It has been a difficult season in regards to the win-loss column.
Granville finally had a chance to smile Tuesday. The Blue Aces broke out of their offensive drought against Lancaster, picking up a 4-0 victory — its first in more than a month — in the home finale at Granville Intermediate School.
“I knew that we had it in us,” senior Amanda Frey said. “It took some time, but we got it together and pushed through it. Each of us were there backing each other up. Eventually, we got that one goal and everybody had confidence in that person. It just built up, and we finally got more goals.”
The match turned into an offensive practice for Granville. The Blue Aces had countless penalty corners and 12 shots in each half. They finally broke the game open with three goals in less than a three-minute span midway through the second half.
Frey scored with 15 minutes left in the match to give Granville a 2-0 lead. After her in quick succession were goals by Sarah Ahrendt and Cristin Sutliff.
“We just needed to work as a team a little more, but we knew we had it in us,” senior Lilly Shai said. “It definitely feels really good (to do it on senior night), especially being a senior.”
The Blue Aces’ first-half goal came when Julianne Graffeo charged into the circle and Taylor Barclay redirected her shot into the cage. The entire match essentially was spent in Granville’s offensive end.
It was an opportunity for the Blue Aces to have some fun. They have had a bevy of close calls.
“If we didn’t have the quality of young ladies that we have, these guys could have just ate each other alive by now,” Granville coach Jerry Aleshire said. “I believe only two of our losses are by more than one goal. They have done a great job of sticking with it and staying together as a group. Our eight seniors have helped us with that.”
The Blue Aces close the regular season at Bishop Hartley on Oct. 9, then begin postseason play.
Granville is not going to match their seven victories from 2012, but it can set its sights on earning a tournament win for the second consecutive season.
“I definitely have faith in us,” Frey said. “I think we can definitely push through it. Each year the girls are going to build off what we have left them with, and it will just get better from here on out.”