F-F H.S. Highlights: Saturday, Oct. 29
Two weeks ago, the McConnellsburg girls soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Conemaugh Township.
But on Saturday, in a District 5 Class 1A quarterfinal playoff game, the Lady Spartans reversed that result, knocking off the Indians, 2-1.
McConnellsburg (11-7-1) will face No. 2 seed Berlin (14-3-1), at Berlin, in a semifinal game Monday at 4 p.m.
"(Goalkeeper) Kellyn Perry had a very big game for us," Spartan coach Chris Mellott said, "and the girls on defense played their tails off. Conemaugh got plenty of shots (20), but it's a little skewed - they got the volumn, but not the quality.
"Kellyn (16 saves) kept us organized in the back. With about 10 minutes left, they had been really pressuring us and we gave up a penalty kick. But Kellyn saved the shot, and once she did that it took the wind out of their sails. We were able to close the game out after that."
Jensen Boehme got the Spartans on the board first when a direct kick from about 25 yards out bounced in front and made its way into the net.
After Erin Berzonski evened the score for the Indians (12-7), a pass from McKenzi Garlock put Rebecca Wenschof in position, and Wenschof held off a defender, then beat the keeper 1 v 1 to score the game-winner early in the second half.
"Those two were really clicking today and that was a nice play on the goal," Mellott said.
Dist. 5 playoff, Windber 4, Southern Fulton 3, OT: The Indians nearly pulled off a huge upset in the District 5 Class 1A quarterfinals, but Windber rallied to tie the game with ?? left in regulation, and won it in overtime.
Southern Fulton, which finished 9-10, was in its first-ever district playoff game, and gave a big scare to the Ramblers (15-3), who had defeated SF 7-0 just 17 days ago.
Indian coach Scott Varner said, "That game was the first we'd played on turf and it's a big adjustment. We had looked at the tape and we really didn't play that bad, we just didn't finish shots. Today, the kids played their hearts out and really went after it. We had a lead on them a couple of times."
ICC Championship, West Branch 3, McConnellsburg 0: The Spartans absorbed a shutout at the hands of ICC North champion West Branch by scores of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-21.
McConnellsburg coach Heidi Johnston said, "West Branch is a strong team, but we were with them in all three games and had opportunities to get games 2 and 3. We have to look at this as good preparation for districts."
The Spartans (17-2) are the No. 1 seed in District 5 Class 1A and host Windber on Monday at 7 p.m., preceded by Shade vs. Meyersdale at 5 p.m.
For McConnellsburg, Lindsey Randler had 25 assists, Carly Swope had eight kills and 12 digs, Katelyn Truax had seven kills and eight digs, Bridgette Ritchey had six kills and six digs and Ary Lupey had three aces.
Mercersburg takes second: Mercersburg Academy placed second in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League girls tennis tournament on Saturday behind Lawrenceville. All four singles players and the doubles team reached at least the semifinals for the Blue Storm.
Emma Hicks (No. 3 singles) and Molly Widdoes (No. 4) reached the final in their flight. Hicks fell 6-1, 6-1 to Lawrenceville's Sydney Friedman, while Widdoes took the title by defeating Lawrenceville's Julia Dinmore, 6-3, 6-3. It was the only loss administered to a Big Red player all day.
Hill 6, Mercersburg Academy 0: Alex Coenjaerts made 18 saves in goal for the Blue Storm (1-11, 0-4 MAPL).