Vikings top Great Valley in play-off game
Vikings blank Pats to set up Henderson battle
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.