Central advances in Districts Field Hockey
BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor
, Staff Writer
Tayler Piper did a little bit of everything for the Manheim Central field hockey team on Tuesday against Red Lion.
The Lady Barons’ senior assisted on her team’s first goal.
Then Piper scored the second one.
And if that wasn’t enough, she also added a defensive save.
It was a big contribution in what turned out to be a 2-1 win for 11th-seeded Manheim Central over the 6th-seeded Lady Lions in a District Three Triple-A first-round playoff game at York Suburban.
"I thought we played pretty well," Manheim Central coach Lisa McCoy said.
Playing for the first time since falling in the L-L League playoff quarter-finals 10 days earlier, the Lady Barons (14-4-1) found themselves trailing 1-0 after Red Lion’s top player Ali Posey scored with 5:22 elapsed in the game.
"Ali Posey has really good stick skills and she kinda was able to just manipulate her way into the circle," McCoy said. "But we regrouped right after that and didn’t allow her to do it again, which was good."
In fact, Manheim Central’s defense did a solid job of limiting Red Lion’s (15-4) chances overall, holding them to just six shots and three corners. MC keeper Emma Beamesderfer finished with four saves.
"I was very pleased with the defense," McCoy said.
The Lady Barons’ offense, meanwhile, generated seven shots and 15 corners.
It was on one of those corners that Wagner scored the equalizer, on an assist from Piper, with 12:17 left in the half.
Later, the score was still knotted when Manheim Central went to work on another penalty corner. In a scary moment, Red Lion’s flyer collided with Central’s Jillian Wolgemuth and the Lady Barons were awarded a stroke.
Piper got the call and she delivered in the clutch, beating Red Lion keeper Jess Everett to give the Lady Barons a lead they never lost.
"(Tayler) had a very nice shot," McCoy said. "She stepped right in and put it right in the left side panel, basically. She had a good night."
In the second half, although the Lady Lions threatened a couple of times, Manheim Central’s defense was equal to the task to preserve the one-goal victory.
"Our defense did some nice things and held strong, which was good, and really withstood a couple of pressure moments," McCoy said.
With the win, Manheim Central advances to this Saturday’s District quarterfinal round, where they will face reigning L-L champ Penn Manor, the No. 3 seed, at a site and time to be determined.
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