NETHER PROVIDENCE >> With about 15 minutes left Thursday, Radnor coach Mike Welsh made a switch.
Sensing a lull in the constant waves of pressure and possession that Strath Haven had bombarded his team with all night, Welsh gave the signal to Maura Holst to push forward. Instead of sitting and solidifying Radnor’s stout central midfield, she should push up, take the space behind the forwards and shift the numbers of the attack whenever possible.
Holst’s response was exemplary.
Holst cashed in on the escalating pressure with an exquisitely placed shot, turning and shooting from 28 yards out and lofting a perfect chip off the inside of the far post and out of the reach of All-Delco goalie Katie Fisher for the only goal in a 1-0 Central League win.
In a territorial game played under constant rain, Holst’s moment of brilliance in the 73rd minute won an otherwise taut affair, handing the Panthers (6-3, 5-1) their first league loss.
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