Martin’s goal lifts Warwick over Hempfield 1-0 in District opener

By on October 22, 2014
Warwick’s Becky Kauffman fires a shot at the Hempfield goalkeeper as teammates Jamie Martin (2) and Marleise Emrhein (5) look on. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

Warwick’s Becky Kauffman fires a shot at the Hempfield goalkeeper as teammates Jamie Martin (2) and Marleise Emrhein (5) look on. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

Warwick senior Jamie Martin’s goal 6:48 into the second half was the only score of the game as the 9th-seeded Lady Warriors eliminated 8th-seeded Hempfield with a 1-0 victory in the first round of the District Three Triple-A field hockey playoffs Tuesday night at Turkey Hill field in Millersville.
Martin was back in the lineup after missing several games due to injury and delivered in the clutch.
“I think it was a rebound,” she recalled. “I took the ball to the right before going toward the goalie. When she went left, I shot the ball into the right side of the cage.”
The victory sends Warwick to the District quarter-finals, to be played this Saturday, Oct. 25 against top-seeded Lower Dauphin at a site and time to be determined.
Against Hempfield on Tuesday, Warwick’s surge in the second half was a total turnaround from the Black Knights’ (15-7) domination of the first half. Even the overall statistics might surprise someone who looked at the final scoreboard. Hempfield outshot Warwick 12-3 and forced Lady Warrior goalkeeper Kailynne Reinoehl to stand tall in the cage with 12 saves. Some brought her as far as 10 to 12 yards in front of the net and several at point blank range.
Talking about the difference after halftime, veteran Warwick (14-6-1) coach Bob Derr said, “We did a better job at pressuring the ball and cutting down the passing lanes. Hempfield is a big-ball team and they have a lot of speed. I’m proud of the girls. It wasn’t the prettiest, but we’ll take it.”
Coming into the game, there was no clear-cut favorite, not even a whisker of difference between the two teams. Hempfield held the regular season tie-breaker, but each had an 11-3 Section One record in the Lancaster-Lebanon League. Warwick was seeded 9th in the District brackets, while the Lady Knights had the No. 8 seed.
The two squads had faced off twice in the regular season, with each winning on the other’s home field. Warwick took game one by a 4-1 margin on Sept. 18 in Landisville, and then the Lady Knights evened the score with a 2-1 OT triumph on Oct. 8 in Lititz.
Warwick had scored 57 goals and Hempfield 54. Both teams have matched up with Section One champ Penn Manor three times, including one for each in the L-L playoffs. Both teams have been winless against the League champs.
Both teams entered Tuesday’s action knowing that one would be eliminated.
“I’m not a fan of the seeding process, but I’m only one voice,” Derr said. “With the competitive schedule that we play and the quality of all the Section One teams (five of the seven qualified for Districts), we’re never going to have a high ranking.”
Hempfield coach Julianne Bojanic-Collier added, “You can find fault in any ranking system, but this is the third time in my six years that we’ve faced Warwick in the first round of Districts.”

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