Germantown Academy's Inter-Ac season hasn't been going too well thus far in 2014. After all, the league does have some of the best teams in the country. And after a meeting with Penn Charter on Wednesday afternoon, things haven't gotten any better.
The Quakers scored seven consecutive goals between the first and fourth quarters and came out with a 9-2 win over top rival Germantown Academy in an Inter-Ac meeting at Penn Charter High School.
Despite playing well in the out-of-conference schedule, the loss dropped the Patriots to 0-4 in league play (4-5 overall).
"Obviously the league is a huge challenge for us,' GA coach Brian Grady said. "I think sometimes we're hot and sometimes we're cold, and I think that we were again today. After a pretty good first quarter, we didn't make a lot of the little plays that would put us in a position to let us hang onto to the ball and get some offense.'
After going down 1-0 midway through the first quarter, GA's offense was finally able to get on the scoreboard, as Max Derham put one in the back of the cage with less than a second to play in the first quarter. The late goal appeared as if it would give the Patriots some momentum, but for the remainder of the game, GA's offense appeared stagnant, unable to score again until the fourth quarter.
"I just think we had problems handling the ball and we struggled to clear it, struggled with our handling and we ended up playing a lot of defense. I think that was probably it,' Grady said.
While GA was unable to score, the Quakers (3-9, 2-2), a team whose overall record is the product of a schedule featuring some of the best teams in and out of the state, went up 3-1 after the first half and increased their lead to 7-1 after three quarters.
"Our coach just told us to keep doing what we're always doing and play through it,' Penn Charter goalie Sean McKee said regarding his team allowing a late goal in the first quarter. "It was a good win for our school against a rival and it takes a lot of pressure off [as a goalie] when our team is scoring like they did [today]. The last few games, we've gotten a lot of goals scored against us, so it feels good to score a lot and have our defense play well.'
McKee stopped eight shots in the cage to earn the win for the Quakers.
The Patriots managed to score once in the fourth quarter, as Jimmy McAfee took a pass from Matthew Ho and beat McKee to give the Patriots something to cheer about.
But it was too little, too late.
Penn Charter outshot GA 26-20, while also winning the faceoff battle, 9-5. GA goalkeeper Ian Davies stopped five shots in the losing effort. Drew Murray led the Quakers with three goals and two groundballs, while Cody Sweeney finished with two goals and an assist.
The Patriots will get back to their out-of-conference schedule when they travel to New Jersey on Saturday morning for an 11 a.m. meeting with St. Joseph High School in Metuchen.
"We were 4-4 coming into today and I believe they were as well, so I think it's going to be a good game,' Grady said. "I'm sure they're going to be a solid team, so we just have to try and take care of some of the little things and hopefully move forward and try to get better.'