Conrad Weiser vs Villa Joseph Marie
at William Tennent HS in Warminster 6PM
Finished third in the District 3 AAA tournament, defeating Solanco 1-0 in the third place game. Journee Haynes scored the only goal of the game, off an assist from Aliyah Serrano. The Scouts defense held Solanco without a shot in the game. Have only allowed 20 goals in 23 games. Enter the state tournament with a record of 19-4. First trip to states since 2014.
11-time state champions, entering this year’s tournament with a record of 18-2-1. Champions of District 1 for the 10th consecutive season, defeating Strath Haven 5-0 in the title game. Defending state champions, defeated Blue Mountain 1-0 in Hershey in the title game. Reached the state championship game in each of the last three seasons.
Wilson vs Pennridge
Tuesday, 5:30 PM at Souderton
Finished third in District 3, defeating Ephrata 2-1 in the consolation game. Keira Levengood and Emily Magalotti provided the Bulldog goals in the victory, which was number 300 in the career of coach Tim Fick. Bulldog defense is only allowing 1 goal a game, allowing 25 in 25 contests. Carry an overall record of 20-5 into the state tournament. Balanced scoring attack, with 13 different girls scoring at least one goal on the season, and 6 with 5 or more.
The Lady Rams
Champions of District 1, defeated Boyertown 1-0 in the title game. Assisted by Grace Myers, Leah Malone scored the only goal the Rams would need in that match, as the defense and GK Meghan Kriney did the rest. Reached the state championship game last season, falling to Souderton in overtime. Midfield is led by St Joseph’s bound senior Maddie Anderson. Defense of Zoe Sabol, Lauren McIntyre, Kara Dam and Maddie Angelo only allowed 1 goal in run through District 1 playoffs.
AAAA Third Place Game
4) Ephrata at (3) Wilson
Saturday, 2:00 PM at Wilson
Champions of Section 2 of the Lancaster-Lebanon league, carrying a record of 20-2-2 into this contest. Won the LL championship, defeating Manheim Central 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by senior midfielder Abbie Wiest, off an assist from Claire Schwartz. Goalkeeper Jocelyn Umana made 4 saves in the shutout. She sports a season goals against average well below 1. Fell to Cumberland Valley 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals. Regan McCarty scored the lone Ephrata goal, and Umana recorded 10 saves in a losing effort. Own wins over two Berks 1 teams, Muhlenberg and Exeter.
Champions of both Berks 1 and the Berks League, carrying a record of 19-5 into the contest. Fell to Hempfield 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals. Natalee Vicari provided the lone goal for the Bulldogs, with her third of the postseason. Alexis Solt made 4 saves to keep Wilson in the game. Defeated Ephrata 1-0 in the season opener on August 30. All State pick Jailene DeJesus scored the only goal of the game, a contest where the Bulldogs owned a 9-5 advantage in shots on goal.
AAA Third Place Game
(16) Solanco vs. (2) Conrad Weiser
Saturday, 12:00 at Tulpehocken
The Golden Mules
The Cinderella story of the tournament, appearing in districts for the first time and advancing to the semifinals with a record of 14-5-2. Fell 2-0 in the semifinals to eventual district champion Manheim Central. Goalkeeper Gabi Dolan has been the centerpiece of the Mules run, making 9 saves in their quarterfinal win over Fleetwood and 12 in the first round upset of Lower Dauphin. Defensive-minded team is a game away from states despite only scoring one goal in 270 minutes of playoff competition.
Already celebrating their deepest playoff run since 2014, carrying a record of 18-4 into this state qualifying game. Fell to Mechanicsburg 3-0 the semifinals. That loss was only the third time in 22 games this year that the Scouts were kept off the scoreboard. Defense, led by All County D Natalie McFadden, have allowed less than a goal per game, only surrendering 20 in 22 contests. All State F Grace George leads all scorers in Berks with 32 goals on the season.
3) Wilson vs (2) Hempfield
Tuesday, 7:00 PM at Hempfield
Advanced to the semifinals with a win in penalty kicks over Central York, improving their overall record to 19-4. Elizabeth Estrada scored the lone goal, bending in a corner kick late in regulation. In PK’s, Estrada, Natalee Vicari, and Kayla Pennington converted their chances, while Alexis Solt stopped three of the five kicks she faced. Jailene DeJesus leads the Bulldogs with 3 postseason goals, followed by Estrada with 2. Defense has only allowed 2 goals in over 430 minutes of postseason play.
The Black Knights
Advanced to the semifinals with a penalty kick victory over Manheim Township. Outlasted the Blue Streaks 4-3 in penalties after playing to a 1-1 tie through regulation and 30 minutes of extra time. Anika Haski provided the lone Hempfield goal, with an unassisted tally in the first half. Champions of Section 1 of the Lancaster-Lebanon league with an overall record of 14-3-1. Defeated Wilson 2-0 at Hempfield on September 14. Also own 2 victories over Governor Mifflin, including in the opening round of districts.
(2) Conrad Weiser vs (3) Mechanicsburg
Monday, 6:30 PM at Tulpehocken
One of two Berks teams remaining in districts. Advanced to semifinals with a 2-1 win over Twin Valley, which improved their overall record to 18-3. All County F Grace George scored her fourth goal of districts, with Aliyah Serrano adding her second. Sarah Maurer added an assist for the Scouts, and K Caitlin Williams stopped 3 shots to preserve the victory. With a win, Scouts would advance to first District final since 2014.
Advanced to the semifinals with a 4-1 win over Gettysburg. Halle Engle led the way for the Wildcats with 2 goals and an assist. Lily Eckroth and Elena Hinkson also contributed goals to round out the scoring. Hinkson led the way with 3 goals in the first round, and Engle, Molly Kleinert, and Jenna Skurcenski each added goals as Mechanicsburg downed Lampeter-Strasburg 6-0. Looking for consecutive appearances in the District finals.
Wilson advances with a win in penalty kicks.
Boiling Springs 4 Wyomissing 1
(6) Central York vs (3) Wilson
Saturday, 4:00 PM at Wilson
Champions of section 1 in the YAIAA, carrying a 16-3-1 record into this matchup. Won the YAIAA title by downing Gettysburg in the championship match on the strength of goals by Anya Schnetzka and Ava Myers. Advanced to quarterfinals by avenging an earlier loss to Dallastown with a 3-0 victory. Experienced team, featuring 8 seniors, most of whom are major contributors.
Defeated Northeastern 3-0 in the opening round to improve to 18-4. Emily Magalotti, Jailene DeJesus and Keira Levengood each provided a goal and the defense led by All-County D Kayla Pennington, All-Division D Katie Fry, and GK Alexis Solt shut down the Northeastern attack. Carrying a shutout streak of over 250 minutes into the quarterfinals. Winners of 12 of last 13 games.
(7) Wyomissing vs (2) Boiling Springs
7pm at Boiling Springs
Advanced to the second round with a 3-1 victory over Northern Lebanon. Cadi Hoke led the Spartans in scoring with a goal and an assist. Hannah Hurleman and Molly Kuhn each chipped in with a goal apiece and Isabel Marshal and Maya Abousaab each had an assist in the win. Only recorded 1 loss in past 15 games. Deepest postseason run since appearing in the 2014 A quarterfinals.
Perennial AA contender, with 3 straight championship game appearances. Won the championship in 2017. Champions of the Colonial division of the Mid Penn Conference with a record of 14-3. Captured the division with an overtime win over Northern York. Jocelynne Kuhns scored the game-winner on a penalty kick. Goalkeeper Bekah Becker, a 3 -year starter, leads a stout Bubblers defense which has posted 4 consecutive shutouts.
(16) Solanco vs (9) Fleetwood
Thursday 7:00 at Fleetwood
Overall record of 13-4-2, which is the most wins in program history. Finished third in section 3 of the Lancaster Lebanon league. Did not qualify for LL playoffs. Upset the top seed in AAA, Lower Dauphin, in round 1 by a score of 1-0 on a goal by Samantha Jackson. Goalkeeper Gabrielle Dolan made 12 saves, including 4 in the final 9 minutes, to preserve the shutout. This is the first trip to district playoffs in the history of the program.
Improved overall record to 14-6-1 with a 1-0 win over Northern York in the first round. Leilah Sallee provided the only goal the Tigers would need, with her 8th goal of the season early in the second half. Goalkeeper Makayla Calamita recorded 11 saves as she combined with the Tigers defense to post their 7th shutout of 2019. Fell to Mechanicsburg in the quarterfinals last season. Hoping for first semifinal trip since winning the district title in 2018.
(10) Twin Valley vs (2) Conrad Weiser
Thursday, 6:30 PM at Tulpehocken
Upset seventh-seeded Susquehannock 3-1 in the first round, scoring 3 second half goals to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit. Carry a record of 10-8-2 into this rematch of the Berks league quarterfinals, where the Raiders fell 6-1. Olivia Klein scored the lone Raiders goal, and Isabella McCooey recorded 5 saves. Raiders also lost a regular season contest to Weiser, 4-2. Klein and Tara Orlando were the goal scorers that day, and McCooey posted 15 saves. Win on Monday was the first district win for the program this decade.
First round 4-0 victory over York Suburban improved record to 17-3. Grace George scored 3 goals in the game, raising her total to 31 on the season. Aliyah Serrano scored the other goal, and Anna Dalesandro recorded an assist. The Scouts defense limited Suburban to 2 shots on goal. Already own 2 wins this year over Twin Valley. George scored 4 goals in those games, including 3 in the Scouts 6-1 win in the playoffs. Looking for first semifinal trip since 2014, when they defeated Fleetwood in the quarterfinals 2-1.
Wyomissing 3 Northern Lebanon 1
Goals: Cadi Hoke, Hannah Hurleman, Molly Kuhn
Assists: Cadie Hoke, Isabel Marshall, Maya Abousaab
Shots: Wyomissing 10 Northern Lebanon 5
Saves: Vicky Heliodoro 4
Wilson 3 Northeastern 0
Goals: Emily Magalotti, Jailene DeJesus, Keira Levengood
Shots: Wilson 10 Northeastern 2
Saves: Alexis Solt 2
Hempfield 1 Governor Mifflin 0
Littlestown 0 Tulpehocken 0
Littlestown wins 4-3 in penalty kicks.
(3) Wilson vs (14) Northeastern
Tuesday, 5:00 PM at Wilson
Berks 1 and Berks League champions. Finished the regular season with a record of 14-4. Defeated Fleetwood 2-0 to win county title. Balanced scoring attack led by Natalee Vicari (14 goals and 2 assists), Jailene DeJesus (8 goals and 8 assists), Elizabeth Estrada (7 goals and 6 assists) and Alison Berkel (6 goals). Stout defensive unit of Kayla Pennington, Katie Fry, Nicole Kutz, and Kelsey Moschak, along with keeper Alexis Solt that only allows an average of 1 goal a game. Defeated Northeastern in the first round last year en route to the semifinals.
Finished second in division 1 of the YAIAA, going 12-5-1 overall. Advanced to the YAIAA semifinals, defeating Biglerville before falling to Gettysburg. Second straight trip to the playoffs as a 14 seed to face the Bulldogs. Fell to Wilson 4-1 in the opening round of districts last season.
(15) Governor Mifflin vs (2) Hempfield
at Hempfield 7PM
Finished second in Berks 1, with an overall record of 10-8. Advanced to the semifinals of the county playoffs, where they fell to Wilson 1-0 in overtime. Leading scorer Kierstin Spatz provided 12 goals and tied for the county lead with 12 assists. Adriana Lepara (8 goals), Olivia Conover (7), and Zoe Perella (6), all provide goal scoring, while Olivia Swartz tallied 5 assists on the season. Defensive unit led by Stella Mollica and Reagan Simock and K Katelyn Dreibelbis notched 10 shutouts between regular season and playoffs. Fell in double overtime to Exeter last year in opening round of districts.
The Black Knights
Champions of Section 1 of the Lancaster Lebanon league, with an overall record of 12-3-1. Fell to Cocalico in PKs in the first round of the LL playoffs. Squared off against Berks league competition twice this fall, defeating Wilson 2-0 and scoring a 5-2 win over Governor Mifflin. Qualified for districts every year of this decade. Defeated Conestoga Valley in the opening round of districts last season.
(9) Tulpehocken at (8) Littlestown
Tuesday, 6:00 PM at Littlestown
Berks 3 champions, finished the regular season with an overall record of 11-5-2. Qualified for the BCIAA playoffs, falling to Fleetwood in the opening round. Leading scorer Ava Ahner tallied 18 goals on the year, third most in Berks. Other top scorers include Jocelynn Phillips (8 goals, 5 assists), Alyssa Boyer (5/1), Megan Eberly (3/5), Mackenzi Sowers (4/2), and Faith Forry (3/3). Solid defense of Jessie Torres, Ella Ahner, Sydney Zellers, Kira Adams and Cami Warren, backed by keeper Abby Becker, has posted 9 shutouts this season. First trip to districts since making the class A semifinals in 2016
Finished third in Division 3 of the YAIAA with an overall record of 13-5. Did not qualify for the YAIAA playoffs. Entering district play on a hot streak, winning 5 of last 6 games. Making second straight trip to District playoffs, falling last year to Trinity in the quarterfinals.
(10) Northern Lebanon vs (7) Wyomissing
Tuesday, 4:00 PM at Wyomissing
Finished third in section 4 of the Lancaster Lebanon league with an overall record of 11-7. Did not qualify for the LL playoffs. Played 4 Berks County schools in non- league play, defeating Muhlenberg 9-0 and Kutztown 3-2, and falling to Conrad Weiser 5-0 and Schuylkill Valley 7-0. First trip to districts this decade.
Finished second in Berks 3 with an overall record of 13-4-1. Qualified for Berks playoffs, pushing eventual county champion Wilson to overtime before falling 2-1. Led Berks in both goals scored (79) and goal differential (+55) this season. Feature Berks second leading scorer, Hannah Hurleman (21 goals and 10 assists), and 5 other players with over 20 points, Isabel Marshall (13 goals, 3 assists), Cadi Hoke (7 goals, 10 assists), Jenna Abousaab (8 goals, 8 assists), Rebecca Kotula (9 goals, 6 assists), and Molly Kuhn (8 goals, 5 assists). Lost to Pequea Valley in the opening round of districts last season.
Conrad Weiser 4 York Suburban
Goals: Grace George 3, Aliyah Serrano
Assists: Anna Dalesandro
Shots: Conrad Weiser 11 York Suburban 2
Saves: Caitlin Williams 2
Fleetwood 1 Northern York 0
Goal: Leilah Sallee
Shots: Northern York 11 Fleetwood 8
Saves: Makayla Calamita 11
Twin Valley 3 Susquehannock 1
Cocalico 2 Berks Catholic 0
(2) Conrad Weiser vs (15) York Suburban
Monday, 7:00 PM at Tulpehocken
Champions of Berks 2, with a 15-2 record in the regular season. Feature the leading scorer in Berks County, F Grace George (28 goals). Other top goal scorers include Journee Haynes (7), Natalia Moll, Sarah Frasch and Anna Dalesandro (4 each). Natalie McFadden leads a solid defense in front of keeper Caitlin Williams. Reached the Berks league semifinals. Advanced to quarterfinals in district play last season.
Went 12-6 overall, en route to earning the 8 seed in the YAIAA playoffs. Lost 5-0 in the opening round of those playoffs, falling to the eventual champion, Central York. Making second straight trip to districts. Qualified for districts last year, falling 4-0 in the opening round to Fleetwood.
(5) Berks Catholic vs (12) Cocalico
Monday, 6:00 PM at Forino Sports Complex
Finished second in Berks 2, going 13-3-1 in the regular season before falling to Governor Mifflin in the first round of the county playoffs. Led in scoring by Zariya Holt (11 goals and 11 assists) and Gabriella Kurtas (11/7). Other multi-goal scorers include Alyssa Fontana (8), Paige Reali (6), Sarah Painton (4), Victoria Reali (3), and Najah Perez (3). Perez also a key part of the defense in front of keeper Bella Pichardo. Defeated Kennard-Dale in the opening round last year en route to the semifinals.
Qualified for the Lancaster Lebanon playoffs after going 10-5-2 in the regular season. Defeated Hempfield in PKs in the first round of the LL playoffs, thanks in part to a stellar performance in goal by K Adrienne McGallicher, before falling to Manheim Central in Round 2. Qualified for Districts last season, falling 3-0 to Manheim Central in Round 1.
(8) Northern York vs. (9) Fleetwood
Monday, 5:00 PM at Northern York
The Polar Bears
Finished second in the Mid Penn Conference Colonial Division, behind Boiling Springs, going 12-6 overall. Did not qualify for the MPC playoffs. Advanced to the district quarterfinals last season, defeating East Pennsboro 2-1 in double overtime in the opening round. 2013 AA champions, have qualified for districts last 8 seasons.
Finished third in Berks 2, going 11-5-1 in the regular season. Advanced to the Berks league championship, falling to Wilson in the final after beating Tulpehocken and Conrad Weiser. Leading scorer Adalia Hercules scored 13 goals on the season, followed by Faith Herndon with 8 and Leilah Sallee, who has now returned from injury, with 7. Defense, led by MF Sydney Levan and defenders Madison Stump and Mikayla Moats, in front of K Makayla Calamita, posted 6 shutouts on the season. Advanced to quarterfinals last season.
(7) Susquehannock vs (10) Twin Valley
Monday, 5:30 PM at Susquehannock
Finished second in Division 2 of the YAIAA, with an overall record of 9-4-2. Lost to Fairfield, 4-2, in the opening round of the YAIAA playoffs. Lost 3-2 to Lampeter Strasburg in double overtime in the first round of the 2018 district playoffs. Return 10 of 11 starters from last season, including 5 who were either on the YAIAA first or second teams. Coach Phomma Phanhthy is a former state championship winning coach at Fairfield.
Finished third in Berks 1, going 9-7-2 in the regular season. Fell 6-1 to Conrad Weiser in the opening round of the county playoffs. Led in scoring by Rachel MacNamee (13 goals and 7 assists), followed by Annabella Acinapura (9/4), Olivia Kline (7/2), and Aiyanna Leslie (4/1). Goalkeeper Isabella McCooey posted shutouts in 7 of the Raiders 9 wins. Returning to District playoffs after missing out last season.
Congratulations to the Wilson Bulldogs for their repeat county title. Senior Alison Berkel scored the first goal off an assist from Jailene DeJesus with 28:36 remaining in the half. Natalee Vicari scored in the second half, off an assist from Lexi Burnham. Wilson out-shot Fleetwood 11-3. Fleetwood keeper Makayla Calamita had 9 saves for the Tigers. Both teams will move on to district play this week.
A rematch a year in the making, Fleetwood and Wilson square off in the sequel to last season's classic, won by the Bulldogs in penalty kicks.
The Bulldogs (16-4)
Champions of Berks 1, going 9-1 in league play. Advanced to the finals by beating a Governor Mifflin 1-0 in overtime in the semifinals. Elizabeth Estrada scored the lone goal, assisted by Brianna Depro. Alexis Solt made 5 saves in goal to preserve the shutout. Both wins in the playoffs are of the overtime variety, as the Bulldogs beat Wyomissing 2-1 in the first round. This is Wilson’s 8th appearance in the finals in the last 9 years. Looking for their ____ overall county title.
The Tigers (13-5-1)
Finished third in Berks 2, going 6-3-1. Rallied to beat Conrad’s Weiser 2-1 in the semifinals, getting goals from Adalia and Chanel Hercules. Tigers D, led by K Makayla Calamita, has only allowed 1 goal in 160 minutes of playoff action. Second leading scorer Leilah Sallee made her return from an injury suffered in the regular season during the semifinals. Looking for first county title since 2016 and their fifth overall.
Fleetwood is headed back to the county title game, which was hard to imagine just a few weeks ago. On Tuesday night, the Tigers came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit, and controlled the second half against their rival and Berks 2 champ Conrad Weiser. The victory happened in large part due to the sister act of Adalia and Chanel Hercules. Both scored in the second half, to lead Fleetwood to a rematch with Wilson on Thursday at 7:30 at Exeter High School.
In the first half on Tuesday, Conrad Weiser controlled much of the play. It didn’t translate to many shots on goal but they pressured Fleetwood and had some opportunities. With about 14 minutes to play in the first half, county leading scorer Grace George made an excellent move in the left side of the penalty box and finished far post to get the Scouts on the board. Fleetwood was in trouble, and Conrad Weiser continued putting on pressure the remainder of the half.
However, after halftime, something changed. Fleetwood came out strong and took control of the half almost immediately. Two minutes into the second half, senior Adalia Hercules scored the tying goal and Fleetwood continued putting pressure on the Scouts. Coach Mike Boyer, on what changed at halftime: “At halftime, we talked about a few options to generate some offense. We were a bit unorganized in the first half. We knew we needed to execute better in the second half. Elyse Adamo controlled balls in our offensive third and gave our team some scoring chances.” As Fleetwood continued dominating play, Conrad Weiser didn’t seem to have many answers, but the Scout defense held strong until freshman Chanel Hercules scored the go-ahead goal with 24 minutes remaining. Not many teams have had a sister combo like this one, and Chanel Hercules has gotten better and better as her freshman season has progressed. Boyer added: “Adalia is a gamer. She knows she needs to make plays and has done a super job down the stretch. Chanel has gained confidence with the extra playing time she has received because of injuries.” Adalia Hercules added, "My goal in the semifinal game was important to me because I feel like it lifted our team’s energy up for the second half after Weiser had the better start in the game."
As the game wound down, Conrad Weiser turned up the pressure on Fleetwood, but it was no avail. Coach Boyer put Adalia Hercules back in the defense, to further limit the Scouts’ chances to tie the game. The Fleetwood defense did a nice job as a team to stymie the movements of Grace George and the Weiser attack. George took a few shots in the second half, but they were either deflected or were not on goal. “Madison Stump and Mikayla Moats limited George’s opportunities. Those two were focused on her. Our defensive mid, Sydney LeVan, marked their other forward. George is a very nice player and drilled a nice shot to the far post. Luckily our defense did a great job limiting her chances.”
It was a tremendous team effort by the Fleetwood Tigers. It helps, of course, to have two talented sisters on the team. Adalia Hercules was proud of the game her sister had: "My sister scoring in the game was pretty cool; it sealed the game for us. Playing on the same team is something different. You’d expect us to have some sort of sister bond or something on the field but it is the complete opposite considering this is the first time we started playing together. I feel like I am her little boost to push harder in games and we are always hyping each other up."
A preview of the county title game will be posted sometime on Thursday morning.
Two sets of longtime rivals clash with a trip to the county championship game on the line. Both teams split their regular season match-ups.
(1) Wilson vs (5) Governor Mifflin
5:30 PM at Exeter
Rallied to defeat a game Wyomissing squad 2-1 in overtime. Jailene DeJesus provided both goals, the tying marker with less than 8 minutes left, and the overtime winner 7 minutes into extra time. Won 4-0 at Mifflin on October 3, led by 2 goals from Natalee Vicari. Looking to advance to third straight county final.
Eliminated Berks Catholic 2-0 in the opening round, with Olivia Conover and Kiersten Spatz tallying the goals. Won 3-0 at Wilson on September 17, with Spatz, Conover, and Adriana Lepara providing the scoring. Lost 3-1 to Wilson in semifinals last year.
(2) Conrad Weiser vs (6) Fleetwood
5:30 PM at Tulpehocken
Advanced to semifinals with 6-1 win over Twin Valley. Grace George recorded a hat trick, and Olivia Malone, Anna Dalesandro, and Aliyah Serrano each provided a goal. Downed Fleetwood 2-1 in overtime at home on September 17. George scored in regulation, and Journee Haynes tallied the overtime winner. First semifinal appearance since winning the county title in 2013.
Earned a spot in the semifinals with a 3-0 shutout of Tulpehocken. Adalia Hercules provided all three goals,2 on assists from Madison Stump, with Makayla Calamita stopping both shots she faced. Downed the Scouts 1-0 on October 3 behind a Hercules goal. Calamita recorded 8 saves in that shutout. Hoping for back-to-back title game appearances.
The Fleetwood Tigers have made the county playoffs for 19 consecutive seasons. The program expects to win when they get there, and Saturday's game was the first step. With major injuries hindering them throughout the season, they have needed their healthy players to step up even more. Led by an Adalia Hercules hat trick, the Tigers defeated Tulpehocken, Berks 3 champ, 3-0, to advance to Tuesday's semi-finals, where they will face Berks 2 rival Conrad Weiser. Hercules scored two of her goals in the first half, and closed out her day with a goal in the second half. Defender Madison Stump had a great game for Fleetwood, recording two assists and following the game plan perfectly.
Fleetwood coach Mike Boyer continues to be impressed by his team's resolve and execution: "I was very satisfied with our execution defensively. Our defenders played a solid game. Defender Madison Stump also assisted on two of our goals. The midfield won a lot of the 50/50 balls to keep the ball in our attacking half of the field. Adalia stepped up and played very well, cashing in on her scoring opportunities.
Tulpehocken coach Paul Zerbe was proud of his team's effort, as they also played without a few key injured players. Coach Zerbe and his dedicated players have pulled off an impressive rebuilding effort over the last two years to get Tulpehocken back to playoffs. He stated, "We are disappointed in the result but proud of the fact that we turned the program around, won the Division 3 title and got back to the county stage. Fleetwood played a very good game and we battled hard. Like Fleetwood we were hit by the injury bug and the loss of 2 starters made it difficult on everyone but we are proud of the effort they put out."
Fleetwood scoring standout Adalia Hercules knows she may need to continue finishing goals, especially with injuries to scoring threats Faith Herndon and Leilah Sallee. "After losing them, I knew scoring wasn't going to be as easy as it had been earlier in the season having them on the field and feeding off of each other. Now heading into playoffs I know I have to capitalize on every chance I get and try to get the job done so we can make it back to the finals again." The team will now turn their thoughts to their third match-up with Conrad Weiser; the teams split during the regular season, in two intense, hard-fought games. Hercules added: "Weiser is a good team but I am confident that my team can get the job done together and come out victorious; we just have to go into the game with a "winning mentality" and play hard. I am excited for what Tuesday holds, I am more confident than I am nervous."
Tuesday's semi-final match-up will be played at 5:30 PM at Tulpehocken High School. Preview will be posted on Monday.
Jailene DeJesus scored late in the second half to tie the game, and then scored again in overtime to lead the #1 seed Wilson Bulldogs to a first round victory over the Berks 3 runner-up and #8 seed, Wyomissing. Wilson assists were recorded for Elizabeth Estrada and Kayla Pennington. Hannah Hurleman scored the Wyomissing goal in the second half, off an Isabel Marshall assist. Wilson out-shot Wyomissing 15-7 in a hard-fought, well-played game. Wyomissing goalkeeper Vicky Heliodoro made 13 saves in defeat. The win advances the defending county champs to a huge showdown on Tuesday with division rival Governor Mifflin, at 5:30 at Exeter. The teams split the season series. The winner will advance to the county championship game on Thursday night.
Ed Deren's squad came out focused and prepared for their big first round match-up with Division 2 runner-up Berks Catholic. His team followed the game plan perfectly and shut down the Saints offense. Olivia Conover scored in the first half and Kierstin Spatz scored in the second half, leading the way to a 2-0 victory and sending the Mustangs to yet another showdown with their division rivals, the Wilson Bulldogs, on Tuesday evening at 5:30 at Exeter's Don Thomas Stadium.
Coach Deren was happy with his team's attitude and effort: "I was impressed that our girls came prepared to play 80 minutes. They had great energy and played as a team. It was an overall collective effort."
Junior Stella Mollica added: "We have major depth in our bench and confidence in everyone playing. We’re always giving 110% so if someone needs a break we can throw another great player in. Our subs did a great job keeping the energy at a high level. Everyone brought the intensity today."
Senior Reagan Simock was impressed by the focus of the defense: “Our defensive goal today was making sure we limit the touches by the other team and applying pressure straight away. The defense did fantastic with decision- making and communication today."
This is an impressive win for the Mustangs as they attempt another march through the county playoffs. If they are going to add another Berks title, they will need great defensive efforts and timely finishing, just like they had vs. Berks Catholic.
Preview for the Governor Mifflin-Wilson game will be posted sometime on Monday.
The Conrad Weiser girls' soccer team, Division 2 champions, came out strong in the first half on Saturday against Berks 1 at-large Twin Valley. It's clear the Scouts are ready for a deep playoff run, as they put away the Raiders with three first half goals and never looked back. Grace George, Anna Dalesandro, and Aliyah Serrano scored in the first half; George added two second half goals and Olivia Malone scored a goal as well. Sarah Frasch and Natalia Moll added assists for the Scouts. Twin Valley got on the board late, with a goal from Olivia Klein, assisted by Annabella Acinapura.
For anyone who has seen the Scouts play this season, this is a very well-rounded team with a solid defense, led by senior Natalie McFadden. They limit the opponent's chances and then strike on offense. George leads the team in scoring but there are so many other weapons around her that contribute to the team's success. Head coach Doug Miller had this to say after his team's impressive first round win: "We knew that they would come out and try to play physical against us after the last time we played them. So we tried to keep the ball moving and stretch them out. It seemed to work." On the keys to the game that led to a victory like this: "The last practices we worked a lot on finishing and quick ball movement. The kids worked hard wanting to succeed.
Senior Grace George added: "Playing in a tough division helps prepare for the competition ahead. Playing teams like Berks Catholic, Fleetwood, and Schuylkill Valley help us because those are games to never take lightly. Every team in our division has great players so you always have to be on the top of your game and if not you can lose at any time. "
The Scouts move on to play division rival Fleetwood on Tuesday at 5:30 at Tulpehocken. The teams split their regular season match-ups, in two hard-fought games. Previews will be posted to the site sometime on Monday.