WC East comes back to beat Dis­trict 11 champ

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bruce Adams badams @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @mline­s­ports on Twit­ter

Just 13 min­utes into its PIAA Class AA state field hockey tour­na­ment opener Tues­day evening, West Ch­ester East trailed Dis­trict 11 cham­pion Southern Le­high 2-0 at Park­land High School.

But the re­silient Vik­ings (14-9), the fourth seed from Dis­trict 1, bat­tled back. East’s Va­lerie Say and Lau­ren Fred­er­icks each scored a goal to tie the score 2-2 at half­time, then the Vik­ings’ Kelly Con­lon scored twice in the sec­ond half to bring home a 4-3 vic­tory in a Class 2A opener.

“I am very proud of our team for bat­tling back the way they did,” said East head coach Tay­lor Shronk. “Southern Le­high is a well­coached, well-skilled team, and they played very ag­gres­sively and put im­me­di­ate pres­sure on the ball. For us, it was a huge team ef­fort tonight by each girl on the field, a great game of field hockey by both teams, and the at­mos­phere tonight was def­i­nitely in­tense [on both sides].

“This was a team ef­fort from the back line to the mid­field to the for­ward line. [Cen­ter mid] Ni­cole Fred­er­icks did a great job feed­ing the ball and trans­fer­ring it. [De­fender] Amilia An­draos did a great job on de­fense clear­ing out wide.”

Early in the sec­ond half, West Ch­ester East came out strong to gain a two-goal lead with nine min­utes re­main­ing. Southern Le­high scored their third goal three min­utes later.

“Our girls played very poised and main­tained con­trol to fin­ish out the game,” said Shronk. “The coach­ing staff is very proud of the ef­fort and hard work that all of our girls have put in this sea­son in or­der to make it this far.”

West Ch­ester East ad­vances to the sec­ond round Satur­day to play the win­ner of Tues­day night’s Twin Val­ley-Crest­wood matchup. UNIONVILLE 5, STATE COL­LEGE 0 >> Unionville (20-2), the third-place fin­isher in Dis­trict 1, shut out Dis­trict 6 cham­pion State Col­lege in the first round in Class 3A.

For the In­di­ans, key con­trib­u­tors in­cluded Katie An­der­son (two goals, two as­sists), An­nie McDonough (two goals), Claire Donovan (one goal, one as­sist), Madi­son Miles (two as­sists) and goalie Lizzie Gaebel (two saves).

Unionville head coach Erin Cur­tis said, “Once we set­tled into the game, we were able to keep pos­ses­sion. We had a strong de­fen­sive ef­fort, sev­eral suc­cess­ful cor­ners, and we fin­ished well.”

VILLA MARIA ACAD­EMY 3, WYMONING VAL­LEY WEST 2>> The Hur­ri­canes (19-2), the No. 3 seed out of Dis­trict 1 in Class 2A, edged Dis­trict Two cham­pion Wy­oming Val­ley West, 3-2, in the open­ing round of the PIAA Class AA state tour­na­ment.

Emily Doyle’s unas­sisted goal gave Villa Maria a 1-0 half­time lead, then team­mates Mary Harkins and Han­nah Miller scored in the sec­ond half. Lind­say Dick­in­son dished out an as­sist for the win­ners, and Villa goalie Danielle Acuna recorded seven saves.

“I thought our whole team did very well tonight,” said Villa Maria head coach Daan Pold­ers. “Emily Doyle had some dy­namic runs, and re­ally made it dif­fi­cult for [Wy­oming Val­ley]. We’re look­ing for­ward to the sec­ond round.”

DONE­GAL 4, WEST CH­ESTER HENDERSON 1 >> West Ch­ester Henderson, the fifth seed from Dis­trict 1, lost to the Dis­trict 3 cham­pion in 2A ac­tion at Penn Manor.

Henderson (18-5) kept the score close through the first half, trail­ing 1-0 at half­time. But in the sec­ond half, Done­gal pulled away for the win. Kasey Collins scored for Henderson in the sec­ond half, with an as­sist from Is­abel Harkins. Henderson goalie Emily Franco recorded eight saves.

It was a phys­i­cal game, with eight cards is­sued, two to the Done­gal coach.

“Our kids played their hearts out, left it all on the field,” said Henderson head coach Jen O’Don­nell. “We had a good first half, kept it close, but we just couldn’t main­tain it in the sec­ond half.”

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST MEDIA FILE

West Ch­ester East se­nior Kelly Con­lon scored two goals to put the Vik­ings in the lead for good Tues­day against Southern Le­high.

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