PHOENIXVILLE — The good news, from Phoenixville's standpoint, was that the Phantoms drew the No. 4 seed and an accompanying first-round bye and then a home game for the District 1-AA field hockey playoffs.
The unkind news meant the Phantoms drew No. 5 Merion Mercy from the vaunted Catholic Academies League.
Phoenixville's young squad hosted the Golden Bears Thursday afternoon at the upper turf field and absorbed a 5-0 beating in the quarterfinal round.
The Phantoms, with just five seniors on the team, saw their season end at 10-10 overall after a 6-7 finish in the Pioneer Athletic Conference that was good enough for second place in the Frontier Division.Merion Mercy constructed a 3-0 cushion by halftime and cruised to the victory.
Meg Sack scored two goals and had one assist for the Golden Bears, and Meg Duvernois also tallied a pair of goals. Olivia Nostrant scored the first goal of the game with an assist by Sack at the 22:43 mark of the first half.
The first four Merion Mercy goals came off penalty corners. The Golden Bears held an 18-8 advantage in corners and 21-4 bulge in shots on goal.
Phoenixville junior goalkeeper Kim Rutherford kept busy with 16 saves, including 11 during the second half. Lauren Thomas made four saves in posting the shutout."We came into this season knowing we had a young team,' said veteran Phantoms coach John Tornetta. "We had to get experience and it was a growing team. I feel bad for the seniors. We only had four or five seniors who played."But they have given everything they could to lead this team. Hopefully, we will take from this, learn from it and come back next year to a good situation.'
Tornetta said his girls prepared hard for the season, working hard all through the fall and even before that during the summer months. But it just was not meant to be for Phoenixville field hockey in 2013."I was surprised we got a fourth seed,' admitted Tornetta. "We played a tough schedule and I think the win over Conestoga got us the fourth seed. But we drew Merion Mercy and they are a strong and solid team. All the teams in the Catholic Academies League are tough battles. You really don't want to play any of them. They are all good teams.'
Phoenixville graduates five seniors in Ellie Delany, Aleah Gartner, Amy Hill, Kellie Matson and Alyse Philips.