Villa Walsh remains undefeated
Villa Walsh extended its unbeaten streak to six games, and on this day it was an underclassmen who played the heroes role.
After a tightly contested first half where chances were at a premium, it took just four minutes for Megan Lawlor to outwill multiple Kinnelon defenders and find Lauren Pacewicz for the game's first goal.
The Colts would actually have the better of the chances in the first half and Villa Walsh would have to remain patient as its midfield play caught up to the pace set by Kinnelon.
As the Vikings became more patient with their attack, it began to slow Kinnelon's counter attack and frustrated the Colts into several turnovers.
In the 16th minute of the second half the Vikings would earn a corner and again Lawlor would find herself right in the middle of the action. After the ball was crossed in, Lawlor made another gutsy play to keep a loose ball alive long enough for Allison Ingraham to knock it home.
Kinnelon would go down swinging though as with 15 minutes left Dani deTorres kept it close with a fantastic effort to bring down a cross on her right foot and while cutting to her left unleashed a low shot that beat Colleen Brennan.
The Colts would threaten to equalize several times before Lawlor would again ignite the Villa Walsh attack. No. 3 in white would streak down the left wing and when a long lob found her in stride, the super soph would cross it towards center where a waiting Kerri Clifford played a beautiful one-timer upper 90.
Kinnelon would draw within one again when deTorres found a loose ball in front and buried it in the back of the onion bag, but the goal came in injury time and would be as close as the Colts would get. In an extremely well contested match Villa Walsh would narrowly escape with a 3-2 win.
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