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Scouts turn away Hawks to claim 3-AA title

Posted Sunday, November 05, 2006 by Rippey

Scouts turn away Hawks to claim 3-AA title
Thanks to clutch goalkeeping by Erin Terreson, Conrad Weiser shuts out Hamburg to claim its first district title in 25 years.

By Brian Rippey
Reading Eagle

HERSHEY Conrad Weiser goalie Erin Terreson couldn't find the words to describe how she shut out Hamburg to give the Scouts their first District 3-AA field hockey title in 25 years.
Perhaps she should borrow a word from teammate Jamie Salvador. Amazing.

Terreson made 10 saves Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium and the Scouts scored two quick goals in the opening minutes of the second half to defeat Hamburg 2-0 in the championship game.

After the Scouts were held without a shot or penalty corner in the first half, Salvador scored 25 seconds into the second half and assisted on a goal by Darrah Rachman 2:02 later.

"It was pretty amazing," Salvador said. "I'm so excited I don't even know what to say. It's amazing that we can come so far with so many struggles."

The victory moves the Scouts (19-5-1) into the PIAA Tournament to face District 11 runner-up Moravian Academy Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Exeter. The Hawks (18-6) will open the state tournament Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Exeter against District 4 runner-up Midd-West.

The first all-Berks final since 1998 coupled with Brandywine's win in the third-place game gave Berks County a sweep of the top three places.

The Hawks dominated in the first half, taking five shots and getting four penalty corners. But each time it looked like Hamburg was going to score, Terreson denied the Hawks.

Terreson was just as solid in the second half, turning away five more shots, including one in which she made a full extension and just deflected the ball wide with her glove.

"Those are saves you don't see until after they happen," Terreson said. "Quite honestly, I don't even remember seeing that ball until I hit the ground. There are some saves you don't even know you do until afterwards."

After the medals were awarded and Conrad Weiser players corralled the trophy, both coaches pointed to Terreson as the difference.

Hamburg finished with advantages of 10-4 in shots and 7-3 in corners but was shut out for the third time this season. The loss was the fourth without a win for the Hawks in 3-AA championship games.

"Their goalie had an excellent game," Hamburg coach Becky Seidel said. "She really kept them in the game."

"She was outstanding," said Ann Schmidt, co-coach of the Scouts along with Mel Sunderland. "Those looked like goals. She just came out of nowhere and did what she's been doing for us for so long. I think holding them out of the goal in the first half was real important."

Terreson's effort sparked her teammates coming out of the halftime break.

Salvador made a lunging shot on a ball hit into the circle to break the scoreless tie. Before the buzz in the crowd quited, Salvador passed to Rachman, who beat Jordan Strausser for an insurance goal.

"In the second half we just came out and executed and figured them out," Terreson said. "We completely executed everything. I think our second half was just perfect."

Another word that described Terreson's play.

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