Caparo scores four; Gwynedd-Mercy advances

Senior captain Taylor Caparo hasn't been the biggest scoring threat or even played on the offensive end consistently this season. But Friday, she scored four goals to help second-seeded Gwynedd-Mercy shut out No. 3 Marple Newtown, 4-0, in the District 1 Class AA girls' soccer semifinals.

A possible rematch from last season's AA district final looms on Monday if top-seeded Villa Joseph Marie can get by Phoenixville in Saturday's semifinal. The Monarchs lost a heartbreaker to the Jems last season, falling by 2-1 in overtime. Gwynedd-Mercy has never won a District 1 Class AA championship in girls' soccer, coach Gary Lamsback said.

Caparo became the first Monarchs player to score as many as four goals in a playoff game, Lamsback added. The coach called his senior's performance "outstanding," considering he doesn't often call her up to the offensive side, but he thought she could be used against the Tigers' defense. 

The goals came in the 26th, 36th, 56th, and 66th minutes. Two were assisted by a fellow captain, junior Meredith D'Angelo. 

Marple Newtown had no answer for Caparo's offensive outburst. The Tigers sent eight shots at seniors Courtney Sullivan and Ally Fasano, who split time in net, and all eight were denied. 

The District 1 final will be played Monday at Council Rock North.