ROYERSFORD >> Emma Steigerwald and Taylor Platt couldn’t look at each other. “Don’t look at me!” Platt barked at her best friend and Downingtown East girls soccer teammate. But it certainly wasn’t anger between the Cougars juniors. They just couldn’t help but crack each other up while attempting to talk about the biggest win of their scholastic soccer careers. It was hard not to be giddy after Downingtown East scored two goals in the first 15 minutes and later withstood Spring-Ford’s best efforts to snatch a 2-0 victory in the District 1-AAAA fifth-place game to send the Cougars to the PIAA Championships for the first time since 2013.
“We knew they would come out and be motivated to come after us,” Platt said. “We had to hold on and keep everything out.” With players the level of Steigerwald and Platt – they are fellow captains with Warren – keeping things fun, there’s plenty of reason for smiles around Downingtown East. “They can keep the mood light and I think that’s how it should be,” Reed said. “It’s always competitive and we’re focused when we need to be focused but we want it to always be fun. When they’re playing relaxed sometimes we can put together a game like that (Saturday’s performance).” Downingtown East, as District 1’s No. 5 seed, will face District 3 champion Cumberland Valley in Tuesday’s PIAA first round.
Final: Downingtown East 2, Spring-Ford 0, 1-AAAA girls soccer playback. Cougars are on to states pic.twitter.com/bC3K6p79xh— Austin Hertzog (@AustinHertzog) November 5, 2016