Con­estoga blanked in state quar­ters

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jeff Kerr

downed Con­estoga 2-0, end­ing the Pi­o­neers sea­son at 22-2.

Con­estoga wanted that first goal to get the quick mo­men­tum against Penn Manor, the Dis­trict 3 run­ner-up, but once that goal didn’t come, the Pi­o­neers spent the ma­jor­ity of the game on their own end of the field.

“That was our mis­sion the whole year, the first two min­utes,” Smyth said. “We just couldn’t con­nect. They were able to cap­i­tal­ize on their op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

DeBer­dine’s goal got the Comets (24-2) a 1-0 lead with 15:19 in the first half. Harsh scored off a pass from Brooke DeBer­dine to make it 2-0 with 5:58 to play in the open­ing 30 min­utes.

Con­estoga goalie Ali Show­ers was able to keep the Pi­o­neers in the game with two saves against Emma DeBer­dine and Brooke DeBer­dine early in the sec­ond half.

“She led her de­fen­sive unit, and our de­fen­sive unit came up huge,” Smyth said. “The whole team from front to back were in it for the whole 60 min­utes. You can’t ask for more than that.”

Once Penn Manor started play­ing back, Con­estoga was able to get op­por­tu­ni­ties late, but couldn’t get the ball past Penn Manor goalie Brit Hook to gain some mo­men­tum back in their fa­vor.

The Pi­o­neers thought they got on the board on a blast from Kiely Allen with 11:51 to play, but Allen was ruled out of the cir­cle, keep­ing the game at 2-0.

Con­estoga had noth­ing to hang their heads over the quar­ter­fi­nal loss. The Pi­o­neers won their first Dis­trict 1 cham­pi­onship in school his­tory, while prov­ing they could com­pete against any of the top teams in the state.

“This team made it a lit­tle bit fur­ther than they did last year and that was the goal,” Smith said. “They’ll never for­get be­ing Dis­trict 1 cham­pi­ons for the first time and you can’t take that way from them. I think they know that.”

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