PHOENIXVILLE — With each missed opportunity and passing moment, Perkiomen Valley grew madder and madder at themselves.
Finally, when the Vikings field hockey team started finding the cage, the goals came in bunches.
After a 1-1 halftime tie, Perkiomen Valley charged ahead in the second half en route to a 5-2 victory over host Phoenixville Friday afternoon.
Annie Himsworth scored two goals and had one assist for Perkiomen Valley (5-1). Emily Town, Kelsey Geise and Laura Shelton tabbed the other goals for the Vikings. Erica Womack, Mara Wrzesniewski and Shelton also had assists for PV.
Bailey Quinn gave Phoenixville a 1-0 lead with 8:27 left in the first half on a penalty stroke. But Town quickly knotted the score at the 6:03 mark.
Phoenixville's Ellie Delany put her team back in front to start the second half, but the remainder of the offensive production came from PV.
"I think we were just getting frustrated,' said Himsworth, a junior forward. "We knew what we had to do. We had to play as a team. We picked up our talking and put it in goal.'
Himsworth felt she and teammates Geise and Shelton made some good connections that proved effective on the afternoon. Geise and Shelton are both sophomores.
Himsworth scored her second goal after sitting out two minutes on a penalty card infraction. Her goal at 8:17 of the second half made it 5-2.
"The card was for hacking a stick,' said Himsworth. "I play best when I am mad. I knew what I had to do after I got penalized.'
Phoenixville (3-4) finished with a 13-7 advantage in penalty corners but was outshot, 14-8. PV freshman goalkeeper Miranda Wesley made six saves with four of them coming in the second half. Phoenixville goalie Kim Rutherford finished with nine saves and six of those came during the second half.
"I felt we played very well in the first half,' said Perkiomen Valley coach Erik Enters. "We just were not connecting on chances. We really had some gorgeous chances, but we didn't hammer them home. The girls got a little mad and put it away. Give Phoenixville credit. They played their game.'
Enters was impressed with the play of Phoenixville speedy forward Rose Moore as well as defensive back Gabby Duda.
"They are a good team,' said Enters. "It was a really good game. We got on a roll and I am glad it was us.'
Enters thought Wesley made some clutch saves in goal after moving up on the ladder due to a pair of injuries to more experienced players. She is now 7-1 as a varsity goalie and has yielded just eight goals in the process.
Phoenixville coach John Tornetta thought his team is just not sustaining solid play for full games, and it is costing the Phantoms in the win-loss column. He does have a young crew with many former junior varsity players from a year ago.
"I was just telling the girls that some of them haven't made that jump to the next level,' said Tornetta. "We need to be aggressive and play the whole game. That is something we're fighting right now. We're playing hockey instead of playing strong hockey. They have the skill set (to be successful).'