After falling to Pennridge earlier in the week, Cheltenham was in search of its first Suburban One American Conference win Thursday afternoon when it traveled to Wissahickon, a team that was trying to find its way back to the .500 mark.
Wissahickon put on an offensive clinic as it eased past the visiting Panthers 18-0.
The Trojans scored six goals in the first nine minutes of the game with six different scorers. Zoe Gomez scored the first goal of the game coming 3 1/2 minutes in. Gomez finished the game tied with teammate Lauren Irvine with a game-high four goals, including three in row between the 11:17 and 4:27 mark in the first half. Gomez' final tally put the Trojans up 10 kicking the 10-goal mercy rule in effect.
"Everything we do offensively, even though it looks we're isolating plays for a couple of key scorers, that's not the way the offense is designed,' Wissahickon coach David Schlesinger said. "A game like this really reinforces that for the girls.'
Wissahickon moved the ball very well, spreading the field and finding open cutters to the net. Cheltenham tried a variety of defensive strategies including face-guarding Gomez and trying to double team to force turnovers. The Trojans had an answer for all Panther efforts.
"We tried to take [Gomez] out by face guarding her, that was the first step,' Cheltenham coach Mary Dean said. "They have a lot of good weapons on their team so [taking Gomez] out wasn't really a problem.'
The Wissahickon passing was dominant all game as it turned the ball over only eight times in the game while it registered an assist on 13 of its 18 goals. Freshman Carolyn Wilde led the Trojans in assists with five on the day.
"Even though Zoe Gomez scored four goals and Lauren Irvine scored four goals it's the other girls who really just played a wonderful game and made the scoring for the other girls easier,' Schlesinger said.
With the win Wissahickon moves to 2-0 in the American Conference while Cheltenham drops to 0-2. Even with the convincing win Schlesinger understands the importance to his team, but does not see it as any kind of statement for the rest of the league.
"The girls feel good to get the shutout and it's good for our goalie and good for our defense,' Schlesinger said. "So that's what it's good for, but I don't think it makes a statement to anyone.'