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Live blogging at the PIAA girls’ championship game at Hershey- Garnet Valley tops Downingtown East, 17-14

Saturday, 11th June 2011

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Posted 6/11/11

This is Editor Chris Goldberg at HersheyPark Stadium, blogging online as Downingtown East and Garnet Valley get set to meet for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championship.

The game will begin at about 1:20 due to the late ending of the PIAA girls’ soccer championship.

Several Philly coaches checked in before the game to give their predictions:
Unionville coach Wendy Landry: Garnet Valley 9, Downingtown East 8
Harriton coach George Dick: Garnet Valley 12, Downingtown East 11
Former Strath Haven coach Jen (Duck) Duckenfield: Downingtown East by two goals

The starting lineups are being introduced now. Both teams are making their first appearance in a state title game. Both coaches, Dt East’s Caitlin Barbakoff and GV’s Kate Henwood have done masterful jobs in getting their teams to the top of the heap this year. They met in the District 1 finals.

The weather is humid and overcast, but no sign of rain at the moment

1st half
DTE: Emily Solenberger scores at 24:27, just 13 seconds into play.
GV: Natalie Lang ties it with an outstanding individual effort (AnnaElise Morello assist), 23:38
GV: Ashley Pyle scores unassisted off the draw, 23:22 – Garnet Valley 2-1
GV: Goalie Kate Stroup makes her first big save
GV: The Jags take it downfield and Ally Heavens puts GV ahead 3-1 at 21:30 (Morello assist)
GV: Morello takes a brilliant feed from Halley Barnes behind the cage and stuffs it past Allie Murray for a 4-1 lead, 19:52.
GV: Morello feeds Lang for another goal, 18:17 – GV leads 5-1. The Jags are moving the ball so well it’s got DtEast off its game
DTE: Solenberger makes a strong individual effort and beats Stroup, 17:14, draw her team within 5-2

GV: Jags take 6-3 lead as Morello scores off an assist by Kara Stroup, 15:40
DTE: Murray stones a streaking Heavens off the draw, 15:30
GV: Stroup makes great save on Ashley Poli, 13:42
GV: Barnes makes amazing spin move and beats Murray, 12:52 – GV leads 7-3
GV: Barnes hits Heavens for another goal, 12:12
DTE- Murray, a U19 team member, is pulled for Marya Fratoni, 12:12
DTE: Poli scores to make it 8-4; a key goal for the struggling Cougars, 11:23
GV- Kate Stroup stops Nicole Barretta on a close-in shot, 8:55

DTE- Fratoni stops Pyle in close, 7:00
DTE: McKenzie Rafferty from Poli, makes it 8-5, 5:30
DTE: Solenberger makes it 8-6, 4:54
GV- Calls time out, 4:54
What a gutsy move by Barbakoff pulling Murray, an All-Amercan and US U19 team member, who has been playing great in the post-season. But Fratoni has made a big save and seemingly give the team a lift.
GV- Heavens weaves in and out of the DTE defense and scores to make it 9-6, 4:15
GV- Stroup stops Barretta on a free position, 2:20

Halftime – Garnet Valley leads 9-6

Halftime goalie stats – Striup (GV) 6 saves, Fratoni (DTE) 2, Murray (DTE) 1

Halftime scoring
DTE – Solenberger 3G, Poli 1G, Rafferty 1G
GV- Heavens 3G; Morello 2G, 2A; Lang 2G; Barnes 1G, 2A; Pyle 1G; Stroup 1A

2nd half
DTE- Rafferty beats Stroup off a Solenberger assist, 23:08 – now 9-7
GV: Morello finds a cutting Heavens again, 22:09 – 10-7 GV
GV- Stroup stops Solenberger in close and Haley Warden scores of a Morello pass, 20:16 – GV 11-7
DTE- Poli scores off a feed from Raffferty, after Stroup had made a big save, 16:57- GV 11-8
DTE – Fratoni has made 5 saves in the half, is plating very well, 15:31
GV- Warden scores from Pyle on a brilliant move in front of the cage, 14:42 – GV 12-8
DTE – Calls time out, 14:42
DTE – Barretta scores to close the gap, 15:08
GV – Morello scores from Barnes, 12:35 – GV 13-9
DTE – Poli off a feed from Solenberger to draw the Cougars within 13-10, 12:11
DTE – Poli scores off a Solenberger feed, 10:08 – Murray is back in the game – GV 13-11
GV – Wins draw, 9;55
GV – Barnes from Morello, 9:10 – GV 14-11
GV – Stroup stops Solenberger in front, 8:50
DTE – Murray stops Kara Stroup, 8:20
GV – Heavens scores again in close, 7:17 – GV 15-11
GV – Barnes from Morello again, 6:47 – GV 16-11
DTE loses possession, 5:50
GV- Barnes unassisted, 17-11 – GV has control, 5:23
DTE- Rafferty scores on free position to make it 17-12 GV, 3:28
DTE- Caroline Ambrogi closes the gap to 17-13, 2:15
DTE – Faccenda scores off the draw to make it 17-14. DTE is not going down easy, 2:01
DTE- Wins draw, but is called for a hold on Stroup, 1:45
GV – Gains possession downfield, 1:13
GV-Runs out clock – wins state title, 17-14

Final goalie saves
Stroup (GV) 11
Murray (DTE) 3
Fratoni (DTE) 8

GV- Heavens 5G, Morello 3G, 7A, Barnes 4G, 4A, Lang 2G, Warden 2G, Pyle 1G; Stroup 1A

DTE– Poli 4G, Solenberger 3G, Rafferty 3G, Linnea Faccenda 1G, Caroline Ambrogi 1G

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