Tulpehocken falls to Trinity in district title match

The Tulpehocken High School girls’ soccer team went as far as they could go in the District 3-A Tournament without winning a championship. After winning their way to the championship match, the Lady Trojans lost to Trinity, 1-0 in overtime.

Trinity, the top seed in the tournament, got a goal from Ashley Rogliano with less than two minutes remaining in the second overtime to give Trinity the win.

Trinity came into the match with an impressive record of 18-1-2. But Tulpehocken played right with them throughout the match, and outshooting Trinity, 7-5. Although it was a disappointing loss for the Trojans, head coach Paul Zerbe was happy with his team’s performance.

“We weren’t happy losing in the final,but overall it was quite a accomplishment for us to reach the district final for the third straight season,’ said Zerbe. “It says a lot about the Tulpehocken girls’ soccer program. We had to deal with several key injuries, but found a way to piece together a successful season winning 15 out of our last 18 games.

Darian Gordon and Shayna Bashore shared time in goal for Tulpehocken.

“I don’t believe there was one thing that was a factor in our loss,’ said Zerbe. “I feel Trinity is one of the best teams in the state, and we for the most part, were even or a little better than them throughout the game. I feel we also deserved to win and played a very good game against a good opponent.

On Oct. 27, the Lady Trojans advanced to the championship match by defeating Mount Calvary in the semifinals, 1-0. Victoria Stump scored the lone goal of the match with an assist going to Taylor Boyer.

The Trojans dominated much of the match, dispite the close score. They outshot Mount Calvary, 7-1. Gordon made the only save in goal she needed to make to record the shutout.

Tulpehocken defeated York Catholic in the quarterfinals, 3-2. Boyer led the offense with a goal and one assist, while Danielle Bressler and Kristen Ziegler each had one goal. Allyson Evans had one assist.

Although they lost the championship match, it has still been a very good season for the Trojans. They qualifiedd for the country tournament for the 13th straight season, and qualified for the district tournament for the 12th time in 14 years.

The state tournament got underway on Nov. 4, but due to our press deadline, we are unable to report the results of the match. Coach Zerbe believes his team can go far in the tournament.

“The state tournament will be a very competitive tournament,’ said Zerbe. “We will have to continue to defend at a high level as we did in the district final, and also will have to make sure we take care of our scoring chances and play as close to mistake free soccer as we can. “

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