MC advances in States

By on November 8, 2017

Bollinger’s OT goal boosts Lady Barons to 2-1 win

Manheim Central junior Codi Bollinger (29), who scored the OT game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday, goes on the attack in the Lady Barons’ game against New Oxford last Saturday. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

Manheim Central’s 1-0 loss to Selinsgrove in their State playoff opener in 2016 was fuel for this year’s Lady Baron team.

So when they got back to the PIAA Double-A first-round on Tuesday and faced a tough Mount St. Joseph Academy team, they were a focused group.

And thanks to Codi Bollinger’s team-leading 29th goal with just 4:20 left in the first OT, the Lady Barons came away with a thrilling 2-1 victory in the rain at Methacton High School.

The win punched MC’s ticket to the State quarter-finals this Saturday against back-yard rival Donegal at a site and time to be determined.

“I can’t stop smiling,” Manheim Central coach Laura Gebhart said from the team bus. “It’s huge. The girls played awesome. This was a huge game for them. They wanted to get further than last year and they did that tonight. They came ready to play. And through the weather and some adversity, they laid it all out. They did an awesome job.”

The Lady Barons, who improved to 17-7, took a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal by freshman Jenna Lutz with 10:18 left in the stanza, assisted by Lily Sipel, and then Mount St. Joseph battled back in the second half to tie it on a goal by Julianna Kratz with 9:17 gone, forcing the 15-minute OT session.

There, MC had a few golden opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize until Bollinger scored, from Maddie Hosler, for the game-winner.

“Obviously, 10 minutes into overtime, everyone is tired. The girls were dead and by that time, we had probably cycled in two subs, so we were running on empty,” Gebhart recalled. “On this last play, we had a breakaway, Lily came in with speed, it deflected off a stick, and it was brilliant.”

That was the Lady Barons’ seventh shot of the game, to Mount St. Joseph’s three.

MSJ, though, had the momentum following Kratz’s tying goal, but Manheim Central’s defense proved equal to the task. Overall, Mount St. Joseph had a 7-6 advantage in penalty corners.

“We weathered their attack and we took a timeout to kinda re-focus,” Gebhart said. “Really our second half, we didn’t start out as strong and to Mount St. Joseph’s credit, they played brilliantly and put a lot of pressure on us. So it took a little bit to get our groove back and our defense did a phenomenal job of just stifling their attack, slowing them down, so we were able to stay in that game through all of that.”

And when Bollinger finally scored late in OT, the Lady Barons made that 1-0 loss to Selinsgrove seem like ancient history.


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