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Lone shot a real winner

Posted Sunday, October 29, 2006 by Rippey
Brandywine Heights manages just one shot against Oley Valley, but it finds the back of the cage and sends the Bullets to the District 3-AA semifinals. Conrad Weiser also moves on after edging Tulpehocken.

By Brian Rippey
Reading Eagle

If you get just one shot, calling on the Berks County scoring champion would be a terrific option.
Amy Hordendorf's reverse chip was the only shot Brandywine Heights got and needed Saturday to defeat backyard rival Oley Valley 1-0 in the District 3-AA field hockey quarterfinals at Exeter's Don Thomas Stadium.

"That was the only thing I thought I could get off so I took it," Hordendorf said.

Sara Rutkowski's goal in the last minute of the first half was all Conrad Weiser needed to defeat Tulpehocken 1-0 in the first game of the all-Berks doubleheader.

Brandywine and Conrad Weiser, along with Hamburg, wrapped up PIAA Class AA berths and trips to Tuesday's semifinals. Brandywine will face Hamburg in another all-Berks matchup Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.

But the Bullets (21-1-1) want at least one day to enjoy their second 1-0 victory over Oley this month before focusing on a third clash with Hamburg.

"They totally had us up against the ropes," Brandywine coach Donna Hordendorf said. "It was all we could do to keep them out of the goal. Our defense was phenomenal today, absolutely phenomenal. That's what won the game."

Goalie Chrissy Hoffman made seven saves, including three on an Oley offensive flurry 31/2 minutes into the second half. Shelby Trenge, who assisted on the winning goal, also made a defensive save with 12:30 left on a hard shot off a corner by Courtney Zook.

"We dominated for 50 to 55 minutes," Oley coach Donna Long said. "It comes down to finishes. I think we played extremely well in the field of play but we need to make finishes."

Oley finished with advantages of 8-1 in shots and 8-2 in penalty corners. But the shot by Amy Hordendorf with 3:01 left was the one that prevented the Lynx (19-4-2) from advancing to the semifinals for the first time since 2001.

Oley will face Greenwood Tuesday in an elimination game.

Hordendorf took a pass from Trenge and flipped a reverse shot over Oley goalie Alyssa Haas.

"We knew we had to come out and play with our hearts," Amy Hordendorf said. "We wanted this game more than anything because they've been our rivals forever."

The game was the 10th in the past three seasons between the Bullets and Lynx. Brandywine is now 2-0-1 against Oley this season.

Conrad Weiser (17-5-1) evened its series with neighborhood rival Tulpehocken (14-5-1) at a win apiece with its biggest victory in more than 20 years.

Rutkowski took a pass from Kelsey Pachuilo on a penalty corner and drilled it in the cage with 21 seconds left in the first half.

The victory sends the Scouts to the semifinals Tuesday to face West Perry. Tulpehocken will play Lancaster Mennonite in an elimination game.

"We've been wanting it a long time," said Rutkowski, a senior. "It feels real good that we can finally advance, we finally got it done."

Not without a few tense moments. Tulpehocken, coming off a 3-2 overtime win over defending state champion Palmyra, got all seven of its penalty corners in the final 16 minutes.

Goalie Erin Terreson and the Scouts defense withstood the challenge to post their ninth shutout this season.

"The pressure was on and we all knew it," said Terreson, who made five saves. "We kept up the whole time and never let down."

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