Warwick’s playoff fate comes down to the wireGirls Soccer

By on May 2, 2012

Warwick’s fate for the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs will be decided today (Thursday).

Currently, the Lady Warriors just two points behind Elizabethtown for the second and final L-L berth in Section Two. But if Warwick (8-5-1, 25 points) defeats Ephrata (3-11) and the Bears (9-5-0 L-L, 27 points) lose to Section champion Conestoga Valley (14-0 L-L), then the Warwick girls will leapfrog Elizabethtown to get into the L-L League dance.

"Hopefully, that gets us through," Warwick coach Mike Logan said.

On Tuesday night in Lititz, the Warwick girls took care of their business by defeating Lampeter-Strasburg (5-9-0 L-L) on a goal in the 74th minute by Hannah Bomberger, assisted by Brittany Hasson, leading them to a 1-0 win in Lititz.

Despite outshooting the Pioneers 8-3 and holding a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks, the Lady Warriors (8-8-1 overall) weren’t in top form in the opening half, as they went into the break knotted in a scoreless tie.

"The first half was very rough," Logan said. "We were playing erratic, we were playing longer than we should have and lacking possession. Then after a good talking at halftime about adjustments, they played very well in the second half."

Although the Warwick girls had two or three other quality scoring chances, Bomberger finally delivered the game-winner in the late stages of regulation.

That was enough against an L-S team which struggled to create offensive opportunities against the Lady Warriors’ defense.

"Honestly, L-S didn’t have a real, real good look at our goal," said Logan, whose squad was ranked 26th in the latest District Three Triple-A power rankings. "Our keepers didn’t have to make any great saves."

Last Friday, Elizabethtown junior Erin Sollenberger scored the second of her two goals in the 93rd minute of double overtime and the host Bears (8-5-0 L-L, 24 points) defeated Warwick 3-2 to overtake the Lady Warriors (7-5-1 L-L, 22 points) for Section Two’s second and final L-L League playoff berth.

In a back-and-forth battle between the two squads, E-town broke a scoreless tie when Sollenberger connected with 5:00 elapsed in the second.

After Kate Mobley got the equalizer for Warwick, Moyer put the Bears back in front in the 63rd minute. Elizabethtown had a slight edge in shots (8-6) for the game, but it took the Lady Warriors only a minute to answer, with Tiffani Cross pulling them even in the 64th minute.

Neither team scored over the final 16 minutes of regulation and the first 10-minute OT period, as Warwick’s Jackie McMullen and E-town’s Reinhold finished with four and six saves between the pipes, respectively.

But then Sollenberger ended it early in the second overtime.

Last Wednesday, April 25, the Warwick girls gave unbeaten Conestoga Valley all it could handle before suffering a 1-0 loss to the Section Two leaders in a hard-fought battle in Lititz.

Morgan Higgins scored in the 78th minute, on an assist from Michaela Horst, to snap the scoreless stalemate and lift the Buckskins to victory.

For the game, CV held the advantage in corner kicks (4-0) and shots (7-4), but Warwick keeper Samantha Kutcher made four saves to keep it close. More LADY WARRIORS, page B-8

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