■ Wy­oming AREA Falls in over­time.

The Citizens' Voice - - SPORTS - BY ERIC SHULTZ STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: es­hultz@cit­i­zensvoice.com; 570-821-2054; @Cver­ic­shultz on Twit­ter.

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.

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