Paisley Crawford

Titusville goalkeeper Paisley Crawford makes one of her 14 saves.

MEADVILLE — It’s no easy feat for a team to come back following a double-digit blemish, especially when it comes against arguably the number one team in District 10. But the Lady Rockets showed signs of mental and physical growth on the pitch, despite the final score on Friday afternoon.

After facing a daunting task at Warren on Wednesday, the Rockets played their penultimate game of the 2020 season at second-place Meadville. The Bulldogs utilized opportunities off set pieces en route to a 5-0 win.

Adelaide Phillis recorded a hat trick for the hosts, while Phoebe Templin and Olivia Stanton chipped in a goal each.

Even with the eventual scoreline, head coach Luke Dye praised his team’s efforts.

“It looked like a whole different team (from Wednesday),” said Dye. “We passed the ball and we moved the ball around. I think (the girls) played really, really well. They were relaxed and they were not scared.”

The Lady Rockets got their best chance on Bulldogs’ keeper Riley Olson in the winding moments of the first half when a shot from Adeline Hartshorne bested Olson to her left side, but trickled past the goal post by only inches, drawing a collective gasp from the Titusville faithful in attendance.

Meadville managed 32 total shots on the afternoon, but what kept the locals in contention throughout the entire match was an outstanding and determined performance by Paisley Crawford. The Lady Rockets’ netminder accumulated 14 saves, prompting a standing ovation from Dye.

“She’s incredible,” expressed Dye. “She’s a first-year goalie, and I thought today was the best game she’s played all season. Today was a career game for her, and they weren’t just little saves. It means so much to see her stand up and go hard.”

Crawford is one of eight sophomores on the Lady Rockets’ roster, one that also includes five freshman and only one junior.

The locals also feature three seniors in Olivia Samonsky, Lindsay Sines and Hartshorne. The trio will draw an end to their high school careers today at Eisenhower.

After Friday’s contest at Meadville, Dye reflected on the seniors’ impact.

“It’s been huge,” he said. “These seniors lead by example. They know (today) is their last one, and I know they are going to give it their all.”

Titusville (2-12) closes the 2020 campaign against the Knights at 11 a.m.

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