Warwick’s season ends with 4-0 District loss to LD

By on October 29, 2014

Even though things looked a bit grim for Warwick at halftime last Saturday, trailing top-seeded Lower Dauphin 2-0, all was not lost.

The Lady Warriors’ hope was that they could get on the scoreboard, create some energy and make it a new ball game in the second half.

Unfortunately, that never came to fruition.

Warwick senior midfielder Jamie Martin battles a Lower Dauphin player for the ball during first-half action in last Saturday’s District quarterfinals.

Warwick senior midfielder Jamie Martin battles a Lower Dauphin
player for the ball during first-half action in last Saturday’s District quarterfinals.

Senior forward Abby Julius scored two goals and Lower Dauphin walked off of Milton Hershey’s Henry Hershey Field with a 4-0 shutout of 9th-seeded Warwick in the District Three Triple-A quarterfinals. It marked the seventh straight game in which the WHS girls were held to one goal or less.

While the LD girls (21-1) advanced to Tuesday’s semi-final round to face Penn Manor, a 5-0 winner over Central York, Warwick ended its season with a 14-7-1 record.

“When that fourth goal came in and I looked at the clock, I said, ‘It’s pretty much over,’” Warwick coach Bob Derr said. “But the thing is I just wanted them to come out and fight, and they did. They came back and fought those last (11) minutes that we had left in the game.”

Derr, in fact, was pleased with the fight they showed throughout a season in which they never had a healthy lineup. Jamie Martin (hamstring) and Noelle Kephart (concussion) were back on the field Saturday, but neither were 100 percent.

“Now it’s just time to reflect back on the season that could have been, would have been … you just don’t know,” he said. “We’ve been really battered physically all season. It’s a shame because the expectations for this particular team were really high and it never panned out. Injuries really killed us.”

The Lady Falcons’ quick transition game killed Warwick on Saturday. Pinning the WHS girls in their defensive end early in the game, Lady Warrior keeper Kailynne Reinoehl (8 saves) stopped a shot from Maddie O’Neill, but Julius was there for the rebound to give LD a 1-0 lead with 4:36 elapsed.

Although Warwick picked up back-to-back corners with just under 20 minutes left in the half, it was unable to get any shots through against LD keeper Maddie Lilliock. In fact, the Lady Falcons outshot Warwick 5-0 in the opening 30 minutes and kept the WHS girls from recording a shot on goal until Marleise Emrhein did so with 19:15 remaining in the second half.

For the game, Lower Dauphin held a 12-3 edge in shots over the Lady Warriors.

“When we intercepted passes, we couldn’t transition fast enough and connect from that point,” Derr said. “And we just did not step up and deny the passes like we needed to do. When we turned the ball over, they were able to get their next pass off quick and take the ball down the field. That was a huge difference in the game which put us in our defensive end.”

The hole got a little bit deeper for Warwick when LD’s Gini Bramley &tstr; one of 21 seniors on the Lady Falcons’ squad &tstr; scored on a reverse sweep with 6:52 remaining in the half.

Still, the WHS girls had an opportunity to create the energy they wanted with a corner at the 24:00 mark of the second. LD, though, turned them back.

“We only got a few corners, only got very few shots off, and that was all in the second half,” Derr said.

Lower Dauphin did, however.

With 14:00 to go, Julius scored her second goal of the game, blasting the shot over Reinoehl and into the back of the cage.

Just under four minutes later, Taylor Bracale converted on an LD corner, on assists from Joely Helder and Aliza Mizak, to make it 4-0.

Overall, Lower Dauphin held a slim 7-5 edge in penalty corners.

“They got a lot of shots, but I thought we did a good job of keeping them on the penalty corner end less,” Derr said. “We allowed seven &tstr; my goal was was to (allow) six or less. We missed it by one.”

Kephart and Martin got shots away at Lilliock in the final eight minutes, but it wasn’t enough.

“They’re a very good team,” Derr said of LD, “but they’re beatable. It wasn’t like an overwhelming domination. We had opportunities where we got inside (the circle), but just didn’t capitalize.”

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