Mount too much for WC East in semis

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Tim Hindin thindin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

PLY­MOUTH » There haven’t been too many up­sets in the District 1 2A play­offs thus far this year, but West Ch­ester East en­tered Tues­day’s semi­fi­nal matchup against Mt St Joseph with one.

Un­for­tu­nately for the sixth­seeded Vik­ings, the chalk plays con­tin­ued as the sec­ond-seeded Mount used a big sec­ond half ef­fort to ad­vance to the cham­pi­onship game with a 4-1 win.

The Vik­ings have al­ready se­cured a state bid and will play in the third-place game Fri­day at top-seeded Villa Maria, which was up­set Tues­day by Me­rion Mercy.

The win­ner of that game will open state play next week against the District 2 cham­pion. The loser will face the District 11 champ.

Tues­day’s game was a onescore con­test at half­time. It ap­peared that East had weath­ered

the storm as it was sig­nif­i­cantly out­shot and had fewer op­por­tu­ni­ties than the Magic. The prob­lem for the Vik­ings, how­ever, was they couldn’t sus­tain enough of­fen­sive chances.

“(Mount) came out in­tense and they did a re­ally nice job of ex­e­cut­ing on the shots that they had,” West Ch­ester East coach Tay­lor Shronk said. “We came out slow and even af­ter half­time too (but) we did a great job clear­ing the ball out es­pe­cially with how much it was in our cir­cle.”

Mount’s first goal in the first half came off a big blast from Grace Wal­lis. The sec­ond half goals came in a dif­fer­ent fash­ion, as Natalie McNa­mara was the ben­e­fi­ciary of three fast break goals. Mar­got Bi­a­mon as­sisted two of McNa­mara’s three goals.

“The goals scored in the sec­ond half are com­bi­na­tion plays whereas the goal in the first half was a blast,” Mount coach Tina Rein­precht said. “You want to have a bal­ance be­tween a big shot that can beat the goalie but you got to have those balls (like the first goal in the sec­ond half).”

For East, it will look for a state berth via the play­back bracket. The Vik­ings have played the sec­ond and third ranked team in the play­offs so they should be pre­pared for its next op­po­nent.

“We played a very strong team in Hen­der­son and that kind of gave us a good warm up for get­ting fo­cused in and mov­ing for­ward be­cause from now on you’re go­ing to play very tal­ented teams,” Shronk said.

As for the Magic, they will take on a fa­mil­iar op­po­nent as it will take on con­fer­ence foe Me­rion Mercy at 3:30 p.m. Satur­day at Methac­ton.

“I love how the team is play­ing and we’re be­yond thrilled to be in this po­si­tion,” Rein­precht said. “We haven’t been in the district ti­tle in 10 years so we’re thrilled to be here. Our op­po­nent is go­ing to be some­body we know well, some­one that we al­ready played twice in the Catholic Academy League and I’ve got to give a shout-out to our league be­cause three of the four teams in the semis are in our league.”

BOB RAINES — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

West Ch­eser East’s Amilia An­draos checks Mount St. Joseph’s Natalie McNa­mara Tues­day.

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