Wildcats to semis
LITITZ — Greenwood had total control of the game from beginning to end in its 5-0 rout of Springfield-Montco in a PIAA Class A quarterfinal field hockey game at Warwick High School Saturday.
“I thought we came out and did what we stress and try to accomplish — ball pressure, getting into the passing lanes. We had a lot of interceptions and we’re stringing our passes together and when we do that, we’re pretty good,” Wildcats coach Kent Houser said.
It didn’t take long for Greenwood to get on the scoreboard as just over a minute into the game, Cori Davis found an open Hailey Womer to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
But then things settled down for a bit as Spartan goalkeeper Rebecca Berglund held off the offensive onslaught of the Wildcats, keeping them from adding more goals.
Greenwood eventually broke through as Davis went solo and tacked on another goal. Then with just four minutes to play in the opening half, Leah Bryner moved the ball over to Womer who scored her second goal of the game. Greenwood went into the break with a 3-0 lead.
“It took us awhile … I thought their goalie did a fabulous job,” Houser said. “I thought on our corners we were getting good shots and she did a real nice job of stopping them.”
The Greenwood defense made its presence felt not just in the first half, but throughout the game. In the opening half, the Wildcats not only held Springfield without a shot, they didn’t even allow the Spartans near the circle.
In fact, the only time the Spartans managed a shot on goal was in the final two minutes of the game.
“We try to stress playing defense,” Houser said. “Getting into the passing lanes and try not to let people get comfortable with the ball.”
Greenwood added two more goals in the second half. Kenedy Stroup found sister Jordan Stroup to make it a 4-0 game.
Not minute later Kenedy Stroup with some help from Womer scored the final goal.
“I thought we again played just as well, we didn’t give them too many opportunities,” Houser said. “I thought Jordan in particular was just all over the place and we were able to get the ball to Hailey and good things happen when that happens.”
Greenwood(19-1-2) and will play Wyoming Seminary at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Danville in a semifinal game. Seminary eliminated Newport, 3-2 in overtime Saturday. Seminary is the defending state champion and two years agofell to the Wildcats in the final.
Houser expects his team to be ready to go to work.
“Just keep working hard and try to get better on Monday,” Houser said.
Greenwood 5, Springfield 0
G — Hailey Womer (Cori Davis), 28:57; G — Davis, 15:45; G — Womer (Leah Bryner), 4:02
G — Jordan Stroup (Kenedy Stroup), 17:40; G — K.Stroup (Womer), 16:56
Shots: G 24-1. Corners: G 21-2. Saves: G-1 (Kelsey Sheaffer), S-14 (Rebecca Berglund)