William Penn didn’t get much offense going in Wednesday’s Blue Hen Flight A matchup with Appoquinimink.
But the duo of Angel Palomo and Victoria Reynolds made sure the Colonials found the net just enough for a 2-0 victory over the rival Jaguars.
Palomo scored twice for the Colonials, and Reynolds assisted on both goals.
The match looked like a defensive battle at the start, but Palomo gave her team a spark with 7:51 remaining in the first half by opening scoring with a tip-in off a corner.
“The first goal pumped everyone up,” Palomo said. “We were all ready to play together to hold onto the lead.”
The Colonials (6-3-1) did just that with a sound effort on defense, recording their fifth shutout of the year. William Penn has given up one goal or fewer in each of its past four matches.
“They’ve been working hard, even to the point that we’ve had to pull out some old school coaching tricks,” said William Penn coach Loveita Moffett. “Our senior leaders, Katrina [Kashner] and Jen [Tordella], really took charge on the field today, and it was infectious to our other players.”
The Jaguars hung around for most of Wednesday’s match, but Palomo put them away on another tip-in with 3:05 left remaining off a cross from Reynolds.
“Angel is one of our two returning forwards, with everyone else being new,” Moffett said. “It was nice to see the offense score two big goals from tip-ins today.”
Coming off their second straight loss after an 8-1 start, the Jaguars (8-3) have four regular season matches left before a likely state tournament berth.
“Hopefully, we will pick it up knowing the competition we are facing going into the state tournament,” said Appoquinimink coach Stefany Tiberi. “The rest of our schedule is against very strong teams, so we know that we have to pick up our game.”