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Top-seeded Indians rout PA

Published November 02. 2009 05:00PM

Two postponements and a 48-hour delay didn't faze top-seeded Lehighton.

The unbeaten Indians shook off a later than anticipated start to the District 11 Class AA field hockey playoffs by breezing to a 5-2 victory over Pen Argyl on Friday afternoon.

"We were ready to play Wednesday, we were ready to play Thursday, and we were ready to play today," said Lehighton's Abby Frey, who had a goal and an assist in the game. "The postponements didn't bother us because we're always ready to play. We could play again right now."

Frey was the one who got the Indians rolling when she took a feed from Jordyn Homyak and banged it home with 19:38 left in the opening half.

The Indians' Cori McConville made it 2-0 when she drilled a rocket into the top corner of the net from about 10 yards out with 5:29 left in the half.

"The girls were anxious to finally get out and play," said Lehighton coach Shawn Hindy. "I thought once we got that first goal we started rolling and played pretty well.

"We did a nice job keeping the pressure on their defense. We had a lot of corners and we capitalized on them for our first two goals."

Lehighton (21-0) kept the pressure on in the second half as Rachel Werley scored twice in the opening nine minutes to make it 4-0. Frey and Echo Bretz had the assists on Werley's goals.

"Lehighton is a talented team that puts a lot of pressure on your defense," said Pen Argyl coach Fran Rowley. "Their pressure forces you into mistakes.

"I thought we played as well as we have all year and our goalie (Amanda Knitter) made a ton of saves (18), but Lehighton was just too strong."

Pen Argyl (8-11) finally got on the board with just over 16 minutes remaining on a length of the field scoring run by Kiersten Young.

Tiff Harleman answered less than two minutes later for the Indians on a rebound in front. The Knights' Taylor Moyer then closed out the scoring with 13:04 remaining.

"I thought we had a pretty good offensive performance," said Hindy. "We had five goals and had plenty of opportunities to get more.

"Considering that this isn't the ideal playing surface for us, I was pleased with how we did. We're a fast team and this was a slow, muddy, grass field. All our games the rest of the way will now be on turf, which plays into our strength."

Lehighton finished with a 23-8 advantage in shots on goal and a huge 25-5 edge in corners. Sarah Snyder made six saves in the Indian goal.

Lehighton advances to the D-11 Class AA semifinals where it will play Moravian Academy on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Emmaus.

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