PIAA Girls Soccer: Stoga Dashes CB West’s Hopes for an Autumn 2010 Championship Run

Many a soccer match has come and gone this season. And the Lady Bucks of CB West certainly had the track record going into last Saturday’s quarterfinal match to work their almost-uncanny magic — much the way they had done throughout their regular season. But on Saturday, the Lady Bucks’ magic didn’t materialize when needed, as the Pioneers from Conestoga dashed CB West’s hopes for a championship run with a 2-1 victory — just under 3 minutes into the first overtime period.

Getting into overtime however was anything but routine, as the ladies from Stoga applied some of the most intense pressure the Lady Bucks have endured this season. And it wasn’t until the second period of regulation play that the Lady Bucks, showing a renewed sense of vigor, seriously threatened and ultimately succeeded in getting a ball through Stoga’s defense and into the goal — giving the Lady Bucks an early second period lead 1-0. (The first goal of the game was actually scored late in the first period by Stoga within seconds after a tough collision left CB West’s senior goalie Bree Benedict dazed on the field. That goal and the ensuing celebration were short-lived, however, due to an off-sides call against Stoga by one of the officials — resulting in what remained a scoreless, but intensely played, first period of regulation play.)

With nearly 10 minutes remaining in the second period of regulation play, Stoga tied the score 1-1 and almost scored a would-be victory goal in regulation. But 3 minutes of OT were required to officially call it a Conestoga victory — giving the Lady Bucks an earlier exit than planned from the PIAA Autumn 2010 Ladies Soccer Championship.

Our HD WebShow recaps much of the intensity with which the game was played, and highlights the emotional highs and lows that come when the harsh reality of a lost game in a single-elimination tournament sends one team home for the season despite their best efforts.

For those visitors on a slower broadband connection, you are invited to click this link to view our WebShow in a smaller, less resource-intensive video window. We’ll also post these and other images from the quarterfinal match in a PIAA Autumn 2010 Girls Soccer Championship photo gallery, located in the online proofing section of our web site — where you can view the images at your own pace.

Conestoga will now face District 12′s top-seed Archbishop Wood on Tuesday, November 16th in one of this season’s semifinal soccer matches — with the winner of that match earning a bus ride out to Hershey to play in this season’s final ladies soccer match on Saturday, November 20th.

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