Archbishop Wood continues legacy with another PCL title in girls’ soccer

Archbishop Wood girls soccer players celebrate winning the Philadelphia Catholic League Championship Girls Soccer game, over Lansdale Catholic, which was held at the North East Super Site, on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

The high school sports landscape has changed significantly through the years. But some rich traditions still remain, including the significance of a Philadelphia Catholic League championship, whatever the sport.

Paige Eckert knew all about the tradition of the Catholic League before she enrolled at Archbishop Wood this fall; two of her siblings are Wood graduates, a third will graduate next spring, and her teammates.

On Saturday afternoon, Eckert added her own name to the Vikings’ historical legacy, scoring two goals, including the game winner with 6 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first overtime period as Wood edged Lansdale Catholic 2-1 to successfully defend the Catholic League girls’ soccer championship at Northeast High on Saturday.

“This means everything,” Eckert said of the Wood’s successful title defense. “It’s amazing to get here and amazing to win it, especially as a freshman. It’s been my dream to make it here and score in the PCL championship.”

Eckert came up big when her team needed her the most.

Lansdale Catholic took a 1-0 lead when Megan Steinbach dribbled through traffic and found the back of the next with 26 minutes remaining in regulation.

The Vikings, however, were unfazed.

“With the help of our coaches, and our teammates, we stepped up,” Eckert said. “We pulled through and got it back.”

Eckert tied the game with 5:21 remaining in regulation when she scored during a scramble in front of net that was set up by Grace Hoeger’s cross.

The golden goal was a missile delivered from the right edge of the box. Crusader keeper Cassidy Saulino got a hand on the ball, but couldn’t keep it out of the net.

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Game balls

∎ Archbishop Wood’s Paige Eckert scored both her team’s goals and generated several other quality chances in Saturday’s win.

∎ Lansdale Catholic’s Meghan Steinbach was dominant on the ball and off, scoring her team’s goal and directing traffic to create an abundance of chances for her side.

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∎ Archbishop Wood’s Ava DeGeorge excelled at distributing the ball and giving her team the energy to move forward.

What’s next

Wood will face a Public League opponent in the District 12 Class 3A Championship game which is set for Thursday. Win or lose the team is assured of a place in the state tournament.

Lansdale Catholic will face Nazareth Academy on Friday at a site to be determined for the championship of the Class 2A District 1/12 sub-regional. The winner will advance to the state tournament.

They Said it

“The PCL has so much history. I played in it, coached in it. My parents played in it. I’ve got kids on the team whose parents played in it. There’s just so much history in the PCL. It’s a great atmosphere for these kids to play in,” Wood coach Tom DeGeorge.

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This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: PCL Girls Soccer: Bucks High School Sports Wood Lansdale Catholic


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