WILLOW WOOD >> It has been a difficult few years for Margaret Wilde, senior at Wissahickon. The University of Pittsburgh team suffered three left knee injuries – two to the meniscus and one to the ACL – that caused them to miss their first three seasons of high school football.
Finally on the pitch, Wilde is making an impact.
The left-hander scored the game-winning goal in the Trojans’ 4-2 win over Upper Moreland on Tuesday afternoon at Upper Moreland Senior High School.
In the 58th minute, Wissahickon got a corner kick and Wilde approached the ball. His left-footed strike passed the crowd and fell back to the other side of the net to score a run that gave the Trojans a 3-2 lead.
âI actually wanted to hit my teammate Margo (Kasenchar) off the back post,â said Wilde. âFortunately, he got to where he needed to go. That’s all that really matters.
âI practice free kicks but never anything from the corner. I normally take the turns with my club team (Penn Fusion), so I usually try to bend him into the back post, but I never, ever try to pull him from there. I like to give opportunities to my teammates.
âShe has a good left foot,â said Wiss coach Chris McDaniels. âShe hits the ball really well. She was trying to wrap her foot around that and hit our big center-back at the back post and played it a little too tight. You saw the rhythm – it was quite difficult to manage. Her left foot – she has already scored two out of 30 this year. She can do it.
This is the third game in a row where Wilde has found the back of the net.
â(Missing three years) was really frustrating,â said Wilde, who suffered an ACL injury in first year and meniscus injuries in second year and junior. âMy goal was to play in college, so those years of development not being able to be on the pitch for about 22 months was really very frustrating, but I’m just happy to be able to play high school football with my best friends and soon. back to the club.
âWe’re happy to have (Wilde) this year in grade 12,â McDaniels said. âHe’s a great talent. I would have liked to have had it for four years.
Later in the second half, Wilde helped the Trojans add an insurance goal. In the 72nd minute, she deflected the ball to Emma Baker, who walked towards the net on the right side and scored in the lower left corner.
Wissahickon (5-2-1) controlled play throughout the second half. After the score was tied at 2-2 at intermission, the Trojans put in seven shots on goal and got two Golden Bears one-shot corners (5-2-1) and no corners. Upper Moreland’s only shot on goal in the second half came with 45 seconds left.
“We lost one of our forwards in the first half, Emma Frasca,” said Upper Moreland coach Lisa Benvenuto. âWe also lost one of our midfielders for most of the second half, Mallory Roedig, who was winning all the balls 50/50 in the middle. I think we were still able to produce chances (in the second half), but maybe not as much as in the first half. I’m really happy with the way we were able to contain them. Wissahickon is quite promising, especially with its lineup. Chris trains them really well and once they got into their rhythm you got to see it play out on the pitch. I still think we did a very good job of preventing them from finishing. “
The Golden Bears came in first in the seventh minute as Frasca continued to press a loose ball past Wissahickon’s net before dropping it in the lower left corner.
The Trojans responded with two quick goals in the 20th and 22nd minutes, both scored by Kylie Friedman. The first was put together by Natalie Ryan and the second by Margo Kasenchar.
Wissahickon’s 2-1 lead didn’t last long. In the 23rd minute, Willow Taylor tied the score for Upper Moreland.
The Golden Bears entered the No. 5 seed in District 1-3A on Tuesday. Benvenuto is happy with the way they played against Wissahickon, who was ranked No.11 in District 1-4A.
âI’m happy,â she said. âLike I told the girls, we learn from every game we play. Sometimes what you see from your team when they lose is actually more beneficial than what you see from them when they win. I think today the game we saw was better than what we saw from them when we won games and when we drew. I think the effort was there and the work was there.
Wissahickon 4, Upper Moreland 2
Wissahickon 2 2 – 4
Upper Moreland 2 0 – 2
Goals: W: Kylie Friedman 2, Margaret Wilde, Emma Baker. UM: Emma Frasca, Willow Taylor.
Save: W: Taylor Piergrossi 2. UM: Natalie Walton 11.
Corners: W: 4. UM: 1.