D-West girls fall to Garnet Valley

Downingtown West's Delaney Carle scored a goal against Garnet Valley Friday night, but her team ultimately lost, 5-3.

Downingtown West’s Delaney Carle scored a goal against Garnet Valley Friday night, but her team ultimately lost, 5-3.

WEST GOSHEN — It just wasn’t the game for the Downingtown West girls ice hockey team.

No matter how close the Whippets came, they just couldn’t topple Garnet Valley Friday night at Ice Line.

“It was a little bit (of a disappointment),” said D-West coach Robert Fleming. “I think the girls would say that. We had a little bit of a letdown in the second period.”

Despite battling to within one goal twice in the game, D-West (2-2-0) just couldn’t catch up on the scoreboard with Garnet Valley (1-0-0).

Not to mention Garnet Valley’s Abby Shows became a one-girl scoring machine in the game, tallying three of her team’s five goals.

However, D-West’s Elizabeth D’Ginto wasn’t to be outdone.

Though the senior only scored once, she had a hand in all three of D-West’s goals, providing the assists for Delaney Carle and Keerstyn Windle.

Fleming credits some of the loss on not knowing what to expect from Garnet Valley, which opened its season that night.

“Trying to scout them is not easy,” he said. “We didn’t know what to expect. We knew some of the players, so we knew the talent we were facing, but didn’t really know what to expect.”

Though it was a loss, Fleming did see some positives to take away from the game.

“We battled back,” he said. “We did have one own-goal at the end, but what are you going to do? It happens in a hockey game. We came down and had a couple of good scoring chances at the end, so that’s a good thing. The girls didn’t let up – they knew they were still in it.”

The two teams will face off again in just a week, and this time around, Downingtown West knows what to expect and, with that, the girls have the chance to change their fortunes.

“We play them again next Friday and we’re hoping for a different outcome, of course,” Fleming said.

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