■ Wyoming AREA Falls in overtime.
DANVILLE — Wyoming Area field hockey got a wakeup call within the first two minutes of its state quarterfinal.
Newport’s Amiyah Priebe found open space out to the right and slapped a hard shot into the far side of the cage, just 73 seconds after Saturday’s opening whistle. Any jitters that came with Wyoming Area’s first trip to the state’s Elite Eight disappeared from there, though, as the Warriors shut out Priebe and the Buffaloes for the remainder of regulation.
Newport also clamped down, though, and forced overtime in their PIAA Class A quarterfinal. Priebe ultimately scored again in the extra 7-on-7 period to lead Newport past Wyoming Area, 2-1, on a frigid and windy day at Danville High School.
“For a team that’s never left our district, we have nothing to be upset about,” Wyoming Area coach Erin Mcginley said. “Unfortunately, we had a slow start and that cost us in regular game play. But as soon as we got scored on, we became our normal-self team.”
Newport (17-6-1), District 3’s third-place team, will play its semifinal Tuesday against D3’s runner-up, Oley Valley.
It took an extra four minutes and 51 seconds to end a historic season for the Warriors (18-3-2). They fell in their District 2 final but still qualified for their first state tournament, and then won in Tuesday’s opening round.
“The best season in history for the team,” Mcginley said. “They did such a phenomenal job, day in and day out.
“We’re playing with such a small roster (17 players). … Yet we still compete with all of these bigger programs.”
If the pressure of the moment had anything to do with Priebe’s early goal, it didn’t stop Wyoming Area from responding quickly.
The Warriors nearly tied the game not even four minutes after falling behind. Kayla Kiwak drove past the last defender in her way and tried to work around the keeper; when she was denied, Toni Minichello crashed the cage, but sent a shot just wide.
Wyoming Area kept pushing and found the tying goal four minutes later on a penalty corner.
A long shot to start the corner bounced toward the crease, where Lauren Parente tried redirecting the ball only to get stopped by a kick save. Parente — the team’s leading scorer this year — stayed with it and converted a second-chance opportunity.
The Warriors got one more shot at the win in overtime, but Newport broke up the possession and got in transition. Rachel Bohn fed a ball through a recovering back line to Priebe for her gamewinner.
Mcginley praised her defense for holding its own up until that point.
“We’re super young. How many teams do you know about that, in an overtime, start three freshmen? That’s a big deal,” she said. “That’s something very positive for our team moving forward.”
It’s a positive for nearly all of her players.
Wyoming Area will lose two seniors from this year’s roster. The rest get a chance to write another chapter in Wyoming Area’s program history.
“It’s a painful loss; anything in the state tournament is painful,” Mcginley said. “But it’s something that you learn from. Their goal is to be back here next year.”
FIRST HALF: Amiyah Priebe (New) unassisted, 28:47; Lauren Parente (WA) unassisted, 21:29. OVERTIME: Priebe (New) from Rachel Bohn, 10:09.
SHOTS: New 6, WA 5. CORNERS: New 9, WA 6. SAVES: New (Allie Harris) 4, WA (Ellie Glatz) 4.