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Phila. Academy takes a beating

Wyomissing scored eight first-half goals en route to a 13-0 thrashing in the opening round.

It was only a matter of time.

As hard as it tried, Philadelphia Academy Charter didn't have a chance yesterday.

In Wyomissing, the Chargers faced a team that was much faster and more skilled.

So while Philadelphia Academy keeper Liz McQuillan kept it close early, the inevitable happened.

After 13 minutes of a scoreless game, the Spartans scored eight first-half goals en route to a 13-0 victory in a state PIAA Class AA first-round girls' soccer game at Charles Martin Stadium.

The win sent District 3's Wyomissing (20-6) into Friday's quarterfinals at a site to be determined.

For its part, Philadelphia Academy (5-7-1) got the satisfaction of making its first postseason appearance.

"We were doing OK," McQuillan said. "But we were not getting to the ball at the midfield."

Few expected this game to be close under the circumstances.

McQuillan, a junior sweeper, was forced to start in net because starting goalkeeper Ashlyn Lawless missed the game as a result of a family vacation.

McQuillan didn't look out of place for the first 13 minutes, stopping Wyomissing's first eight shots on goal.

But senior forward Courtney Hamsher's goal one minute later finally got the Spartans on the scoreboard. From then on, it was all Wyomissing.

Hamsher, a Towson University recruit, scored both of her goals in the decisive first half.

Senior Nicolette Miller and freshman Corbin Weaver also tallied their two goals apiece before intermission. Junior Caitlin Bohr and sophomore Jordan Bahr scored in the first half as well.

Wyomissing had a 41-1 shots-on-goal advantage.

Wyomissing 8 5 - 13

Phila. Acad. Charter 0 0 - 0

Goals: W-Courtney Hamsher 2, Corbin Weaver 2, Nicolette Miller 2, Jordan Bahr, Caitlin Bohr 2, Cydney Engle 2, Hillary Dooley 2.

Saves: W-Hayley Zinn 1; PAC – Liz McQuillan 16, Bonnie McQuillan 11.