cutters from coming in,” said Elise Person, who finished with two goals. “That’s what killed us even when we still had the game in control. We needed to step up more than they did.”

Barretta scored five goals in the first half as East built a 9-2 lead heading into the break. The Cougars started the second half with Barretta on the sidelines, having earned some rest, but the break was quicker than expected as C.R. North (12-7) cut the deficit to 9-6 with 20:05 left in the game.

Leah Hunter stalled the rally with a goal from the eight-meter mark to make it 10-6 with 17:11 to play.

 

After C.R. North made it 10-7, Barretta scored the next three goals to give East a commanding 13-7 lead with 6:30 to play, ending the Indians’ comeback chances.

Barretta finished with eight goals on the night and leads the area with 113 on the season. The junior has 232 for her career.

“We did a great job on the free drives and open cutters most of the night,” Barretta said. “When we countered, our attack was working as a unit again and everyone was working well together. That opened up the lanes late. It’s not just one person, but the entire team as a unit.”

Next up for the Cougars is a familiar league foe in Shanahan, which is riding a 14-game win streak of its own entering the second round showdown. East had a long talk after the game with the anticipation of this matchup looming.

Expectations have been raised for the Ches-Mont champions. East prefers not to suffer disappointment with early elimination.

“A win is a win, but there are things to work on going forward,” Person said. “We’re looking to come out strong next time out. I’m excited for the next game. It’s going to come down on who wants it more. The game will be a good one for sure.”

Downingtown East 13, Council Rock North 9
C.R. North    2    7 – 9
D-East    9    4 – 13
C.R. North goals: Lehman 4, Mueller 3, Jarema, Haggerty.
D-East goals: Barretta 8, Hunter 2, Person 2, Lawton.
Goalie saves: D’Auria (CRN) 7, Robinson (DE) 3.

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