Bombers blank Pen Argyl
rich george/special to the times news Palmerton's Monica Wood steps in between a pair of Pen Argyl players to try and gain control of the ball.
Palmerton controlled the pace of its senior night match against Pen Argyl for the entire 80 minutes.
The Blue Bombers dominated time of possession in the 4-0 victory.
"We definitely held it and kept it moving up to the forwards," said Palmerton head coach Mark Weiss. "We kept great possession and played a majority of the game on their side of the field."
Just over five minutes into game, the persistent Palmerton pursuit paid dividends.
At the 34:25 mark, senior Sabreena Strauch kicked a "bomb" which found the back of the net to give Palmerton the early advantage.
Pen Argyl had a few runs off of counter-attacks, but came up empty on all of them.
"We tried to trap them in a narrow field, but when they scored we had to attack more," said Pen Argyl head coach George Meyers.
Monica Wood of Palmerton was able to score off of a corner kick with just over a minute left in the first half. This sent Palmerton into halftime with a 2-0 advantage. Wood was impressive the entire night as she was able to create many opportunities for herself.
Wood scored on a deep free kick in the second half as well.
According to Weiss, this was Wood's 18th goal of the year. She is currently two goals shy of breaking the single season scoring record.
Sommer Klotz tagged on the other goal for the Blue Bombers in the second half.
Palmerton outshot Pen Argyl 18-6. The time of possession and aggression paid off for the Blue Bombers.
"Our problem all year has been scoring. We've had trouble creating chances," Meyers said of his Pen Argyl team.
The Bombers' Weiss said he was satisfied with the play of his defense.
"Julia Paulinho has really stepped it up for us the last couple of games. She's only been with us for about six games now," said Weiss.
Jenna Creed and Strauch are the two Palmerton captains.
"These two girls are the core of the entire team," said Weiss. "They are leaders on the field. Both girls have great vision on the field and know how to direct the rest of the girls on the field. Jenna and Sabreena are really intelligent girls."
After winning just two games last season, the Bombers now stand at 5-11 with two games left.
Pen Argyl's goalkeeper Marissa Aranda was a bright spot for the Green Knights. Aranda accumulated 15 saves against an aggressive Blue Bomber attack.