WEST GOSHEN -- The heavy rain that inudated the area Monday afternoon stopped about an hour before Monday's Ches-Mont League girls soccer game between West Chester Rustin and West Chester East and for Golden Knights coach Joe Corba, the skies definitely brightened.
Cait Oswald scored with under 10 minutes to play in the second half to lift Rustin to a 2-1 victory over its neighborhood rival at Harold I. Zimmerman in East's final regular-season home game. The win solidified first place in the National Division for the Golden Knights (8-1-1 league), who have responed with wins over Unionville and the Vikings since falling to Downingtown East last Monday.
"It feels real good beating my alma mater,' said Corba. "We've done it just once in eight years. The girls played well and showed a lot of heart.'
The score was tied at 1-1 and the Vikings (8-2, 11-4) were having the better of the play for a majority of the second half when Rustin pounced. Senior co-captain Cait Oswald latched onto a deflected ball and steamed into the East penalty area where she powered a shot past goalie Alex Schmied for the lead with 8:21 left.
"I saw the goalie move to her left a little bit and that opened up the near post,' said Oswald. "We knew we had to have this. East is tough and it is a rivalry game and it was intense.'
East got a foothold into the game after about 10 minutes into the second half. They started to enjoy more of the posession and started to create chances. according to head coach John Berry, that newfound energy could be attributed to subtitute.
"Hayley Eshekman,' he said. "She came on as a sub in the second half and provided a spark and played with a fire that we needed.'
The spell resulted in a couple of long-range efforts from Hannah Specht, but soon, East found the way to equalize.
Specht beat her defender to the end line on the left side. Her cross eluded goalie Julie Griesemer and Shannon Moore was at the far post to tap ball into a wide open net with 15:47 left.
"Hannah set up the goal thanks to her individual skill and Shannon Moore finished it,' said Berry.
Rustin, though came back and grabbed the winner thanks to the hustle play of Oswald. The Vikings' last best chance came with a little over two minutes left. After the Golden Knights were called for a hand ball, Specht's ensuing free kick from about 25 yards, went over the crossbar.
Rustin started the game as much livelier of the two sides, and they were almost able to captalize. Ashlyn Kearney's perfectly weighted thru-ball found Oswald, but as motored into ball, Schmied hustled off her line to smother ball.
"Our mids did a great job, especially Kearney, (Alexa) Bushey and (Sam) Shewman,' added Corba. "They did a great job with the ball in transition.'
The breakthrough for the Golden Knights came almost 10 minutes into the game. A throw in created havoc inside the East penalty box and juinor Mackenzie Moore took advantage of the confusion to knock it into the net and get the lead.
The loss was the second in the league for the Vikings, putting them two games behind Downingtown East in the National. The two will face each other at Downingtown West on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
"We are junior and senior heavy, so we'll bounce back,' said Barry. "They will work hard in practice. We are a family first and we'll stay together.
W.C. Rustin 2, W.C. East 1
W.C. Rustin 1 1--2
W.C. East 0 1--1
W.C. Rustin goals: Miller, Oswald.
W.C. East goal: Moore.
Goalie saves: Elrod (WCR) 0; Griesemer (WCR) 2. Schmied (WCE) 7.