He didn't want to see it from Spring-Ford.

The Rams responded with three straight goals to put the Crusaders away, 3-1.

"What went sour there is hard to put a finger on," O'Donnell said. "Alot of our passes went to the other team. Their forwards were very active. (Megan Beddard) became a real nightmare to defend."

Lansdale Catholic opened the scoring after Danielle Cardillo sent Amy Stafford in alone on Spring-Ford goalkeeper Marissa McDowell. Stafford flicked a shot past McDowell and just inside the near post to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.

But it seemed that the goal inspired the Rams.

Beddard began to be the nightmare O'Donnell said she was, as less than a minute after Stafford's goal, Beddard blasted a shot that riccocheted off the outside of the goalpost. She wouldn't make the same mistake twice.

In the 32nd minute, Beddard got the ball around midfield and bolted past Lansdale Catholic's defenders. She beat Crusaders' goalkeeper Kim Hosgood with a shot to the far post to tie the game at 1-1.

"We got down on ourselves a bit (after giving up the first goal)," Spring-Ford head coach Kelly Meyer said. "After we got that first goal, (our) energy level came right back up."

"We never regained our composure," O'Donnell said.

Beddard and the Rams had the better of play from that point forth. Spring-Ford kept pressuring the Crusaders's defense, and it was too physical for Lansdale Catholic to overcome.

"We're not a big, physical bunch of girls yet and that's a problem," O'Donnell said. "The truth of the matter is we've been physically knocked around this year."

The physical style of play wore down Lansdale Catholic, which resulted in goals for Spring-Ford.

Nine minutes into the second half, after a foul awarded the Rams a free kick, Courtney Dull booted a pass that bounced inside Lansdale Catholic's goal area. Spring-Ford forward Shelly Garrett swooped in a blasted it home to give the Rams a 2-1 lead.

Down just a goal, however, the Crusaders were still in the game. They just couldn't generate much offensively because Spring-Ford never let up offensively itself.

That attacking style led to a fluke goal that put the game way for good.

With the ball bounding loose in front of Lansdale Catholic's goalmouth, a scrum ensued that left Spring-Ford's Elizabeth Forro on the ground on the goalline. Garrett found the loose ball and blasted a shot that went off Forro and into the net. The referee called it a goal instead of what could have been called a foul.

"It went off my butt," Forro said.

"Everyone didn't know what was going on," Stafford said. "It was real fluky, if it was a goal."

The loss left Lansdale Catholic with an un-Crusader-like 3-8-3 record.

"I guess word is out around the league," O'Donnell said. "Teams are just running over us and I don't know what to do about that right now.

"When we played at Spring-Ford two weeks ago, we looked good. Today, we get up by a goal and they show a killer instinct."

SPRING-FORD 3, LANSDALE CATHOLIC 1

Spring-Ford 1 2 - 3

Lansdale Catholic 1 0 - 1

Goals/Assists: LC-Amy Stafford 1-0, Danielle Cardillo 0-1. SF-Megan Beddard 1-0; Shelly Garrett 1-1; Elizabeth Forro 1-0; Courtney Dull 0-1.

Shots: SF-17; LC-8.

Saves: SF-Marissa McDowell 7. LC-Kim Hosgood 14.

comments powered by Disqus