PHOENIXVILLE - Junior attacker Zoe Bullotta picked up where she left off last year to start the 2014 girls lacrosse team for Phoenixville on March 24 in a non-league opening game against Coatesville.
Bullotta scored five goals, including the game-winner with 41 seconds left in regulation time, to give the Phantoms a 9-8 victory over the visiting Red Raiders.
Senior Kellie Matson passed to Bullotta on the game-winner in a game that Phoenixville led, 7-3, at halftime.
Coatesville then tallied five unanswered goals to take an 8-7 lead with 4:39 remaining in the second half. However, Bullotta tied the game at 8 with 54 seconds showing, prior to depositing the game-winner. Bullotta also chipped in with an assist
Matson, junior Carolyn Groener, Tara Gilroy (two assists) and senior Ellie Delany scored the other goals for Phoenixville. Junior goalkeeper Megan Nemeth, who came through with some big outings as a sophomore, registered six saves in the victory.
Junior T.J. Jefferis and senior Kira Landis also added assists for the Phantoms
For Coatesville, Hannah Leahan scored three goals while Eric Battin, Morgan Flynn, Casey Ross and Becky Clifford had the other scores. Justin Ross tabbed eight saves in goal.
“For the first game overall, they (Phantoms) did every well for not being outside because of the weather,” said Phoenixville coach Aamina Thornton. “We have a fairly young team. We lost eight seniors. We have some juniors on the team.”
Senior Alex Wertman is the most experienced player on defense while senior Ange Hayde has switched from offense to defense.
“We have some girls who got varsity experience, but most of the other girls got it on JV (junior varsity),” said Thornton.