At about the midway point of its season, Jenkintown continued its good play while developing chemistry as well as tweaking some things in its game plan. Sacred Heart was the latest victim of the Drakes as Jenkintown (7-4, 4-0) defeated the non-league opponent 13-4 Friday afternoon.
One of Jenkintown's keys to winning was an effective ride of the Sacred Heart clearing attempts. The Drakes were able to dominate in the offense zone and in the midfield taking advantage of Sacred Heart miscues.
"This is probably the first game we've done that all year,' Jenkintown coach Jeanie Ewer said of her team defending the clear. "We did a good job. Not too may fouls today.'
Jenkintown hopped out to a quick lead as it scored the first eight goals of the game. While the offense kept creating, the defense held down the back end rendering the Sacred Heart offense ineffective. Goalie Cassidy Robbins played solidly as she normally does as she stopped five shots on the day.
"I think we forced a lot of shots in the beginning which caused us to have a lot of turnovers,' Sacred Heart coach Marisa Kalodner said. "Having the ball in the defensive zone that long, you have to accept them going in.'
Usually Jenkintown is able to generate much of its offense from running on fast breaks, but Friday's game saw the Drakes slow the ball down more and create more offense from set plays in the half field. Leading the way offensively for Jenkintown was midfielder Emma Dorshimer with five goals and an assist and Mary Satterthwaite who netted a hat trick.
"I just tell them if we don't have it in transition, we don't want to force it, so if they don't think they have it, they bring it out,' Ewer said.
After building a big halftime lead Jenkintown was able to expand its lead to 10 at the 15:30 mark, allowing the clock to run. Sacred Heart played better in the second half as it only lost the second half 5-3 after losing the first half 8-1.
"I think they realized we're here to stay for the second half, we don't have the option to go anywhere so they better step it up,' Kalodner said.
After its win on Friday, Jenkintown finds itself in a good spot. The Drakes are comfortably above .500 and are undefeated in the Bicentennial Athletic League at 4-0 with two league games remaining and seem to hitting its stride at the right time of the year.
"We're in a good place,' Ewer said. "I'd just like to see less turnovers. But other than that, I think the defense has really been stepping up and girls stepping up scoring.'