Oley Valley stuns Lady Barons in OT

By on October 29, 2014

Lynx advance to District title game

You could almost hear the air come out of the balloon at Penn Manor’s Turkey Hill field in Millersville Tuesday night for Manheim Central’s field hockey team when Oley Valley scored with 1:15 left in regulation, tying their District Three Double-A semi-final game at 2-2.

The Lynx (21-0-2) went on to dominate the overtime period, scoring just 4:12 into the sudden death stanza to hand the Lady Barons (19-4) a tough 3-2 loss to swallow.

Manheim Central’s Sara Ober (20) takes control of the ball from Oley Valley’s Becca Heffner (29) in first half action at Penn Manor

Manheim Central’s Sara Ober (20) takes control of the ball from Oley Valley’s Becca Heffner (29) in first half action at Penn Manor

“I thought it was the best game we played all year,” Manheim Central coach Lisa McCoy said. “It’s one of those deals when you do everything right and you still end up on the wrong side of the score.”

The No. 1-seeded Lady Barons will now move on to the third-place game this Saturday at a site and time to be determined. Round one of the PIAA State Tournament begins next Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Senior co-captain Morgan Wagner also struggled trying to explain the loss.

“We were so prepared and so confident coming into the game,” she said. “We had practiced against what they do well and we were pumped up. I guess we just weren’t in the right place at the right time.”

Manheim Central broke onto the scoreboard first with 9:50 elapsed in the first half on the Lady Barons first corner of the game. Junior Kirsten Myer set up junior Jillian Wolgemuth, who ripped a back hand into the cage, her 21st goal of the year.

Oley Valley tied the score four minutes later when the Lynx leading scorer, senior midfielder Carly Kauffman, set up fellow senior Megan Kida.

The Lady Barons had the better of the chances for the rest of the half, including a scramble in front of the Oley Valley net with just five seconds left. The MC girls could not get a decisive stick on the ball and the clock ran out.

Manheim Central then took the lead for the second time in the game just 4:52 into the second half as Wolgemuth assisted on Taylor Wiederrecht’s goal. The Lady Barons controlled the rest of the half until the two minute mark by anyone’s standard, tallying the only four shots on goal during that time.

At that point the pendulum swung the other way, as Kauffman’s second assist found Laura Hinkle on the doorstep for the tying goal, 75 short seconds before what would have been a different result.

The 15-minute 7-on-7 extra period was a struggle from the start for Manheim Central, as Oley Valley attempted four consecutive penalty corners. The Lady Barons weathered that assault, but a green card to Wolgemuth left them one person short, a task too difficult to overcome.

Kauffman’s third assist found sophomore Sam Buzalweski, whose goal sent the 5th-ranked Lynx to Saturday’s District final for the third straight year.

Oley Valley will face Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Three champ Donegal, a 2-1 winner over Twin Valley, in Manheim.

OV ended the game out-shooting Central 9-8 (most in OT) and enjoyed a 10-5 advantage in corners, including four in the extra session.

Last Saturday, Wagner and junior Taylor Wiederrecht both scored to help lead Manheim Central in a 2-0 win over 9th-seeded Lancaster Mennonite in Millersville.

“We made a few field adjustments, which allowed us to get the ball in deeper, and that opened things up for the first goal,” McCoy said.

Those adjustments were necessary because the score was 0-0 at the half. Although the fans in the stands may get nervous watching the Lady Barons take their time clearing the ball from in front of their own net, McCoy says it’s all part of the plan.

“We try to be patient, because a quick clearing attempt often ends up being a turnover,” she said.

These two teams have played twice before, and both times, the nod went to Manheim Central by scores of 2-0 and 1-0.

“They have a lot of determination and step up to the ball well,” McCoy said of LMH. “We needed to improve on our passing game since the last time we saw them.”

MC’s first goal came 9:09 into the second half as four players &tstr; two from each team &tstr; battled over a ball just outside of the circle. Wiederrecht came out of the scrum and fed Wagner, who buried the ball in the left side of the cage. The second, with only 6:31 to go, sealed the deal as Wagner sent the ball from the right side to Wiederrecht in the middle, who never hesitated while beating Mennonite goalkeeper Kelsey Troyer low to her stick side.

She may not have been on the scoresheet, but Wolgemuth dominated the middle of the field and had a lot of respect for her opponent.

“They were giving us a lot of pressure in the first half,” she said. “They have great stick skills, but when they got close, we kept getting a stick on it.”

The win guaranteed Central a berth in the PIAA tournament.

For the game, Central outshot LMH 10-2 and had four corners to the Lady Blazers’ one for the Blazers. MC keeper Emma Beamesderfer stopped both shots she faced.

Talking about the Lady Barons’ preparation plans as the playoffs continue, McCoy said, “It’s more based on the opponent, and there is more time between the Tuesday and Saturday games. The one constant is to keep up the conditioning.”


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