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Finally, Weiser finds success in postseason

Posted Tuesday, October 31, 2006 by Rippey
Finally, Weiser finds success in postseason
The Scouts, who have suffered their share of frustrating playoff losses, are one of four Berks teams to reach the District 3 semifinals and earn a PIAA berth.

By Brian Rippey
Reading Eagle

Conrad Weiser has had one of Berks County's top field hockey programs for the last three years.
The Scouts have won three straight Berks II titles and 10 of 12 league games in each of those seasons.

But the Scouts hadn't been able to carry that success into the postseason until now.

Conrad Weiser (17-5-1) is one of four Berks teams that has reached today's District 3 semifinals and earned a berth in the PIAA Tournament, which begins next week.

"This is a goal the girls set early in the year," said Ann Schmidt, co-coach of the Scouts along with Mel Sunderland. "I think when you set goals it gives you that focus of where you're going."

Brandywine Heights (21-1-1), Hamburg (17-5) and Wilson (20-1-2) also are going to the state tournament regardless of the outcomes of their games today.

Oley Valley (19-4-2) and Tulpehocken (14-5-1) can earn PIAA berths with wins today in Class AA elimination games, and Daniel Boone (11-10-1) will try to keep its season alive in a Class AAA elimination game.

Conrad Weiser has suffered a series of frustrating postseason losses, including a pair of 1-0 double-overtime setbacks last year, against Oley Valley in the Berks semifinals, then Lampeter-Strasburg in the first round of the 3-AA Tournament.

Despite the graduation loss of 2005 Berks Player of the Year Jackie Kintzer, their star goalie, the Scouts are still playing the same style.

Senior Erin Terreson has taken over between the posts for a team that allowed only 18 goals. The Scouts are still a relatively low-scoring team, as evidenced by their six 1-0 wins, including three straight at one point against Berks II rivals.

"I'd love to be up 5-0 every game, but it's not going to happen," Terreson said. "But 1-0 has kind of been something we've learned to adapt to. The defense does an amazing job."

Terreson and the defense stepped up again Saturday in a 1-0 win over Tulpehocken. Sara Rutkowski scored the only goal as the Scouts finally got to the state tournament with their 50th win in the last three seasons.

"It's awesome," said Rutkowski, a senior. "We've been waiting since my sophomore year when we lost our game to be able to go to states."

The Scouts will play West Perry (15-3), another team that has made its share of playoff appearances with few titles to show for them.

The other Class AA semifinal will be the third meeting of the season between Brandywine and Hamburg. The Bullets won both games, 2-1 and 4-1.

Wilson will face perennial power Warwick (21-1-2) for the first time since their 2004 3-AAA championship battle won by Warwick in penalty strokes on its home field.

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