MOUNT HOLLY— Moorestown had a chance to advance to the Tournament of Champions final past the final second.
A late penalty corner allowed Moorestown one final chance to level Oak Knoll, but the last scoring opportunity didn’t produce the goal the Quakers were hoping for.
Oak Knoll defeated Moorestown, 1-0, in the Tournament of Champions semifinal by way of a second-half goal from Annabelle Brodeur.
“My hat’s off to Oak Knoll,” Moorestown head coach Ali Collins said. “They’re an incredible program. I thought we matched up really well with them.”
The first half was evenly played, with the biggest save coming from Moorestown’s Lauren Pickul on an Oak Knoll penalty stroke.
After that, the Quakers and Royals played most of the first 30 minutes at midfield.
Moorestown had plenty of chances to score in the second half off penalty corners, but it wasn’t able to convert.
“At halftime, I was really confident,” Collins said. “We haven’t been down that much this year, but I know what my team is made of and I’ve been blessed to be with these kids for four years and I knew no matter how much time was left on the clock, they would have no quit and we would be in it.”
“The fact that we ended the game on a corner with no time on the clock is a testament to everything they’ve ever wanted and given to just compete for every second that was available to us. I’m so proud to have been a long for the ride,” Collins said.
The difference-maker came with 18:32 left in the game through Brodeur, who beat Pickul with a shot into the right side of the cage.