Warwick advances, MC falls in State openers
By: TODD RUTH Record Staff firstname.lastname@example.org, Staff Writer
Warwick broke a scoreless tie with a pair of second-half goals Tuesday at West Chester East High School to advance to Saturday’s State AAA Quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over District One runner-up Unionville.
Senior Emma Rissinger and freshman Jamie Martin both scored second-half goals for the Lady Warriors, who will now move on to Saturday’s second round at a site to be determined where they’ll face District 11 second seed Whitehall (20-3-1), a 4-0 winner over District Two champ Wyoming Valley West Tuesday.
"Our girls did a real nice job tonight," Warwick Coach Bob Derr said of the win.
While the Lady Warriors will move on, Manheim Central saw its season come to a close Tuesday with a 2-0 loss to perennial State power Villa Maria Academy in AA action at Wissahickon High School.
Sam Mueller had a goal and an assist for VM (18-2), which will advance to face District Two second seed Crestwood, which knocked off District Three runner-up Greenwood, 3-2 Tuesday.
Manheim Central (13-11), the sixth seed from District Three, hung tough with the District One champs and even had several opportunities despite being outshot 19-2 and out-cornered, 4-3.
Caroline Tratticelli got Villa Maria on the board in the 14th minute off a feed from Mueller, who would make it 2-0 when she scored with just four minutes to go in the half.
The Lady Barons got a terrific game out of goalkeeper Carissa Landis, who registered 16 saves on the evening.
"It was a heck of a game," Manheim Central Coach Sam Shober said Tuesday night. "In the first 10 seconds, I thought we were in for a blood bath but the girls adjusted really well to the speed and caliber that Villa Maria played. We even had a few golden opportunities that we didn’t execute that could’ve easily sent Villa Maria back home with a frown on their faces. I’m proud of the girls. I couldn’t have asked for a better first season. Every roller coaster ride has to end sometime, now we just have to go wait in line until the next ride."
Warwick (21-4), meanwhile, will continue its ride despite overcoming some anxious moments Tuesday.
Unionville (16-5-1) had a disallowed goal in the first half while a missed penalty stroke by Warwick kept this game scoreless at the half. The Lady Warriors did finally cash in at the 7:25 mark of the second half on a great individual effort by Rissinger.
The senior broke free on a counter attack and went in all alone on Unionville goalie Sam Carlino, who came out to challenge but Rissinger left her in her wake, swinging around her before pushing it in the wide-open cage.
"Emma did a great job on that (play)," Derr said.
About nine minutes later, the Lady Warriors thought they had made it 2-0 when they pushed the ball in the cage off a deflected shot. However, the whistle was blown and the referee at first issued a corner before changing the call to a penalty stroke.
Derr summoned Martin, a freshman, and she delivered, beating Carlino on the stroke for the goal.
"She’s been doing real well with penalty strokes in practice," Derr said of his decision. "I thought, you know what, ‘here you go girl. You are in the State prelim game, lets see what you can do here.’ And she did. She scored."
Leading 2-0 with 13:30 to go, the game took a physical edge the rest of the way but Warwick held tough. The Lady Warriors did allow a goal by Isabel McDonough with 2:32 to play, but were able to possess the ball the rest of the way to run out the clock.
For the game, Warwick out shot Unionville, 9-2 and held a 4-2 advantage in corners. Warwick keeper Alexis Charles made a pair of saves in the victory. More STATES, page B-4