Charter School of Wilmington’s Sam Procak knew it wasn’t going to be easy to get a shot past Appoquinimink goalkeeper Haley Wahrhaftig.
But the two have played club soccer together for Delaware Rush/Hockessin Blast. So when Charter’s Libby Amer delivered a perfect pass in the 64th minute Tuesday, Procak had a plan.
“Haley is my goalkeeper for club, so I knew she was going to probably go toward the ground,” Procak said. “I did all I could to just get it above her.”
The normally right-footed Procak used her left foot to loft the ball over Wahrhaftig and into the back of the net to give the No. 2-ranked Force a 1-0 win over the No. 3 Jaguars in a battle of girls soccer unbeatens at Hockessin Montessori School.
Charter’s Catherine McNicol started the decisive play from the left side, making a perfect pass to Amer. The senior quickly slid the ball between two defenders, right onto the foot of Procak.
“Sam, I can count on her. She’s going to finish it,” Amer said. “She knows Haley, she knows where to put it and we got the job done.”
Last Thursday, Amer assisted on Procak’s goal in the 72nd minute as the Force (9-0) edged A.I. du Pont 1-0.
“Libby just slotted the ball into me, same as the A.I. game,” Procak said. “I think we’ve got that connection down pretty well.”
And just like in the A.I. game, the Charter defense held Appo (9-1) without a serious scoring threat the rest of the way.
“I think the kids took it as a challenge,” Force coach Jon Gillespie said. “We did it against A.I. last Thursday. We scored a later goal, and I think the girls realized they had to really clamp down defensively and make sure they don’t get the equalizer. I think the kids took that approach today. They really stepped up their game to finish the game off.”
Charter outshot Appo 12-5, but the Jaguars had three great scoring chances in the first half. A sliding play by Force defender Deepa Nathan stopped a breakaway by Appo’s Meghan McGrath in the 17th minute. A header by the Jaguars’ Adrienne Johnson sailed over the crossbar off a corner kick in the 27th minute. And a shot by Appo’s Amanda Weiner was just wide off another corner in the 30th minute.
“We had some opportunities. They had pretty much the same opportunities, and they finished one of theirs,” said Adam Bear, the Jaguars’ interim coach. “We were unable to put one of ours in. But I was beyond pleased with our effort and what we were able to do.”