Gov. Mif­flin, Berks Catholic shore up ti­tles

Gov. Mif­flin reaches District 3-4A ti­tle game, falls 3-2 to Con­estoga Val­ley

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeff De­wees For Digital First Me­dia

HER­SHEY » The road trav­eled by Gover­nor Mif­flin was its own re­ward.

The Mus­tangs fell one vic­tory shy of cor­ralling a se­cond District 3 cham­pi­onship in five sea­sons Satur­day night by a 3-2 count to Con­estoga Val­ley in the District 3 4A ti­tle match, held at Her­shey­park Sta­dium.

The se­cond-seeded Buck­skins needed a 77th minute goal by Emily Clap­per to re­pel the Mus­tangs, who had pot­ted two fren­zied late se­cond-half mark­ers to re­ject a 2-0 deficit. Sopho­more Kiery Spatz scored both Mif­flin goals in an 11:11 span down the stretch.

Truth is, no one – ex­cept the Mus­tangs them­selves – thought they would even be here. Mif­flin had been play­ing with house money for a week fol­low­ing its stun­ning over­time win against topseeded Cum­ber­land Val­ley last Satur­day night, down the road at Her­shey High School.

Mus­tangs head coach Ed Deren was cog­nizant of all of it.

“It’s been a mag­i­cal sea­son, know­ing that even when we were down, the girls weren’t out,” Deren said, “and that we were go­ing to keep bat­tling to the last minute. They proved that tonight. There’s a lot of tears out here be­cause that means a lot to them. They cher­ished the op­por­tu­nity of be­ing out here. Sure, we’re walk­ing away with a loss in the game, but it doesn’t take away from what we’ve done to get to this point.

“I think about it of­ten. I think about the mem­o­ries these girls have cre­ated for them­selves and this team and that they’re go­ing to be able to take with them for a life­time.”

Mif­flin’s sea­son is not over, of course. By virtue of its semi­fi­nal tri­umph over Man­heim Town­ship last Tues­day, the Mus­tangs (186-1) punched their ticket to PIAA tour­na­ment. States be­gin on Tues­day.

“We just have to re­group and get ready for states,” Deren said.

It was an odd gold medal en­counter with the Buck­skins (21-2-1), Mif­flin’s se­cond of the cam­paign (CV, 1-0 in OT, on Sept. 30). Con­estoga Val­ley car­ried play from roughly the mid­way point of the first half through a sim­i­lar junc­ture in the se­cond 40.

The Buck­skins were un­able to have a sus­tained high qual­ity of play pay off be­fore the break. Mif­flin’s mids and back lin­ers clogged the field down the mid­dle.

CV coun­tered that tac­tic by shift­ing wide and fi­nally found the back of the net early in the se­cond half. Alexis Spencer took con­trol of a loose ball near the edge of the box, en­tered by Adalee Broad­bent’s free kick, and fired a shot to the

up­per right hand cor­ner past Mif­flin keeper Kate­lyn Dreibel­bis at 44:44.

Broad­bent, pos­ses­sor of a po­tent foot, dou­bled that ad­van­tage at 52:50 with an arc­ing 47-yard boot that just clipped the top of Dreibel­bis’ hand on the save at­tempt. With a 2-0 edge in pocket, CV looked to be on its way.

But just 12 sec­onds af­ter the restart, Spatz sent a shot from about 10 yards out, from the right side edge of the box, and beat CV goalie Lau­ren Yoder to shave the lead in half.

Then, with 15:47 to play, Spatz was in a for­tu­itous po­si­tion while Yoder and one of her cen­tral de­fend­ers played “I got it, you take it” in their de­fen­sive box.

Yoder dove at the last in­stant to try to cover up but never fully pos­sessed the ball. Spatz jumped at the loose

ball and banged it home from point­blank range, high into the net­ting, to knot the con­test at 2.

“I knew we needed to get an­other one,” Mif­flin’s sopho­more winger said. “As soon as they weren’t go­ing for (the ball), I was. It went be­tween (Yoder’s) legs.”

But Clap­per ended it with a run that be­gan near the 30-yard marker. She weaved from right to left, alone, and slot­ted the medal-win­ner – CV’s first in pro­gram his­tory – past Dreibel­bis into the lower left cor­ner of the goal.

District 3 4A cham­pi­onship at Her­shey­park Sta­dium Con­estoga Val­ley 3, Gover­nor Mif­flin 2 CV - Alexis Spencer, 44:44 CV - Adalee Broad­bent, 52:50 GM - Kiery Spatz, 53:02 GM - Spatz, 64:13 CV - Emily Clap­per, 76:34 Shots on goal GM4,CV9 Cor­ners GM6,CV1 Saves GM (Kate­lyn Dreibel­bis) 6, CV (Lau­ren Yoder) 2 Half: No score

KIRK NEIDERMYER - FOR DFM

Gover­nor Mif­flin’s Kiery Spatz, pic­tured against Wil­son dur­ing the BCIAA fi­nal on Oct. 19, scored two goals in the District 3-4A ti­tle against Con­estoga Val­ley on Nov. 2.

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