Towne soccer's magical season comes to an end

(L to R) Frank­lin Towne Charter’s Stef Ulmer and Phil­adelphia Academy Charter’s Mi­chaela Corcor­an battle for a loose ball. FTC won the game 3-1 at North­east High School on Wed­nes­day, May 23. Ulmer scored all three goals. Kev­in Cook / for the Times


Con­sid­er­ing that the Frank­lin Towne Charter girls’ soc­cer sea­son had already bull­dozed past his­tor­ic status in­to story­book ter­rit­ory, nobody was ready to see it end just yet.

So when the Coyotes bowed out last week, all that was left to do was re­flect on a bril­liant year and look for­ward to next sea­son. Con­sid­er­ing that most of the team’s young tal­ent will re­turn, 2013 can’t get here soon enough.

Towne’s Pub­lic League title sea­son ended on May 30 with a 4-1 loss in the first round of the state play­offs. After the Coyotes knocked off Cent­ral on May 16 to end the Lan­cers’ 117-game Pub­lic League win­ning streak, Towne again van­quished Cent­ral on May 25 to win the school’s first Pub­lic League soc­cer title.

From there, it was on to the first round of states to face Berks County’s Fleet­wood High School. Fleet­wood, be­hind a more ex­per­i­enced roster, was too much for Towne to handle. The Coyotes kept it close with a 1-0 half­time de­fi­cit but ul­ti­mately fell, 4-1.

However, Towne nev­er backed down.

“My play­ers played their hearts out un­til the fi­nal whistle,” head coach Bri­anna O’Don­nell said. “It was nice to see them give one hun­dred per­cent even when our chance for vic­tory was gone.”

The high­light of the game for Towne came from Stefanie Ulmer, who, along with Rachel Gil­borges, formed a two-headed sopho­more scor­ing mon­ster for the Coyotes this sea­son. Ulmer scored a beau­ti­ful break­away goal in the second half, the first ever state play­off goal for Towne. Above all, the team gained some much-needed ex­per­i­ence in the state play­offs.

“The fu­ture looks bright for Frank­lin Towne Soc­cer,” O’Don­nell said. “I am very ex­cited for the com­pet­i­tion we will face in the fall.” ull;•


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