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pos­ses­sion is key,” Ply­mouth Whitemarsh coach Ellen Reilly said. “No mat­ter what we tried to do we couldn’t get it and we talked about it, like let’s switch up a cou­ple peo­ple, who wants it. And you want your best play­ers who are ag­gres­sive. Didn’t hap­pen for us, they were more ag­gres­sive.”

Olivia DiGior­gio scored a game-high five goals — com­plet­ing the hat trick at the buzzer in the sec­ond half — while Emily Feeney, Corinne Bed­narik and Tabitha Ro­driguez each found the back of the net twice for the Whip­pets (15-5), who ad­vance to the dis­trict quar­ter­fi­nals for the first time since 2008 to face ei­ther No. 3 Unionville or No. 14 West Ch­ester Hen­der­son Satur­day.

“So ex­cited. If we have to play Unionville I can’t wait be­cause I know we only lost by two and we could have won that game 100 per­cent,” Mot­tice said. “It gets me ready and pumped to play them. An­other ri­val from the Chest-Monts.”

Mot­tice, who has ver­bally com­mit­ted to Cincin­nati, recorded her 200th ca­reer point when she put the Whip­pets ahead for good with her goal on a eight-me­ter sot to make it 7-6 West with 15:30 left in the sec­ond half.

“It felt awe­some, cause I know if I didn’t get it to­day if I would of had an­other chance to, but it was great,” Mot­tice said.”

Fresh­man Macken­zie Leszczyn­ski and se­nior So­phie Kolkka both scored twice for Ply­mouth Whitemarsh, the Sub­ur­ban One League Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence champs fin­ish­ing their sea­son at 14-5.

“We came all this way, we wanted to go far in play­offs but def­i­nitely sucks to end this way,” said Kolkka, a Saint Joseph’s com­mit. “Ev­ery sea­son has to come to an end even­tu­ally but just sucks have to end on this note.”

The Colo­nials twice held one-goal leads in the first half but went into half­time tied 4-4 with the Whip­pets when Bed­narik struck on an eight-me­ter shot with 39 sec­onds re­main­ing be­fore in­ter­mis­sion.

“That was a to­tal game changer,” said Mot­tice of Bed­narik’s goal. “We were feel­ing that it was tied and we could do the sec­ond half. It was good to have a clean slate at half­time.”

Victoria Bet­terly put PW back ahead 5-4 at 22:39 in the sec­ond half but Feeney an­swered with an goal on an eight-me­ter shot at 20:38. Ro­driguez then gave the Whip­pets their first lead since 2-1 when she scored off an as­sist from Bed­narik at 19;36.

Leszczyn­ski found Raquel Baskin to knot things at 6-6 at 17:50 but Mot­tice pro­vided the go-ahead tally 2:20 later on an eight­minute shot.

“I knew I had to make it,” Mot­tice said. “I just knew it had to be in. No other choice.”

The Whip­pets ex­tended the lead to 8-6 at 9:30 on tran­si­tion — DiGior­gio scor­ing off a Mot­tice as­sist. Ro­driguez made it a three-goal game with her eight-minute shot with 4:35 left.

“This hurts and I said that to them like this hurts be­cause I ex­pected not to be say­ing it to­day,” Reilly said. “I know they’re hurt­ing to but you take from this you got to come out ready to go ev­ery sin­gle sec­ond. And that’s what I said to the younger kids — what are you go­ing to take out of this loss? It sucks to­day, to make it count for next year, what are you got to do? You got to work harder.”

Down­ing­town West held a 2-0 lead at 19:39 in the first half after goals from Feeney and DiGior­gio but the Colo­nials scored the next three — two from Leszczyn­ski — to go up 3-2 at the 12:38 mark.

“Told them to calm down and when we had to ball be smart with it,” Reilly said. “We’re good on at­tack. They have to be­lieve that and set­tle them­selves down. And got to have the girls that are our go-to peo­ple step up and want it and make it count. I mean, to­tally they out hus­tled us, they were more ag­gres­sive, they got the pos­ses­sion and they made it count.”

Bed­narik tied it 3-3 at 7:31. Kolkka’s sec­ond goal at 3:53 made it 4-3 Colo­nials but PW could not get out of half with the lead due to Bed­narik’s strike on an eight-me­ter shot in the fi­nal minute.

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