Lo­cal sides ready for state quar­ters

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - By Mike Cabrey mcabrey@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @mp­cabrey on Twit­ter

The Lans­dale Catholic girls soc­cer team looks to keep push­ing closer to a PIAA Class 2A cham­pi­onship. Sub­ur­ban One League Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence sides Pen­nridge and Soud­er­ton are aim­ing to do the same in Class 4A.

Lo­cal soc­cer, field hockey and girls vol­ley­ball teams still in the hunt for state gold get back in ac­tion Sat­ur­day with quar­ter­fi­nal con­test through­out the com­mon­wealth.

Lans­dale Catholic, still rid­ing high af­ter the pro­gram’s first-ever Philadel­phia Catholic League ti­tle, are back in the quar­ters for the first time since 2015 with the Dis­trict 12 champs head­ing to Man­heim Town­ship High School to face Dis­trict 4 run­ner-up Lewis­burg at 2 p.m.

The Cru­saders knocked out last year’s 2A fi­nal­ist St. Basil 1-0 in the first round Tues­day at Hat­boro-Hor­sham, Kel­lie Gillen pro­vid­ing the game-win­ner goal in the sec­ond half.

Lewis­burg, which fell to Midd West in the Dis­trict 4 ti­tle game, re­bounded by edg­ing Dis­trict 3 champ ELCO in 4-2 in penalty kicks af­ter the teams played to a score­less draw.

In Class 4A, Pen­nridge (19-3-1 is back in the state quar­ters for the sec­ond time in three sea­sons and is out to reach the semis for the first time since 2011 when the Rams face Dis­trict 11 champ Park­land 1 p.m. at Up­per Perkiomen High School.

Pen­nridge has won two straight since fall­ing to Cones-

toga in the Dis­trict 1 semis — top­ping Pen­ncrest 3-0 for third place last Fri­day then col­lect­ing a sea­son-high in goals in rout­ing Dis­trict 12 champ Cen­tral 8-0 Tues­day at North­east High School.

Liv Low­ery and Leah Melone both scored twice in the first-round vic­tory as the Rams have shown plenty of at­tack­ing punch this sea­son — scor­ing at least two goals in 17 of its 23 matches in 2018.

Park­land, which won its fourth straight Dis­trict 11 ti­tle, is also in the state quar­ters for the sec­ond time in three years af­ter best­ing Dis­trict 1’s fifth­place fin­isher Down­ing­town East 2-0 on goals by Ava Schaller and Zoe Schut­ter.

Soud­er­ton takes the long trip out to Cham­bers­burg High School for its 1 p.m. quar­ter­fi­nal con­test with Dis­trict 7 champ Seneca Val­ley. The In­di­ans (14-3-6), who fin­ished sec­ond in Dis­trict 1 to Con­estoga, reg­is­tered more than one goal for the first time this post­sea­son in the open­ing round, Big Red blank­ing Dis­trict 11 run­ner-up Eas­ton 2-0 thanks to a brace from Han­nah Alder­fer.

Seneca Val­ley reached the quar­ter for the first time since 2014 by tak­ing penalty kicks 3-2 over Cen­tral Dauphin af­ter team played to a 1-1 tie.

Girls Vol­ley­ball

Class 4A (1-3) UP­PER MERION VS. (111)

PARK­LAND, 5 P.M. UP­PER DUBLIN >> Up­per Merion’s last two trips to the PIAA in 2014 and 2017 ended in first-round losses to Ex­eter Town­ship. But this year, the Vik­ings (25-1) fi­nally got past the Ea­gles, top­ping the Dis­trict 11 run­ner-ups 3-1 (25-23, 2510, 23-25, 25-23).

Tori Wright put down 23 kills, Kelly Moore col­lected 40 as­sists and 12 digs while Emily Gal­lagher made 16 digs as PAC champ UM ad­vanced to the state quar­ter­fi­nals for the first time since 2013. The Vik­ings’ last semi­fi­nal ap­pear­ance against Park­land 2012, with the Tro­jans ad­vance to the state fi­nal.

Park­land, which is Dis­trict 11 champ for the five straight sea­son, opened states with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-20) win over South West­ern. The Tro­jans are aim­ing to reach their fifth con­sec­u­tive PIAA semi­fi­nal, a run that in­cludes back-to-back 3A state ti­tles in 2014 and 2015. Class 3A (1-2) POPE JOHN PAUL II VS. (3-1) WEST YORK, 3 P.M., GOV.

MIF­FLIN IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE SCHOOL >> Pope John Paul II heads out to Shilling­ton for to face the Dis­trict 3 champ Bull­dogs in the state quar­ters for a sec­ond straight year. West York took last sea­son’s match in four sets (25-19, 25-16,19-25, 25-19).

PJP bounced back from a 3-0 loss to Villa Maria in the Dis­trict 1 fi­nal last Thurs­day to sweep Car­di­nal O’Hara 29-27, 2522, 25-20 in their PIAA opener Tues­day. Sarah Ward had 10 kills against the Dis­trict 12 champ Li­ons while Chelsea Har­vey dished out 23 as­sists.

West York be­gan states with lit­tle trou­ble against Greater Nan­ti­coke, sweep­ing the Dis­trict 2 champ 25-12, 25-16, 25-16.

Field Hockey

Class 3A (1-3) METHAC­TON VS. (31) LOWER DAUPHIN, 4 P.M.,

EX­ETER TOWN­SHIP HS >> Methac­ton earned its first PIAA ap­pear­ance since 1996 with its run to the Dis­trict 1-3A semis and the War­riors picked up its first state vic­tory since that sea­son with a 3-0 vic­tory over Dis­trict 2 champ Delaware Val­ley Tues­day. All three goals came in the sec­ond half — Saint Joseph’s com­mit Katy Ben­ton scor­ing twice with Tem­ple-bound Frankie Luc­ch­esi adding an­other.

Lower Dauphin won its first Dis­trict 3 ti­tle since 2014 with the Fal­cons ad­vanc­ing to the PIAA quar­ters for the eighth con­sec­u­tive sea­son with a 2-0 win over Soud­er­ton Tues­day with goals com­ing from Michi­gan State com­mit ju­nior Emma O’Neill and Au­drey Do­movich, who is head­ing to Wil­liam & Mary next fall.

(1-2) PERK VAL­LEY VS. (33)

WIL­SON, 2 P.M., EX­ETER TOWN­SHIP HS >> Perk Val­ley ral­lied Tues­day to reach the state quar­ter­fi­nals for the firs time since 1997, as goals by Gabby Martina and Katie Wuer­s­tle erased Dis­trict 11 run­ner-up Eas­ton’s 2-1 lead and gave the Vik­ings the 3-2 vic­tory. Perk Val­ley en­ters the game 23-3 with its only two losses com­ing to Owen J. Roberts in the PAC and Dis­trict 1-3A fi­nals.

Wil­son rolled into the quar­ters with an 8-0 vic­tory over Dis­trict 7 champ Peters Town­ship Tues­day. Class 2A

(12-1) ARCH­BISHOP CAR­ROLL

VS. (3-1) DONEGAL, 2 P.M. TWIN VAL­LEY >> The Pa­tri­ots, back in states for the first time since 2015 made it to the quar­ters for the first time since that sea­son by edg­ing Dis­trict 1 run­ner-up Merion Mercy 3-2 Wed­nes­day. All five goals in the game were scored in the sec­ond half, Alex Al­monte, Car­leigh Con­nors and Keri Daly each scor­ing a goal to send the Pa­tri­ots to the quar­ters.

Donegal, the Dis­trict 3 champ for a fifth straight sea­son, be­gan states with a 1-0 win over Gwynedd Mercy Tues­day. The In­di­ans are look­ing to reach the PIAA semi­fi­nals for a fourth year in a row.

Boys Soc­cer

Class 1A (1-1) FAITH CHRIS­TIAN VS. (31)

CAMP HILL, 3 P.M. TULPEHOCKEN HS >> The two dis­trict champs are meet­ing in the state Class 1A play­offs for the third straight year with Camp Hill tak­ing the pre­vi­ous two meet­ings (2016 first round, 2017 quar­ter­fi­nals) by 1-0 scores en route to the Li­ons win­ning back-to-back PIAA cham­pi­onships.

Both teams be­gan state play with con­vinc­ing vic­to­ries Tues­day. Korey Schus­ter and Wil­liam Bolla each scored twice as Faith rolled past Dis­trict 1 champ Devon Prep 5-1. Dy­lan Mayanja col­lected a hat trick as Camp Hill blanked Dis­trict 4 run­nerup Sul­li­van County 4-0.

JAMES BEAVER/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Lans­dale Catholic play­ers cel­e­brate their 1-0 vic­tory over St. Basil in the PIAA Class 2A first round Tues­day night. LC faces Lewis­burg in the quar­ter­fi­nals Sat­ur­day.

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