Back in October, Strath Haven edged Penncrest in overtime to spoil senior night. On Friday, the Lions got even.
Sam Woolery scored with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter to give eighth-seeded Penncrest a 2-1 victory over the ninth-seeded Panthers in the opening round of the Central League field hockey tournament.
Strath Haven struck first when Violet Barton scored off a corner. Junior Sophia Talone leveled the score to set the stage for Woolery to win it.
Penncrest advances to take on top-seeded Conestoga in Monday’s quarterfinals.
In other opening-round action:
Marple Newtown 4, Springfield 0 >> Kylie Giola scored all the goals to send the sixth-seeded Tigers into the quarterfinals against third-seeded Radnor.
Giola converted a pass from Olivia Ebersole in the first quarter, tallied an unassisted goal in the second period and found the back of the cage twice in the third quarter, one off an assist from Izzy Thomas. Goalie Maya Thiruselvam made four saves to post the shutout.
Leah Hall set the tone with 22 assists and five digs as seventh-seeded Penncrest knocked off No. 10 Radnor, 3-0, in the opening round of the Central League volleyball tournament.
The Lions won 25-21, 25-12, 25-23 to advance to Monday’s quarterfinals at No. 2 Garnet Valley (3:45 p.m.). Liz Kurcon collected 19 digs, nine kills and five aces. Madison Marinelli had 24 digs and Liv Carney pitched in with eight kills and four digs.
The Central League tournament begins Satuday. Conestoga is the top seed on the boys side, followed by Radnor, Lower Merion and Marple Newtown. The top four teams received a bye to the quarterfinals.
In Saturday’s first round, ninth-seeded Strath Haven visits No. 8 Penncrest at Noon. No. 12 Upper Darby is at No. 5 Harriton at 1. No. 7 Garnet Valley hosts No. 10 Ridley at 3 and No. 6 Haverford entertains No. 11 Springfield at 1.
On the girls side, Lower Merion is the No. 1 seed followed by Conestoga, Radnor and Penncrest.
No. 8 Harriton hosts No. 9 Haverford Saturday at 3. No. 10 Ridley is at No. 7 Strath Haven at 7 and No. 6 Springfield entertains No. 11 Marple Newtown at 1. No. 5 Garnet Valley hosts No. 12 Upper Darby Monday at 3.
The quarterfinals for both tournaments are next Tuesday, followed by the semifinals Thursday and the championship games on Saturday. The higher seed will be the home team throughout the tournament.
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