Allentown Central Catholic won its first victory in the post-season semifinals – The Morning Call
This thought briefly crossed the minds of senior Allentown Central Catholic Center goalkeeper Riley Peas during the Lacrosse semifinal break for girls 11th grade 2A on Monday at the Emmaus Memorial Field.
Peas recalled the defeat of the “Vikings” in the playoffs from “Sacon Valley” with a score of 13-10 last year.
“I remembered how we felt,” said Haroshka, “and I didn’t want us to feel that way again.”
This season Central Catholic was on a mission, and Vickets coach Taylor Holk accomplished it, defeating Saucon Valley 16-8.
The post-season victory was the first for the Central Catholic girls ’program. Earlier in the playoffs of the 11th district “Vickets” were 0-4.
Second-seeded Central Catholic (10-6) goes on to match No. 1 in Southern Lehigh (17-2) in the 2A championship showdown on Wednesday. Game time is set for 5pm at Lehigh University.
In the second semifinal on Monday at Memorial Field South Leahy defeated the Moravian Academy 18-6.
Central Catholic and Saucon Valley were closed in a close bout during the break when the Vickets favorite led the Panthers outsider 7-6. That number came as a surprise given that Central secured a win over the Saucon with 11 goals in the regular season.
“I think it was excitement in the first half,” said Goroshko. “Once we fixed them, we really got settled. We scored a couple in the second half, and the defense played perfectly. “
“Yeah, I think there were nerves,” admitted Holko in his second season as head coach. “We start five freshmen and play three sophomores. It took us a while to get settled. I felt our passes were cautious and our passes were slow in the first half. We worked great, gained momentum and played better in the second half. “
In the second 25 minutes, the central Catholic defeated Saucon Valley 9-2.
Junior Lauren Nelson, a № 1 team option in the offensive, played a great game for the Wickets. She scored eight goals in 11 attempts. Katie Sailer and Kate Raymond scored three goals each.
Peas, who plans to play at Temple College, has been credited with 20 saves.
Junior Sophie Engelhardt beat Panthers coach Helen Deegan (10-8) by three goals.
Holka said his players didn’t know it was the program’s first win in the postseason until the competition was over. Peas confirmed this.
“It’s huge,” Holko said. “I think my biggest memory will remain when I told the girls after they were happy to be a part of the story. It’s cool for them. “
“I forgot it was the first time,” Haroshka said. “I remember being told in freshman year, but then I forgot about it.”
In the second semifinal of the 2A, coach Kevin Kane’s team at Southern Lehigh started quickly and led 11-1 at the break, then reached their third triumph by charity this season over the Moravian Academy (6-11).
Sophomore Reese Mackintosh has continued her wonderful offensive season, scoring six goals to reach the 100-goal mark of the year. Now MacIntosh has 101 goals in 19 games. She added two assists.
Junior Olivia Huffler scored five goals in five throw attempts, while seniors Riley Mackintosh and Iris Gluck gave up four assists each.
On April 22, the Spartans won the previous match against the central Catholic team with a score of 12-11.
Pleasant Valley proved its victory over last year’s 11th District 3A champion Easton in the East Pennsylvania Conference semifinals, but not a one-off.
Coach Tony Bush’s Bears beat Easton 14-12 in the county semifinals on Monday at Al Erdos Stadium in Northampton and advanced to the first-ever district 11 finals in the program. at number 3 rose after several deficits in the second half.
The Bears (16-5) go on to play in Emmaus (18-3) for the Class 3A crown in the rematch of the EPC final. This showdown is scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday in Likha.
In the other semifinal on Monday in Northampton, “Emmaus” was knocked out with number 5 Parkland with a score of 20-4.
“Pleasant Valley” withstood the “Red Rovers and Bears”, coach Tony Bush said Easton was much more aggressive than in the playoffs.
“This game was funny; it was crazy, ”Bush said. “I can’t pay tribute to Istana. They beat us, and it was hard for us to fight their aggression. But we used it to our advantage. We were super collected and super clean. Victory is victory. “
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Alexander Bush played a great game for the bears. She finished with 13 draws, seven goals and assists. Senior Brielle McInau scored four goals, all scored from the penalty spot.
Sophomore Jocelyn Morgan led the Istana team under second seed coach Michelle Michalko (14-6) with five goals, and junior Reese Krieger added four results.
In the 3A Nightcap, Emmaus got his third win over rival Parkland this season and his second defeat of mercy in the postseason.
On May 10, in the semifinals of the EPC Green Hornets coach Roxanne Betz defeated Parkland 16-2.
Pleasant Valley then beat Emmaus 11-9 in the conference championship game on May 12th.
Michael Blues is a freelance writer.
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