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PIAA FIELD HOCKEY ROUND 1 PREVIEW

November 6, 2018

(2-1) Wyoming Seminary (17-2-1) vs. (3-4) Bermudian Springs (21-2-1) What: Class A first round When: 5, tonight Where: Crestwood HS How they got here: Wyoming Seminary won the District 2 championship, 3-2, against Wyoming Area. Bermudian Springs lost the District 3 third-place game, 4-0, against Newport. Moving on: Winner advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals, where it will play District 11 champion Lehighton or District 3’s No. 5 seed Susquenita. Scouting report: Wyoming Seminary has won back-to-back district titles in Class A. Last year, the Blue Knights’ run in states continued all the way to a loss in the state championship. The bulk of last year’s team is back again this season, which has made Sem one of the favorites to win this year’s state title. … Throughout league play and the postseason, Iowa commit Alex Wesneski is Sem’s leading scorer with 31 goals. She’s followed by Hannah Maxwell (29 goals) and Aubrey Mytych (15 goals), as well as Kelsey Reznick, who has 19 assists. Mia Magnotta is the returning starter in goal for the Blue Knights. … Sem has not lost since Oct. 6, when it dropped two contests against teams from out of state. … Bermudian Springs was also in the state tournament last year. It lost in the quarterfinals. … Bermudian Springs was undefeated in the regular season, thanks in large part to goalkeeper Melania Shoop. But now, the team has back-to-back losses. … Offensively, Bermudian Springs has a balanced offense with several reliable scorers. … Bermudian Springs hails from Adams County in the southernmost part of the state. (2-2) Wyoming Area (17-2-2) vs. (4-1) Mifflinburg (13-7) What: Class A first round When: 5, tonight Where: Central Columbia HS How they got here: Wyoming Area was the runner-up in District 2 after losing the final against Wyoming Seminary, 3-2. Mifflinburg defeated Lewisburg, 3-2, for the District 4 championship. Moving on: Winner advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals, where it will play District 7 champion Shady Side or District 3 three-seed Newport. Scouting report: This has been a season of historic firsts for Wyoming Area, which continues with today’s first state playoff game in program history. … The Warriors’ only losses were against Valley West and Sem, both of which qualified for the state tournament. … WA has somewhat of a big three when it comes to offense, led by Lauren Parente (27 goals, four assists), Toni Minichello (20 goals, eight assists) and Kayla Kiwak (13 assists, 15 assists). Ellie Glatz is the goalkeeper for a defense that shut out Nanticoke Area and Lake-Lehman in districts. … Mifflinburg is district champions for the first time since 1987. However, Mifflinburg did come close a year ago when it lost the championship game 3-2. … Mifflinburg is better than its seven-loss record, as Lewisburg and Selinsgrove were among the quality teams that beat Mifflinburg. … Mifflinburg was the No. 4 seed in its district tournament, beating the Nos. 5, 1 and 2 seeds by a combined score of 9-5. … Last year’s District 4 champion, Lion Mountain, was knocked out in the first round of the PIAA tournament by District 3 five-seed Bermudian Springs. (2-1) Valley West (14-3-1) vs. (1-4) Great Valley (15-7) What: Class 2A first round When: 6:30, tonight Where: Hazleton Area HS How they got here: Valley West eliminated Coughlin, 4-0, in the District 2 Class 2A championship game. Great Valley settled for fourth-place in District 1 after losing the third-place game, 4-0, against Mount St. Joseph’s. Moving on: Winner advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals, where it will play District 11 champion Bangor or District 3’s No. 4 seed Manheim Central. Scouting report: Valley West has now won three straight district championships. Actually, the Spartans were more impressive and beat their opponents by bigger margins in this year’s district playoffs than in 2016 and 2017. … Valley West made the state final last year, but lost about half its starters from that team. … Among the most important players back this year are Old Dominion commit and midfielder Rina Tsioles, goalkeeper Sydney Rusnock, and leading scorers Cameryn Forgash (17 goals) and Karaline Stelma (16 goals). … Valley West’s losses this season were against Lower Dauphin, Sem and Coughlin. The Spartans did not play any teams from District 1 this season. … Great Valley entered the District 1 playoffs as a four-seed. It beat the Nos. 13 and 5 seeds, but then dropped to the third-place game after losing to the No. 8 seed. … While Valley West is on a hot streak, Great Valley is coming two of its worst losses all season. In the third-place game, Great Valley put only two shots on goal while Mount St. Joseph’s had 24 shots. Great Valley was losing 4-0 at halftime. (2-1) Delaware Valley (13-7) vs. (1-3) Methacton (15-8) What: Class 3A first round When: 6, tonight Where: Wallenpaupack HS How they got here: Delaware Valley defeated Honesdale, 1-0, for the District 2 championship. Methacton won the District 1 third-place game, 3-0, against Central Bucks East. Moving on: Winner advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals, where it will play District 3 champion Lower Dauphin or District 1 six-seed Souderton. Scouting report: Del Val is representing the WVC once again in the state’s Class 3A tournament. Last year, the Warriors had a quick exit with a 5-0 loss to Central Bucks East, which was also the three-seed from District 1. — Matt Bufano

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