Second-half goals lift PM over Warwick in L-L semi-finals

By on October 15, 2014

For about 48 minutes on Tuesday, Warwick played even – or better – against Penn Manor.

It was that other 12 minutes that the Lady Warriors would like to have back.

PM’s Madison Warfel and Bri Kline scored just 37 seconds apart and that was all the Lady Comets needed, as they shut out Warwick 2-0 in the L-L League playoff semi-finals in Millersville.

Warwick junior forward Delaney Ryan (right) battles a Donegal player for the ball in last Saturday’s L-L quarter-final round game at Elizabethtown.

Warwick junior forward Delaney Ryan (right) battles a Donegal player for the ball in last Saturday’s L-L quarter-final round game at Elizabethtown.

The win sends Penn Manor to the finals on Thursday where they will face Hempfield, a 1-0 winner over Manheim Central in the nightcap of the doubleheader. Warwick, meanwhile, will begin preparations for its District Three Triple-A opener. They go into the break, however, knowing that they gave a solid effort in a losing cause.

“Great first half,” Warwick coach Bob Derr said. “In the second half, we had about 10, 12 minutes that that we were just getting beat to the ball and they were coming like gang-busters. The damage was done in a very short period of time.”

The Warwick girls had opportunities of their own to do some damage, using a nice passing attack to outcorner PM 6-1 in the opening 30 minutes. For the game, they held an 8-7 edge in that category. But with two of their top players &tstr; Noelle Kephart and Jamie Martin &tstr; still sideline due to injury, the Lady Warriors were left frustrated.

It marked the third time in as many games this season that Warwick was unable to find the back of the cage against Penn Manor.

“We just couldn’t finish in the circle,” Derr said. “But of course, on penalty corners, just like (Penn Manor coach Matt Soto), two of my main strikers were sitting on the bench.”

Early in the second half, Warwick’s Mady Christen came up with a defensive save behind goalie Kailynne Reinoehl (5 saves) on Warfel to keep it tied. But PM generated the first three corner chances, and on the third of those, Warfel cashed in from Carolyn Sloss with17:33 left.

Just 37 seconds later, with a couple of Lady Comet players left free, Kline doubled the advantage on a helper from Brooke DeBerdine. For the game, PM outshot Warwick 8-5.

“I felt we had the better of the play in the first half, but in the second half, they started getting more momentum,” Derr said. “Defensively, we just weren’t picking people up which led to two goals.”

Warwick answered with a penalty corner, and PM keeper Allison Schaefer made a right foot save on a shot by Casie Stief. But the WHS girls were unable to generated any sustained pressure and Penn Manor held on for the win.

“We never got the momentum back,” Derr said. “But I’m proud with how the girls played. Without two main starters, they really stepped up their game and looked really good. It’s just a matter of doing that for two solid halves against that kind of speed.”

Last Saturday, Jaycie St. John improvised on Warwick’s 15th corner of the game and her heads up decision led the Lady Warriors to a 1-0 OT win over Section Three champ Donegal in the L-L League playoff quarterfinals at Elizabethtown.

“The ball wasn’t supposed to go where it went,” Warwick coach Bob Derr laughed. “It was supposed to be a pass to somebody else, but she said she saw an opening. She said that she saw the right cage was open, so she shot it. That was good.”

Warwick’s (13-5-1) overall performance against a quick Donegal team was great.

Although the Lady Indians (16-2-1) held a 17-8 edge in shots, Warwick goalie Kailynne Reinoehl and the defense were up to the task. St. John finished with three defensive stops, and Reinoehl had 14 saves, including a stroke by Donegal’s Rachel Robinson with 23:35 left in the first half.

Senior Becky Kauffman and sophomore Maddie Christen, who moved from midfield to side back, were among those who stepped up for Warwick.

“The defense has to take a lot of credit for keeping this game where it was,” Derr said. “Reinoehl in the goal cage made some outstanding stops. She just did a great job.”

The Lady Warriors built a 15-13 advantage in corners, but it was Donegal who got the first two opportunities in the extra session. Then with just under eight minutes left, Reinoehl kicked out a shot by Lady Indian senior Kayla Forrey.

A short time later, Robinson went off with a green card. Donegal withstood that adversity, but the Lady Warriors capitalized on their only OT corner. Casie Stief inserted the ball to Marleise Emrhein, who dished to St. John. Taking advantage of an opening, the senior star pushed the game-winner into the right corner of the cage.

“We’re trying to revamp our penalty corners without (Kephart and Martin),” Derr said. “We were ad-libbing as we were going.”

St. John did a little ad-libbing of her own, as the Warwick girls improved to 1-2-1 in OT this year.

“Unbelievable … wow,” Derr said. “I am so proud of them. I just didn’t know what we’d be able to do with Donegal because they’ve got some speed. I didn’t know how we were going to handle that with my center mid and my right mid out. But the girls stepped up.”


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