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District 1 girls’ playbacks: Strath Haven, Conestoga earn final PIAA berths

Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Posted 5/21/13
Staff Report

Kristen Hansen scored the game-winner in overtime off a Morgan Glassford assist to lift host Strath Haven to a dramatic 7-6 victory today over Garnet Valley in a District 1 playback, guaranteeing the Panthers a berth in the PIAA state tournament.

The Panthers (17-4) will host Conestoga (a 9-8 winner over Great Valley) in the fifth-place consolation game Thursday. Six teams advance to the PIAA tourney; Garnet Valley (16-6), the two-time defending state champion is eliminated.

Garnet Valley defeated Strath Haven in the state finals last year in a unforgettable overtime comeback win.

This time, the Panthers pulled off the great comeback, rallying from a 6-2 deficit and holding the Jags scoreless for the final 22:45 minutes of the game.

Haven’s Kathryn Restrepo started the rally with a goal from Kirsten Wilhelmsen with 20:22 left. Then Restrepo found Suzanna Penikis to make it with 17:47 left in the game.

Bri Irons drew Strath Haven within 6-5 with 13:29 to play and Glassford tied it with 8:21 left.

Glassford had two goals and three assists and Irons scored twice. Emily Mathewson and Julia McGrath scored two goals each for the Jags.

Conestoga 9, Great Valley 8

Blake Hamblett scored the game-winner for the Pioneers with 3:14 remaining while her team was a man down.

Conestoga (15-4 overall) will play at Strath Haven on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the fifth place consolation.

Brittany Edwards led Great Valley with five goals, including a tally that gave the Patriots (17-4) a 6-5 lead early in the second half. Emily Scullin made it 7-5, with her 100th goal of the season, but Conestoga’s Abby Lord tied it with two goals within a 13-second span.

Hamblett gave Conestoga the lead with just under six minutes to play but Avery Murphy tied it after a Pioneer penalty caused them to be a man down. Hamblett then won it with her team still a man down.

Kara Schwartz was a standout in goal for the Pioneers with 10 saves and Megan Cameron added two goals. Merrilee Viguers made 12 saves for the Patriots.

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