Ea­gles, Pan­thers set for open­ing round bout

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

Bo­hemia Manor and Per­ryville faced off twice dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son.

On Tues­day, the two Ce­cil County ri­vals will once again share the field, only this time with their sea­sons on the line. The Ea­gles (83-1) will aim for a rare three­game sweep when they host the Pan­thers (3-7) in the 1A East Re­gion Sec­tion I semi­fi­nals.

Bo Manor topped the Pan­thers 5-3 in the sea­son opener on Sept. 8, be­fore edg­ing them 2-1 on Sept. 27.

“Hon­estly, I don’t like it just be­cause I feel like it gets a lit­tle dry once you’ve seen some­body so many times. No mat­ter how close the games were, it’s tough to beat a team three times. It’s go­ing to be a tough one,” Ea­gles coach Lissy Haney said. “We def­i­nitely can’t look past them at all. They gave us a run for our money the last time we saw them.

“We have our plan for them be­cause we’ve seen them in the reg­u­lar sea­son twice. We know what to ex­pect and we’ll just see which teams show up ready.”

For four Bo Manor se- niors, the play­offs rep­re­sent one last chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the suc­cess of their fresh­man sea­son, when the Ea­gles cap­tured the pro­gram’s first-ever re­gion ti­tle. Goalie Emily Park, for­ward Erin Horsey, mid­fielder Maken­zie Stal­lone and de­fender Hai­ley Hus­felt will all take their home field for the last time on Tues­day.

“They would re­ally like to re-en­act their fresh­man year when they won the re­gion ti­tle and went to states,” Haney said of her se­niors. “We have some re­ally tough road blocks in the way, but they’re strong lead­ers and they’ve showed that lead­er­ship through the whole sea­son, so we’ll see what hap­pens.”

Per­ryville first-year coach Cay Weller ref­er­enced a fa­mil­iar cliché as her team pre­pares for Bo Manor.

“The ben­e­fit of play­ing Bo Manor a third time is that third time’s a charm,” Weller said. “In all se­ri­ous­ness, the last loss against them was a hard one for us to take. I think the girls are ea­ger to have a re-match and show their abil­i­ties and how they’ve grown as a team through the sea­son.”

The Pan­thers will be look- ing for sim­i­lar suc­cess as last year, when they opened post­sea­son play with a win over Havre de Grace.

“I think last year’s play­off suc­cess shows a lot about our team. We went into the Havre de Grace game last year as un­der­dogs and I think that’s how we’re go­ing into the Bo Manor game. The pos­i­tive side is that when you go in as an un­der­dog you go in with the at­ti­tude of want­ing to prove your­self. I think that will bring us to a higher in­ten­sity of play,” Weller said. “This week at prac­tice we’ve been fo­cus­ing on work­ing as a team and hav­ing fun on the field as a team, which I think is im­por­tant be­cause love for the game helps you play your best.”

For which­ever teams wins, the re­sult is a po­ten­tial re­match in the sec­tion fi­nal against Pat­ter­son Mill (10-2), which opens the play­offs at home against ei­ther Havre de Grace (210) or Jop­pa­towne (0-9).

The Huskies ended the sea­sons for both Bo Manor and Per­ryville last year.

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CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Sopho­more Kirstin Walz and the Bo­hemia Manor girls’ soc­cer team will host Per­ryville in the 1A East Re­gion Sec­tion I semi­fi­nals on Tues­day. It will mark the third meet­ing this sea­son be­tween the two Ce­cil County ri­vals.

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