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Hamburg is last Berks field hockey team standing

Posted Sunday, November 12, 2006 by Rippey

Hamburg is last Berks field hockey team standing
The Hawks reach the PIAA semifinals for the first time since 1999. Undefeated Selinsgrove ends Conrad Weiser's season.

By Brian Rippey
Reading Eagle

COLONIAL PARK Clinging to a one-goal lead midway through the second half, Hamburg needed a spark.
Goalie Jordan Strausser stepped in, make that, dove in to provide it.

Strausser stopped a potential game-tying penalty stroke, and Hamburg responded with two goals to defeat Indian Valley 3-0 Saturday night at Central Dauphin's Landis Field in a PIAA Tournament Class AA quarterfinal game.

The victory makes Hamburg (20-6) the last Berks County field hockey team remaining in the state tournament.

Conrad Weiser had its season ended in the first game of the doubleheader with a 2-1 loss to undefeated Selinsgrove.

Hamburg advances to the state semifinals for the first time since 1999 to face District 1 champion Upper Perkiomen Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.

"I think Jordan's save definitely gave us a lift," Hamburg's Caitlin Prutzman said. "I think that shifted the momentum for us."

The Hawks, who got a goal from Jenna Moyer with 3:57 left in the first half, fought off an early flurry by Indian Valley (14-7-2) in the second half.

Later in the half, Indian Valley was back in the circle again with a shot that Strausser fell on, giving Indian Valley a penalty stroke.

Sarah Parks tried to push the ball into the corner, but Strausser dove to her left to deflect the ball wide.

"She's been steady on penalty strokes," Hamburg coach Becky Seidel said. "She just reads the ball well."

Two minutes later, Prutzman scored an insurance goal by deflecting in a shot by A.J. Baer off a penalty corner. Prutzman assisted on the final goal by Jamie Stabile on a two-on-one break with 2:55 left.

The outcome keeps western teams winless in 10 state quarterfinal appearances and scoreless in the last seven. But the Hamburg players realized it wasn't a typical 3-0 game.

"It was definitely a fight," Prutzman said. "We all had to pull together.

Selinsgrove (25-0) dominated much of the game against the Scouts (20-6-1). But when Kelsey Pachuilo scored off an assist from Sara Rutkowski with 2:35 left, Conrad Weiser was within a goal.

The Seals held on after benefiting from a shot that took a strange bounce into the goal with eight minutes left off the stick of Morgan Fleetwood to give them a needed insurance goal.

"We showed our mettle today," said Ann Schmidt, co-coach of the Scouts along with Mel Sunderland. "It was a tough goal to take at the end. It took a bad bounce; it happens; it's part of the game."

The Seals, who outshot the Scouts 12-1, reached the state semifinals for the first time after suffering nine quarterfinals losses.

"It's a huge hump to get over," Selinsgrove coach Cathy Keiser said. "I really believe in this team. They have that extra something special about them."

Alicia Mayer scored with just one minute left in the first half off a penalty corner after Scouts goalie Erin Terreson had withstood several offensive charges. Terreson finished with nine saves.

Conrad Weiser got its first penalty corner early in the second half, but couldn't get off a shot. The Scouts were unable to mount much of a threat until the closing minutes.

"Both Mel and I are so proud of the way are girls have played all year." Schmidt said. "It's been a terrific season."

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