Arsenal wins two more,
stays atop the standings
The EW PAL Girls U12 Arsenal put forth quite a showing in its two home games at East Windsor PAL last weekend.
First, the Arsenal hosted the German American Kickers (GAK) Banshees Friday evening in a rematch from last week. The large crowd that came out to see the Arsenal were not disappointed.
The high-powered offensive play combined with a tough defensive style was evident in a 6-0 victory. Angelina Benitez continued frustrating defenses with her speed and ball skills and scored four goals. Rachael Charsky added to the Arsenal attack controlling the midfield and scoring a goal and notching an assist as well. Allie Szelag added a goal with a shot from the left wing. Anna Zappola and Elise Price each had an assist.
After a day of rest, the Arsenal was to face the Monroe Falcons, the team’s potentially toughest opponent. It took a full team effort and when the final whistle blew, the Arsenal walked away 3-0 winners, notching their fifth consecutive win and their third shutout of the season.
The defensive play of Charlotte Garcia, Megan Kazhem, and Tanya Aughenbaugh stopped every Monroe scoring opportunity. The game was tough and physical and the Arsenal was able to break through as Nishan Pannu scored her first career Arsenal goal on an assist by Marcella Hirschman.
The Arsenal scored quickly in the second half on an Allie Szelag rebound off a shot by Rachael Charsky. The finishing touch was a goal on a blistering direct free kick from Charsky from 25 yards out after Lola Huang drew the foul. Radha Ghate dazzled in goal with several key saves.
At the halfway point of the season, the Arsenal stand atop MOSA National 1 Division at 5-0.