It was a game for seeding in, and momentum heading into, the PIAA girls soccer playoffs.
And Boyertown won out on all counts Saturday.
With a 1-0 victory over Central Bucks East at Souderton, the Bears claimed the third seed from District 1's Class AAAA bracket. They will also have a head of steam heading into states, which they undertake Tuesday against District 11 champion Easton at a site and time to be established.
"It was pretty uneventful,' Boyertown head coach Bill Goddard said of the game between clubs already qualified for states. "It was a seeding game, and both teams were playing out the string.'
Jillian Bertino did all the game's scoring in the sixth minute, assisted by Megan Diehl. It held up as Sarafina Valenti provided eight-save shutout goaltending.
Boyertown goes into states with an 18-2-2 record. It achieved a pair of firsts in the district playoffs: Making the AAAA quarterfinal round with a 1-0 win over Council Rock North, then reaching states courtesy of a subsequent 1-0 win over Pennsbury.Mercersburg Ac. 4, Hill School 1: Maria Finelli's second-half goal was the highlight for the Blues in their Mid-Atlantic Prep League loss to the Blue Storm.
Finelli got her unassisted tally midway through the second half, cutting into Mercersburg's initial two-goal lead. Julia Hernan came up with some big saves in goal for the Hill.
Hill School 8, Mercersburg Ac. 1: Hill routed visiting Mercersburg in a Mid-Atlantic Prep League showdown to up its record to 4-0 (10-3 overall) as the eight Hill seniors celebrated their last MAPL home game with a bang. Seven different goal scorers helped put the Blues win.
Hill first scored five minutes into the game when Sydney Munro dumped the ball to Taylor Hendrickson who shot the ball towards teammate Amanda Willet, who had the tip to put Hill on the board.
The second goal came from the Lange sisters when Alex Lange weaved in and out of defenders to dump the ball to her sister Taylor and teammate Willet for a 2-0 lead. Minutes later, off a penalty corner, Alex Lange got the ball to Julia Donald, who hit Alexis Grippo for a tip by Kathleen Carmichael for the 3-0 lead.
Mercersburg then scored to make it 3-1 with two minutes left in the first half. But Alex Lange connected with Erin Kelly to make it 4-1. The Blues continued their scoring in the second half when Charlotte Vaziri connected with Julia Donald for the fifth goal. Alex Lange, with her third assist of the game, connected with Willet for a hat-trick. The seventh goal was scored solo by senior Emma Hogans and the eighth scored when Lauren Selwyn crossed the ball to hit teammate Taylor Lange for the 8-1 final.
Hill School 6, Mercersburg Ac. 1: More records fell as the Blues rolled over the Blue Storm in MAPL play.
Colten Habecker recorded his third consecutive hat trick and seized the school's all-time scoring crown, previously held by Jamie Slough (51). And prior to intermission, the team surpassed the previous record of goals scored in a season (77 in 19 matches in 1988), needing three fewer matches to do so.
Mark Forrest scored twice and assisted once. Shardach Ekeh got the final goal of the match shortly after Mercersburg converted a penalty for its only shot on goal of the second half. Habecker had two assists, as did John Rader.
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Centennial Conference: The Ursinus College men finished in ninth place at the 2013 conference championships with a team scofe of 261.
The top finisher for the Bears was sophomore Vincent Flood, who crossed in 46th place at 28:17. Sophomore Andrew Mackin was second-best on the team with a time of 30:42.60, followed by David Slade with a time of 31:04.80.
Freshman Luke Schlegel was fourth on the team at 31:27.30, followed by sophomore James Hartop at 31:35 and sophomore Jason Rudich (at 31:49.90.
Centennial Conference: The Ursinus College women finished eighth at the conference championships with a total score of 193.
Senior Sarah Huang was the top finisher for the Bears, as she crossed the line in 23rd place with a time of 24:15.80. Junior Emelia Perry was second on the team (37th overall) at 24:46.60.
Junior Emily Lamb was third on the squad, crossing in 45th place at 25:04.70. Sophomore Grace Barter was fourth at 26:39.10, followed by junior Chelsie Nemeth in 71st place at 27:00.90. Sophomore Kimberly Nolan (Perkiomen Valley) was sixth for Ursinus at 27:06.70.
Ursinus 6, Swarthmore 2: The Bears locked up the number two seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference tournament as they defeated Swarthmore.
Ursinus (8-2, 12-5) will play Dickinson on Saturday at F&M in the conference's 2/3 game.
Sophomore defender Megan Keenan and sophomore forward Devin Brakel each had two-goal games, while senior forward Abby Wood and freshman forward Amber Steigerwalt also scored goals in the win. Ursinus had a 41-8 advantage in shots and outcornered the Garnet 21-5.
Sophomore midfielder Stephanie Cooper and sophomore forward Samantha Macchio each had assists. In goal, sophomore Danielle DeSpirito had five saves in 70 minutes.
Ursinus 4, Gettysburg 1: Needing every break possible to make the Centennial Conference playoffs, the Bears did their part by defeating the Bullets.
Ursinus (4-4-1, 8-8-1) finished at .500 or better for the first time since the 1995 season (10-8) and kept alive its playoff hopes.
The Bears scored two goals in each half to take the win. Freshman forward Matt Cioeta scored two of the four goals, while sophomore forward Ryan Butler and freshman forward Ryan Molyneaux scored the others.
Haverford 3, Ursinus 0: The Fords scored all three of their goals in the span of 6:12 during the final part of the first half as they defeated the Bears in Centennial Conference action.
Ursinus (3-6-1, 8-9-1) had just three shots the entire game as the Bears finished with their highest win total since 2010 — a six-win improvement from last season. In her final game, senior goalkeeper Kara DiJoseph had 10 saves.
Ursinus 113, Lebanon Valley 86: The Ursinus Colmen moved their record to 2-0 with a non-Conference win over the Flying Dutchmen.
The Bears started the day by winning the 200 meter medley relay as junior Jacob Robinson, senior Charles Messa, senior John Wieczorek and senior Alexander Pandelidis with a time of 1:54.33.
In the 800 free, freshman Dylan Cooper (Southampton, Pa./William Tennent) won the event at 9:30.86. In the 50 free, freshman Chase Renninger (Boyertown Area) won the event at 25.01.
Sophomore Keith Larkin won the 100 fly at 1:03.58, with DiPalo winning the 100 free at 58.43. In the 100 back, junior Jacob Robinson won the event at 1:04.07. In their last scoring event, Pandelidis won the 400 free at 4:28.13.
Ursinus 106, Lebanon Valley 91: The Ursinus women moved their record to 2-0 with a non-conference win over the Flying Dutchmen.
The Bears started the day by winning the 200 meter medley relay as the team of sophomore Micaela Lyons, sophomore Corinne Capodanno, sophomore Kyleigh Hamilton and junior Chelsea Kozior won with a time of 2:09.72.
In the 800 free, junior Margo Randelman won the event at 10:45.36. In the 200 free, senior Molly Serfass (was first at 2:17.69.
In the 200 IM, freshman Alexandra Hemp finished first at 2:37.18. The 100 free saw senior Malena Lair Ferrari win the event at 1:00.27. Wilson won 100 back at 1:13.04.
Washington 3, Ursinus 0: The Bears closed their 2013 season with a Centennial Conference loss to Washington College. Set scores were 25-10, 25-12 and 25-14.
In its final match of the season, Ursinus (0-10, 9-19) got six kills from sophomore outside hitter Karla Thiele and four each from junior setter Gina Powers and senior outside hitter Anahi McIntyre. Powers had 13 assists, with freshman setter Emily van Mulbregt getting five.
Defensively, junior libero Leah Masiello had 10 digs, with Powers getting nine and Thiele — along with junior defensive specalist Joy Oakman — netting six.