With a three-goal second half, Conrad Weiser defeated the Schuylkill Valley High School girls' soccer team, 3-0, in the quarterfinals of the Berks County League playoffs on Oct. 12 at Governor Mifflin High School.
The loss ended the league playoff run for the Lady Panthers who finished in third place in Division 2 with a record of 5-4-1.
The Panthers went into the quarterfinal contest shorthanded, having seven players injured on the team.
"I would have loved to see what kind of game we could have given Weiser with all our players healthy,' said Schuylkill Valley head coach Jason Bagenstose. "Weiser is peaking at the right time, though. They have played really down the stretch and are very tough to beat right now. With our makeshift line-up in that game, we really struggled to possess the ball and mount any kind of attack.'
Conrad Weiser outshot the Panthers, 11-4, as Schuylkill Valley goalkeeper Caitlyn Gannon made eight saves in the contest.
Despite the loss, it has still been a good season for the Lady Panthers, and it can still be an even better one.
"The season has been a lot of fun,' said Bagenstose. "We set a goal at the start of the season to make county and district playoffs, and we accomplished that. Now, we want to make a run in districts and not just be content with getting there.
"We had our ups and downs this season, but the girls have hung in there and we have been playing better over the last few weeks of the season."I think the key to the success (of the team this season) was getting all the players on the same page, working together in practices and games to make us a better team. We had a number of players changing positions throughout the season and they willingly moved around to help the team.'
The season is not over for the Panthers. They qualified for the playoffs, now they want to win some games and maybe even qualify for the states. Of course, in order for that to happen, they first have to get a little healthier.
"We also need to keep working on attacking as a team and getting that killer instinct to score goals,' said Bagenstose. "We have the ability to do so, but sometimes we struggle with our transition during games. We have a talented team that loves to play, so hopefully it will come together and we can win some playoff games.'