Vikings top Great Val­ley in play-off game

Vikings blank Pats to set up Hen­der­son bat­tle

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Neil Geoghe­gan ngeoghe­gan@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @NeilMGeoghe­gan on Twit­ter

WEST GOSHEN >> The West Ch­ester East field hockey squad wanted to get another shot at archri­val West Ch­ester Hen­der­son in the worst way, but the Vikings had to top Great Val­ley in round one of the Dis­trict 1 Play­offs to make it hap­pen.

As a re­sult, there was no look­ing past the vis­it­ing Pa­tri­ots on Wed­nes­day, and it showed in a 5-0 East tri­umph. It was the same score as an ear­lier reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ing, but both sides felt the post­sea­son clash was a bit more in­tense.

“It was dif­fer­ent. Great Val­ley had a lot of in­ten­sity as well, and they put some pres­sure on us,” said Vikings’ head coach Tay­lor Shronk.

“This was 100-per­cent dif­fer­ent,” agreed Great Val­ley head coach Ste­vie Winch­ester. “In the ear­lier game we kind of fell apart, and it was a game of in­di­vid­u­als. I felt like tonight we played as a team. I was proud of them for fight­ing so hard.”

Now 12-7 over­all and seeded sixth in the Class AA bracket, East will play at No. 3 Hen­der­son on Fri­day. The War­riors edged the Vikings 3-2 in the lone reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ing.

“Ever since the first time we played, we’ve wanted to get an-


West Ch­ester East se­nior Kelly Con­lon cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing past Great Val­ley goalie Erin Kratzer in Wed­nes­day’s Class AA field hockey play­off game.


West Ch­ester East sopho­more goal­tender Nikki Bentley cov­ers a loose ball against Great Val­ley.

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