Hailey Valerio had a pretty good idea that something was wrong when she collided with a Radnor player last week.
The Garnet Valley goalie got hit in the head and fell down, and once she tried to get up, she could tell that something was way off.
"I went to dive for the ball and she kept going and hit me in the face,' Valerio said. "As soon as I got up, I was really dizzy and coach (Erin Fidler) called a timeout.'
Valerio left that game, an overtime win for the Jaguars, and sat out back-to-back games before making her return to the cage Tuesday. It looked like she hasn't missed a beat, though, as she stopped six shots to backstop Garnet Valley to a 2-0 win over defending Central League champion Haverford at the Reserve.
"The next day, I didn't have any symptoms, which was really nice,' Valerio said. "At first, I was so upset. I thought I was going to be out for the season, but then I went to my doctor and she said it wouldn't be that bad.'
Clearly not. Valerio got early offensive help from Jessika Daniels and Shivani Chinnappan, who had her fifth goal in the past five games. From there, the Jaguars (7-2, 4-0 Central League) threatened to bury the Fords (5-3-1, 2-1-1), who had their three-game winning streak snapped. However, Katie Wyman came through big-time in goal for Haverford, stoning 13 shots.
In other Central League action:
Marple Newtown 2, Strath Haven 1: Lauren Ferguson and Sam Walsh staked the Tigers to a two-goal lead and Megan Peterson (10 saves) kept the visiting Panthers off the scoreboard until Alex Bonser cut the deficit in half with six minutes remaining.
Erin Carpenter and Walsh each had an assist while Gina Rosanio and Kelly Houghton played well on defense for Marple Newtown.
Radnor 5, Ridley 1: Jen Lewis scored twice and Lydia Sydnor controlled play from midfield with a goal and three assists, as the host Raiders (5-5, 3-1) jumped on top early for the easy win.
Alyson Makous also excelled at midfield for Radnor, adding a goal and an assist. Caitlyn Johnson turned aside a dozen shots for Ridley, which got on the board with Brook Nasella's first-half goal.
Springfield 1, Penncrest 0: Kaity Baumann fired home the lone goal of the game and the Cougars earned the win despite 14 saves from Penncrest's Brielle McQuiston.
In the Del Val League:
Interboro 3, Chichester 1: The visiting Bucs awoke late in the first half and went on to dominate the second half, getting goals from Marissa Kowalski, Annette Helmandollar and Emily Gilbert after intermission.
Dee Wilson had a pair of assists to spark the rally, while Alexis Pinkerton, Kyleigh D'Agostino, Haley Hicks, Gilbert and Helmandollar played superb defense in front of goalie Jess Hinchey (five saves). Lane Esposito gave the Eagles an early lead.
In the Inter-Ac League:
Notre Dame 9, Penn Charter 0: Reigning Daily Times Player of the Year Moira Putsch went off for four goals and a pair of assists, while Quinn Maguire paired two goals with an assist to help the Irish (6-0, 2-0) stay perfect.
Gabby Carlini collected her fourth shutout of the year with three saves.
In the Ches-Mont League:
Great Valley 6, Sun Valley 0: The Vanguards (0-7-1) did not provide any offensive support for goalie Kathryn Delgiorno, who made a dozen saves.