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Struggling Pangborn looks to gain first win

Joe Meixell | Tuesday, September 30, 2003

The contest between Pangborn and Walsh Tuesday night will pit two teams going in opposite directions. The winless Phoxes will be looking to post their first win at the expense of the Wild Women, who are hoping to build on recent successes and establish their team as a firm contender in the Blue League. Pangborn, a team that consists of 90 percent freshmen, will look to continue the rebuilding process according to captain Katie Murray. “We have great athletes in the freshman class but most of them have never played football before,” she said. “They just need to get used to football, but we’re seeing progress every day in practice.” The Phoxes are led by one of those freshmen, quarterback Christina Dunn, who Murray says is getting used to making the calls and growing as a player each day in practice. Dunn will look to throw to receiver Trish Conneely, who has scored all but one of the Phoxes’ touchdowns this season. Running back/receiver Katie Mooney, the owner of that touchdown, also looks to be a factor against the Wild Women. Murray cited last week’s hard fought game with Cavanaugh as a confidence booster, and a possible sign of things to come. “We stayed with them for the entire first half and even scored first. They’re one of the best teams in our league so we definitely see that as a confidence booster. We’re expecting the next two games to be wins.”The Wild Women will be looking to build on last week’s convincing 18-7 victory over the Pasquerilla West Purple Weasels. They will be led by a solid defense featuring Amanda Borys, a key contributor on both sides of the ball, and defensive lineman Karla Bell. The defense will look to continue the trend of putting their offense in good position to score by forcing turnovers. Offensively, Walsh will feature an offense led by quarterback Carrie Campbell, equally adept as a runner and a thrower. The offense, which has improved with each game, will certainly pose a challenge to the Pangborn defense, which has struggled a bit this year. The game will take place on at 7 P.M. on the Riehle West Athletic Fields.

Breen-Phillips vs. Welsh FamilyTonight’s game between Breen-Phillips and Welsh Family will be a battle of two great teams. Both have consistent offenses and strong defenses. Welsh Family is coming off a decisive win against Farley last week. “We’re progressively getting better each game,” said Jamie McEldowney, one of Welsh’s five captains. “This game is no different than any other one. We prepare for every game in the same way, and we practice to work on the little things which will make us better.” Welsh should take special notice, however, to BP’s explosive offense. They have scored 65 points in three games. The Babes are coming off a disappointing and ugly tie against Pasquerilla West. In that game, they were held to just six points, and they threw three interceptions. Despite that poor performance, the fact remains that they are still undefeated. Welsh is no slouch when it comes to scoring points, either. They have scored 59 points in four games, and they have won three straight after their season-opening loss. Quarterback Melissa Sands, who teammates say throws “perfect” passes leads them on offense. Welsh is a very young team, and they don’t have any real star players, but there always seems to be one or two girls who step up from different positions and make big plays. The question this week is which of the Whirlwinds will rise up and lead them to victory against mighty Breen-Phillips. Look for this game to be exciting right from the start as BP is eager to show they have the best offense in the league, and Welsh will “come out from the beginning with intensity and do our best,” according to McEldowney.

Cavanaugh vs. FarleyThe undefeated Cavanaugh Chaos who have begun the season 3-0 are set to play Farley’s Finest who have just come off a tie against PW last Sunday. “Experience has been the difference,” said team captain Jessica Leibowitz. “We have a lot of veterans. It is natural to play with intensity.” Experience has proven to be the difference for the Chaos this season.The Cavanaugh Chaos defeated the strong Wild Women of Walsh with an impressive 24-0 shutout last Sunday. Team captain Megan Land attributes the win to both sides of the field. “We played strong offensively and defensively and we have a lot of depth,” Land said.Despite all the team’s talent, quarterback Lisa Ruffer has emerged as a leader early this season and has proven to be an essential part of the team. “[Ruffer] has great poise with running and throwing the ball and has shown great leadership,” Leibowitz said. In preparation for today’s game, the team is planning to go through their usual routine and warm-up an hour before the game. The Chaos are not taking the Finest lightly. After last Sunday’s 13-13 tie with the Purple Weasels, the Finest are trying to build from the intensity.”We want to carry the momentum from last game. We are doing a lot of the right things offensively and the defense is very solid,” said team captain Angelina Zehrbach. Despite the energy coming into today’s game, the Finest are aware of Cavanaugh’s strength. “We know Cavanaugh will be a lot faster and quicker than last week’s game,” Zehrbach said. However, the Finest are sure to put up a battle with veterans such as Lizzy Coghill. “[Coghill] is amazing. She has made some all star catches,” Zehrbach said. Coghill is a part of an offense that is believed to be one of the team’s strengths. Zehrbach feels that their running game and having the ability to throw the ball deep will prove to be a factor in today’s game. “We need to be aggressive,” Zehrbach said.