Sept. 8, 2019 -- The Methacton United Charge opened their Central League schedule with a strong showing in a 3-1 win over Marple Newtown SA Rock at Drexel Lodge Park. The game was highlighted by strong passing and good hustle by the Charge.
The Charge showed off their transition game in scoring their first goal. After stopping a corner kick on the defensive end, Violet worked the ball up to Ava, who made a nice run down the right side. Ava dribbled past the goalie near the end line on the right side, and centered the ball back to Brooke, who knocked it in for the score.
A few minutes later, Bryce, Violet and Grace had a nice possession, moving the ball around in the offensive box and generating a shot on goal. A one-timer by Grace off a pass from Riley went just high and wide. Meanwhile, Penny made several good stops in goal to maintain the lead.
Although the Charge dominated play for most of the half, Marple Newtown got a late chance on a breakaway and scored with under a minute left to even the game 1-1.
The Charge came out strong from the break, as Grace got a quick shot on goal off the opening tap. Following a nice save by Riley in goal, Tessa made a good throw-in on the left side to Jessa, who centered the ball ahead to Violet. Violet took a couple touches and fired a shot into the net to put the Charge up 2-1.
The Charge kept up the pressure, as Jessa had two shots, and Penny stole the ball off a goal kick and hit a shot that was deflected wide by the goalie. Sophia had a good tackle and takeaway on defense that led to a breakaway for Brooke, with her shot going just wide left. Bryce and Cailyn also generated a couple good offensive chances for the Charge. On defense, Tessa, Sam and Grace all stepped up several times to deny Marple Newtown attackers.
Violet netted her second goal of the game and gave the Charge some breathing room late in the second half. She picked up a loose ball across midfield, and lofted a shot over the goalie’s head to put the Charge on top 3-1.
The Charge will look to continue their momentum in their next game, Sept. 15 at Boyertown.