Central tames the Lady Buffaloes in District playoff opener, 3-1

By on October 22, 2014
Manheim Central’s Jillian Wolgemuth tests Newport goalkeeper Misty VanHorn during a first-half scoring opportunity in Tuesday’s District game. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Manheim Central’s Jillian Wolgemuth tests Newport goalkeeper Misty VanHorn during a first-half scoring opportunity in Tuesday’s District game. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

As a team without a ton of playoff experience in recent years, the Manheim Central field hockey players aren’t taking their No. 1 seed in the District Three Double-A playoffs for granted.
Yes, the Lady Barons were playing 16th-ranked Newport in Tuesday’s opening-round, but there was no danger of them taking the Lady Buffaloes lightly.
“They’re still learning what it feels like to be a No. 1 seed,” Manheim Central second-year coach Lisa McCoy said. “So I don’t think that they really did (look past them) at all.”
It showed in their play.
The Lady Barons jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals by Kirsten Myer and Jillian Wolgemuth while dominating play in the opening half and then put away a 3-1 victory at Warwick High School in Lititz to advance to the quarter-final round.
“I think they came out both halves and played hard,” McCoy remarked.
They will need more of the same as they face Lancaster Mennonite &tstr; a 3-0 winner over Northern York &tstr; this Saturday in the round of eight.
But the Central girls got some momentum behind them by taking care of business following a seven-day break from their 1-0 loss to Hempfield in the L-L League playoff semi-finals last week.
“The first one (in a tournament) always makes me nervous,” McCoy laughed, “especially in Districts &tstr; if you lose, you’re out. I’m probably more nervous than (the players) are.”
The Lady Buffaloes had to be a bit nervous when Myer knocked home the game’s first goal on a corner, with a helper from Wolgemuth, with just 5:36 elapsed in the game.
It was the started of a first-half offensive onslaught in which MC outshot Newport 15-2 and built a 10-3 advantage in penalty corners. If not for the play of Lady Buffalo keeper Misty VanHorn (14 saves), the damage could have been a lot worse.
“Their goalie did play well,” McCoy said. “She was really coming out and cutting down the angle.”
Myer also finished with a defensive save in the first half behind keeper Emma Beamesderfer (4 saves), and then Wolgemuth doubled Central’s lead with 10:08 to go in the half, connecting unassisted &tstr; again off a penalty corner opportunity.
“That was good to see,” McCoy said. “We’ve been continuing to work on our corners, so I was real glad to see that we connected on two of them.”
From MC’s standpoint, it was also nice to see the advantage in team speed that they had on Newport. Junior Taylor Wiederrecht capitalized on her quickness, particularly early in the second half, when she carried the ball up the right wing and blasted the ball past VanHorn into the far left corner of the cage with only 1:52 elapsed to extend the lead to 3-0. It was the first shot of the half for either team.
For the game, Manheim Central outshot the Lady Buffaloes by an 18-7 margin.
“Taylor had a really nice game,” McCoy said. “Her speed really showed in tonight’s game. She had a couple nice runs up the field.”
At that point, the Lady Barons seemed ready to make it a rout. But Newport picked up its game, stepping to the ball better and catching Central off guard a bit with its long hits.
The Lady Buffaloes outshot MC 5-3 in the second half and nearly struck in the first five minutes of the stanza, but Kelsey Hammons had a defensive save to Newport off the board.
Momentarily, at least.
With 25:40 to go, Alyscia Smith connected on an unassisted tally to cut the Lady Barons’ lead to 3-1.
“They definitely put more pressure on us in the second half,” McCoy said.
Not enough, however. Beamesderfer finished with three of her four saves in the second half, and the Lady Buffaloes could get no closer.
“It was a great game,” McCoy remarked. “I’m very happy and very proud of the girls. They practice and play very hard… They weathered some good pressure in the second half.”

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