Oct. 26, 2019 -- The Charge competed in the Central League October Festival on a cool, drizzly Saturday at Radnor High School. The Charge brought their A game on both offense and defense, scoring nine times across three games while not allowing a goal, and we learned that both Mumfords are pretty darn good at coaching.
The Charge played to a 0-0 tie against Marple Newtown in their first game, perhaps needing some time to adjust to the smaller, turf field. Most of the action in that game took place near midfield and along the sidelines, with very few scoring chances on either end.
As the weather got wetter and colder, the Charge's offense heated up, with a 5-0 win over Radnor in game two. Brooke got things rolling with a goal in the first minute of play. Then, Grace sent a long clearing pass across the field to Tessa, who took one touch and buried a shot to give the Charge a 2-0 lead. Ava had several early scoring chances, including a goal that was waived off, before she finally got on the board off an assist from Tessa. Brooke netted another goal after a steal and quick shot, before Violet put the game out of reach by taking a pass from Ava and firing a hard shot that slipped past the keeper. Riley made all the saves for the Charge in posting a clean sheet.
The Charge closed out the day with a 4-0 win against Lionville that featured some impressive passing. On their first goal, the Charge strung multiple passes together, as Penny sent a goal kick to Jessa, who passed ahead to Tessa, who crossed to Grace for a shot that beat the keeper on the near side. Tessa was all over the field on both offense and defense. She sparked the second goal by racing to keep the ball in bounds and dribbling down the sideline before centering to Brooke, who nailed the shot to put the Charge up 2-0. After that goal, Lionville roared back the other way with a hard shot that Penny saved. More precision passing led to the Charge's third goal, with Ava finding Jessa downfield on the attack for a score. Ava closed out the game by stealing a goal kick and beating the keeper.
The Charge's regularly scheduled Central League game on Oct. 27 was rained out, but they'll be back on the pitch Nov. 3 at Haverford.