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Lady Barons upset West York in Districts
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org, Staff Writer
It would have been understandable if Manheim Central field hockey players Mattie Berger and Kylee Garber had some anxiousness on Monday night.
When starter Savannah Ford suffered an injury in practice, Lady Barons’ coach Sam Shober told those two they would be filling in for Tuesday’s District Three Double-A first-round playoff game.
As it turned out, each girl scored a goal, and Garber’s tally with 13:02 left proved to be the game-winner as 13th-seeded Manheim Central defeated 4th-seeded West York 3-2 at Central York High School.
"Obviously after it happened at practice yesterday, we let them know what to expect and both of them did a wonderful job filling those positions," Manheim Central coach Sam Shober said.
With the win, the Lady Barons (12-8) now advance to the District quarterfinals this Saturday against 5th-seeded Fleetwood (16-3-2), a 3-0 winner over Hamburg, this Saturday at Governor Mifflin High at 11 a.m.
On Tuesday, West York took the early lead when Hartnett connected with 5:50 gone in the opening half. But Central needed just 35 seconds to get the equalizer, with Berger beating Bulldogs’ keeper Cassidy McCauley, with an assist by Daniel.
"We played well," Shober said. "Again, we struggled with the first few minutes, but we seem to always do that at the beginning of the game. I definitely think they started playing as a team more and connecting their passes, and that definitely had an impact on the outcome."
Lauren Gay put West York back in front at 6:39 of the second, and Central again quickly answered, this time with Paige Daniel finding the back of the cage nearly three minutes later, on a helper from Kately Grazan.
It remained deadlocked until Garber got the game-winner, from Brittiny Griffith, with 13:02 remaining on the clock.
For the game, Central held the edge in shots (12-7) and corners (13-7) and keeper Corissa Landis had five saves to record the win between the pipes.
In other action last Saturday, Daniel’s goal with 2:12 gone in overtime, on a nice assist from Griffith, lifted the Lady Barons to a 3-2 victory over Berks Catholic in a District Three Double-A play-in game at Hershey High School.
They neeeded a goal by Griffith with 8:43 left in regulation to overcome a 2-1 deficit to the 13th-seeded Lady Saints.
The second half was more evenly-played following the opening 30 minutes, in which BC controlled play with advantages in shots (8-2) and penalty corners (6-0). In fact, Erin Jury gave the Lady Barons a 1-0 lead when she beat Berks Catholic keeper Cianna Corbacio with 8:49 elapsed.
"We just kinda reminded them that if you lose, we’re done at this point," Shober said. "And I think that was eye-opening to them. We haven’t played a match since a week and a half ago, so I think that may have had something to do with their slow start. But they lit that fire themselves and took it into their own hands."
A letdown allowed the Lady Saints (11-6) to quickly get the equalizer just 24 seconds later, as Katrina Balatgek slammed the ball home with 20:47 left. Then just over 9:00 later, junior Ashley Bean scored to give BC a 2-1 lead.
It stayed that way until Central turned a nicely-executed passing play into the game-tying goal, with Morgan Mumma getting the ball to Katie Bustin, who carried into the circle and fed a wide-open Griffith to make the score 2-2 with 8:43 remaining.
For the game, Berks Catholic held the edge in corners (12-3) and shots (16-10), but neither team scored again in regulation. Corissa Landis finished with 13 saves between the pipes for MC and Katie VanBlargan added a defensive save.
Then in the extra session, Daniel’s goal sent the Lady Barons onto the next round.
"We’ve played quite a few overtimes — that was our fourth overtime this season, so I think that’s something we’re very good at and we practice a lot because at this time of year, everyone is good and it can happen," Shober said. More MC HOCKEY, page B-5