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High School Girls' Soccer - Week 7 Summary
3 area teams make their league's championship playoff rounds

Halifax’s Stephanie Paulauskas (right) and Mallori Bingaman pursue a ball, with a challenge by Millersburg’s Taylor Miller and Kara Keim Oct. 8. (background). (Photo by Lon Zeiders)

The 2014 girls’ soccer regular season has come to a close, with league playoffs coming up this week and disricts soon to follow.

Both Halifax and Millersburg will be participating in the Tri-Valley Athletic Association (aka Tri-Valley League) championship playoffs.

Halifax, the North Division champion, will host East Juniata Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Millersburg will travel to undefeated Juniata, the South Division champ, for a 4 p.m. match that same day.

The winner of each of those games will meet Thursday, Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Upper Dauphin Area High School’s athletic field.

Williams Valley placed second in Division 2 of the SCIAL (aka Schuylkill League) and will play Division 1 champion Pine Grove in the league playoff semi-finals Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Pine Grove Area High School.

All three of those teams also will participate in their respective district playoffs.

Line Mountain finished the season with an 8-8-2 record and should earn a berth in the District 4, Class A  playoffs. The Eagles won their final two regular season games to earn the .500 record.

Line Mountain 6, North Schuylkill 0, Oct. 11. Deidre Long had three goals to lead the offense. Meadow Walshaw-Wertz scored twice and Megan Finlan added a goal and two assists. Lacey Snyder had an assist.

The Eagles fired off 19 shots on goal. Keepers Corina Finlan and Gabby Yerger shared three saves.

Minersville 1, Williams Valley 0, Oct. 9. The Vikings had an opportunity to win the Division 2 title, but Minersville was able to silence the tough Viking offense.

Alyssa Schadle had a solid game in goal with nine saves.

Line Mountain 3, Northumberland Christian 0, Oct. 9. Long had two goals and an assist and Caitlin Scott had the other goal. Assists were handed out by Breanna Ebright and Walshaw-Wertz. Corina Finlan had four saves.

Halifax 2, Millersburg 1, Oct. 8. Halifax pulled out a wild 2-1 double overtime victory.

The Indians had taken a 1-0 lead 5:24 into the game on a goal by freshman Kylee Altland.

The Wildcats came right back and tied the game, 1-1, just 41 seconds later on a goal by Steph Paulauskas.

Both keepers played exceptional games, according to Halifax Head Coach Jan Hoffner. Bri Turner (seven saves) had a big save in the first overtime to save the night for the Wildcats while Megan Simpkins (15 saves) helped to keep the Indians in the match.

Krissy Kelley finally found the winning goal in the second over time. She fired a shot off the crossbar just before she got her game winner with 7:53 remaining in the second extra frame..

“I think she was frustrated with herself a bit, but oh boy, she was deadly on the winner,’’ Hoffner said. ‘‘

Krissy has a way of delivering when the team needs it most. It really was a very difficult shot for a keeper to defend as it had speed and snuck in just under the cross bar,” she added.

“It was a well-played game by all players. Both Halifax and Millersburg fans got their money’s worth for sure,’’ the Wildcat coach said.

Upper Dauphin Area 1, Line Mountain 0, Oct. 8. Corina Finlan had five saves and the Eagles got off seven shots but could not find the goal. Additional information was not avaiulable as of press time.

Halifax 3, James Buchanan 0, Oct. 7. Ashley Sauder scored twice and Cassidy Woodcock added another as the Wildcats blanked a non-league foe.

Williams Valley 1, Schuylkill Haven, Oct. 7. Kyrsten Miller scored the match’s only goal as the Vikings secured their Schuylkill League playoff bid.

Emily Wessner crossed a pass in front of the Hurricanes’ net and was just missed being cleared by a Haven defender. Miller came across from the far post and popped the ball behind the keeper, Head Coach Gary Fetterhoff said.

The team had yet another standout defensive effort. Fetterhoff said Casandra Schorr, Hannah Nestor and Rayanne Hawk marked Schuylkill Haven’s top three players (Rileigh Evitts, Kelsey Sisko and Keegan White.)

“(Evitts, Sisko and White) are three of the best players to ever play in the league and (Schorr, Nestor and Hawk) shut them down,” Fetterhoff said. “Alyssa Schadle made some great saves in the game to give us the shut out.”

The Vikings started the season under some adverse conditions, losing its first two games of the season in its own tournament. They lost to Halifax and Pine Grove and gave up eight goals in those two games.

In the process of dropping those two games, Fetterhoff said the Vikes lost their keeper to injury. and had to go with their backup in Schadle, who had been one of the team’s starting defenders.

“So after the tournament, we had to make some adjustments,” Fetterhoff said. “We moved Erica Wessner back to defense from wing, Krysten Miller from center mid to wing and Katie Whelski from defense to center mid.”

Since the changes, Williams Valley has allowed just eight goals in its last 16 games.

“Another real key to us playing great defense is Megan Schadle, who we made captain and has really taken charge of a young defense and has had a great season so far,” Fetterhoff said.

He added that sophomore Erica Wessner has played great defense since moving back from wing.

“My assistant coach (Zach Reichart) has been kidding her all year with ‘Who marks strikers? Strikers do!’ She has done a great job adjusting to defense,” the head coach said. “It also makes it a lot easier to play defense when you have two strikers like Hannah Nestor and Emily Wessner with over 20 goals each.”

Williams Valley 4, Tri-Valley 0, Oct. 6. Nestor and Emily Wessner both scored two goals, Wessner added an assist and Nakahl Miller had an assist as well. Alyssa Schadle had three saves for the Vikings. Tri-Valley’s Megan Boyer had 15 saves.

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