ROYERSFORD — The Spring-Ford girls soccer team was certainly hard to stop in Wednesday's afternoon's Pioneer Athletic Conference contest at Coach McNelly Stadium. The Rams' speed and good passing from one end of the field to the other helped them control the ball and create opportunities, which they finished time after time in the first half of a 5-0 win over Upper Perkiomen.Aley Kate McKinley, Megan Giannopoulos, and Gabrielle Vagnozzi all scored in the first 21 minutes for the Liberty Division leading Rams (5-0-1, 8-0-1) and there was little drop-off when the reserves came on as Kat Donnelly scored twice. Maggie Ortlip made 10 saves for the Indians (3-2, 5-2)."We played really well today,' said senior midfielder Giannopoulos. "I think we just connected the ball really well, played good through balls, and created offensive threats.'"We possessed the ball and moved the ball around from the inside to the outside,' added Rams coach Sheldon Chamberlain. "We did have time to execute, so that we could look up and pass. We were getting it down the flank. That's one of our objectives every game, getting the ball in front of the defense on the flank.'
Unbeaten Spring-Ford kept the ball down in the Indian half of the field for the first five minutes of the match and put several shots on goal. Ortlip made a leaping save on one of them by Giannopoulos, but McKinley was right there to knock in the rebound to open the scoring in the sixth minute.Giannopoulos scored in the 15th minute when she headed home a perfect crossing pass from the left side by Vagnozzi. Then Vagnozzi scored one of her own when she shot past the defense down the left flank and drilled the ball into the goal in the 21st minute."If I had them for a home game, I'd let the grass grow for two weeks and water it down,' said Upper Perk coach Mike Freed. "That's the only way you could slow them down. As the game went on we started to settle down. We played a little panicked. We did the same thing with Phoenixville, and those are our only two losses.'Connelly came off the bench and was right at the goal line to nudge in a rebound with 11 minutes to go until the half for a 4-0 score at the intermission. Then Connelly broke free down the left flank for a goal in the fourth minute of the second half to wrap up the scoring."I think it's really good when our starters come out, it's nice to see when our subs come in for us, we still have a lot of speed ... like Kat,' said Giannopoulos. At the same time, the Rams were limiting the Indians' possessions and opportunities with quick defense and ball control."Defensively, we did well today, also,' added Giannopoulos. "Kayla Smith is such a huge threat.'Senior midfielder Smith did get loose a couple of times in the second half for Upper Perk's only really good scoring chances of the day. She knocked one toward the upper right corner five minutes after the break, but Ram goalkeeper Lauryn Hart made a running two-handed deflection. Then Smith unleashed a blast right down the middle midway through the half, but Hart was right there to make the catch.Spring-Ford wound up with a 19-2 advantage in shots and 2-1 edge in corner kicks."It was a good day,' said Chamberlain. "Any time you can get behind the defense and get an extra touch and a cross.'Upper Perk, which held down second place behind Phoenixville in the Frontier Division coming in, played without several starters."We've got a few holes with injuries,' said Freed. "But there's a light at the end of the tunnel. We should have everyone back next week. It's one game against the best team in the other group. There's still points to be had from the crossover games.'