Reisen Shine – Soccer, volleyball playoffs continue

   October 31, 2013 6:00 am    0

 

McDowell's Maggie Murray, hits near Mercyhurst Prep's Rachel Shopene during the District 10 Class AAA volleyball championship. GREG WOHLFORD/Erie Times-News


McDowell locked down the first District 10 girls volleyball championship with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-22 sweep of Mercyhurst Prep. Kirsten Platz led the Trojans with 11 kills, while Ashley Yost had eight and Maggie Murray recorded seven. Leah Vensel added 30 assists as McDowell is on a 14-match winning streak since an early-season loss to Conneaut. McDowell moves on to the PIAA first round against the third seed from District 7. The WPIAL is still in the semifinals and McDowell won’t find out its opponent until Saturday. The semifinals take place tonight as Shaler plays Bethel Park and North Allegheny takes on Norwin. The two losers meet Saturday afternoon with the winner playing McDowell.

The District 10 Class A and AA playoffs continue tonight at Meadville High School. Maplewood and Cochranton will meet at 6 p.m. in the Class A semifinals at the same time Cambridge Springs takes on West Middlesex. The Class AA semifinals follow at 8 p.m. as Fort LeBoeuf takes on Corry and Conneaut plays Wilmington. The winners move on to Saturday with the Class A championship at 1 p.m. and the Class AA title match at 3 p.m.

•The District 10 soccer playoffs had another exciting day on Wednesday, including a double-overtime thriller and a below .500 team qualifying for the PIAA playoffs. On the boys’ side, Warren edged Wilmington 2-1 behind two goals from Quinn Boger, while Harbor Creek handled Slippery Rock 7-1. Warren and Harbor Creek will play at 4 p.m. Saturday at General McLane High School. Both teams will move on to the PIAA playoffs as Class AA boys is the only bracket to get two PIAA playoff spots. What a story the Warren Dragons have become. Warren started the season 0-7-0 and looked like it would go through a down year. The Dragons stormed back to go 7-3-1 over the past 11 matches, including two wins in the playoffs. Warren has put it all together quickly and will keep its season going Tuesday no matter what happens Saturday. Harbor Creek looked like a well-oiled machine Wednesday as Koltin Hammer scored four goals and Eric Campbell added three.

Mercyhurst Prep sophomore Jen Shreve is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal. GREG WOHLFORD/Erie Times-News


•In Class AA girls, the young Mercyhurst Prep Lakers pulled off an exciting 3-2 win over Fort LeBoeuf. Mercyhurst Prep is loaded with sophomores with a handful of juniors and only two seniors. Jen Shreve, a sophomore, scored from about 18 yards out with 7 minutes, 55 seconds left in double overtime to give Mercyhurst Prep a spot in the District 10 Class AA championship. The Lakers defeated rival Villa Maria in last year’s title match. Annie Elia and Shahira Harden each scored for the Lakers, while Jordan Oberlander and Annalie Fitzgibbon scored one goal apiece for the Bison. Both of Fort LeBoeuf’s goals were set up on perfect corner kicks by Cora Burek. While Oberlander has certainly earned the most press this year with her prolific scoring, Burek was important to Fort LeBoeuf as well.

The other Class AA semifinal featured a dominant effort by Region 2 champion Hickory. Sara Suler led the way with two goals and two assists as the Hornets routed Villa Maria 6-0. The Victors had a young team and first-year coach in Afrim Latifi this year and could be a team to watch the next few years. Hickory looked like the real deal Wednesday with blazing speed and good ball control. The D-10 championship could be a classic with Hickory and Mercyhurst Prep. Hickory could become the first Mercer County team to win a D-10 girls soccer title in D-10 playoff history. Wilmington, a Lawrence County school, became the first southern girls soccer program to win a D-10 title as the Greyhounds won the Class A title in 2010 and 2011. Mercer could beat Hickory to the punch Friday as the Lady M’s take on Wilmington in the Class A title match.

•The D-10 Class A soccer doubleheader at Franklin High School was postponed from tonight until Friday. Both Mercer soccer teams fell victim to food poisoning after their wins Tuesday night and D-10 postponed the matches one day to let the Mustangs recover. Wilmington and Mercer will play at 5 p.m. for the girls title followed by Mercer and Mercyhurst Prep at 7 p.m. for the Class A boys title.

•Make sure to follow the blog tonight as we have live updates from the D-10 volleyball playoffs along with the D-10 Class AAA boys title match between Cathedral Prep and McDowell as well as the McDowell-State College Class AAA girls subregional.

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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