Conestoga dispatches Cougars in district opener
TREDYFFRIN >> No. 2 seed Conestoga, hosting 15th seed Downingtown East in the PIAA District One 3A field hockey tournament opener Wednesday, had faced the Cougars earlier this season, winning 4-3, so the Pioneers weren’t counting on an easy first-round game.
“We had this game on our minds ever since the end of the regular season,” said Conestoga senior co-captain Stephanie Hamilton. “We scouted their [district opener] Monday, and saw them come back from an 0-2 halftime deficit to win 6-2.”
Wednesday evening, the wellprepared Pioneers defeated Downingtown East, 11-1, at Teamer Field. Conestoga (18-1) took a 4-0 halftime lead, then spent the second half lengthening its lead against D-town East (10-9-1).
“At halftime, we told each other that we played hard for 30 min-