WHITEMARSH — Germantown Academy's boys have not exactly been prolific this season when it comes to scoring goals.
As a result the Patriots defense has had to play above and beyond for a good part of the year.
That was true again Saturday afternoon when host GA managed just four goals against non-league foe Hatboro-Horsham, yet came away with a 4-1 win.
Garret Trucksess scored twice in the first half and Max Derham and Jacob Jordan added single tallies as GA (4-4), winless in the Inter-Academic League, continue to feast on its non-Inter-Ac opponents.
"We're not clicking completely on offense, and our defense has really come up big for us,' Trucksess said. "Plus, because we're not clicking, they've been forced to play a lot more in their end.'
Saturday, it was the defense and goaltender Ian Davies that stymied the Hatters. But in truth, the Hatters had more than their share of unforced errors, particularly on attack.
To its credit, the Patriots attack, shut down for long periods of time in Friday's 15-3 loss to Haverford School, was able to sustain long, settled possessions.
"Our offense did help the D out a little bit,' GA head coach Brian Grady said. "We did have some good, long possessions. And even though the balls weren't going in, it took a little bit of the heat off the defense.'
GA took a 1-0, first-period lead on a Trucksess goal that was partially muffled by Hatters goaltender Mark Poust, but just managed to trickle across the goal line.
Max Derham and Trucksess added second-period goals to stretch the lead to three at the break, but the Hatters could sustain very little due to the play of GA defenders like Hayes Nolte, Drew Petersohn and Gideon Sawyer.
The visitors finally cracked the scoreboard early in the third quarter when Connor McPoyle scored a man-up goal with GA's Jordan off for unnecessary roughness. But Jordan made amends for that faux pas less than 2:00 later when he intercepted an attempted clearing pass by Poust and sped in to beat the goaltender, who was scrambling to get back into the net.
The rest of the period deteriorated into a series of penalties by both sides, but the Patriots settled things down in the fourth quarter and were able to run long periods of time off the game clock.
"It was most important for us to come out with energy and effort, especially after Friday's game against a team of the caliber of Haverford,' Grady said. "And I felt we played hard from the get-go.
"We had some opportunities we would liked to have cashed in on, and we're going to need to cash in on a few of them in the future.'
"We wanted to make sure we possessed the ball as long as we could, and cut down on unforced errors,' Trucksess said. "We've had some tough losses in the Inter-Ac, but the Inter-Ac is possibly the best league in the country.
"We wanted to come out strong today, and I thought we did that.'
LAX FACTS: GA outshot Hatboro-Horsham, 25-15. ... Davies had eight saves for GA, while six of Poust's eight saves came in the second half.