Even mighty Seneca wasn’t exempt from District 10’s girls soccer struggles on Tuesday.
On a night where D-10 teams went 0-5 in the first round of the PIAA postseason, Seneca (17-1) dropped its first-ever Class 1A state playoff game to Springdale (15-4). Briana Ross scored all four goals in a 4-0 victory for the third-place finishers from District 7, leaving Seneca with the same disappointment felt by several of the area’s best squads.
“These girls have given every ounce of heart that they have,” said Seneca head coach Yvonne Hammill. “They’ve had an incredible season; all kudos to them for all the work they’ve done on and off the field.”
Ross’ four goals matched how many Seneca had previously allowed the entire season. Springdale solved Seneca’s defense in a way that no one had prior, using Ross’ speed to create breakaway chances which the junior did not miss.
“(Ross) is a force to be reckoned with,” Hammill said.” She’s a great player; you’ve got to give respect there. We struggled with it. We struggled with some sickness and some injuries tonight that we haven’t had to deal with in the last few games, but tonight we had to deal with them and that’s part of the game; you go on from there.”
End of a dream season
Seneca had plenty to celebrate before Tuesday. An undefeated regular season gave way to a thrilling D-10 semifinal against Girard, which the Bobcats won in overtime before Olivia Pikiewicz’s four-goal performance won them their first-ever D-10 crown.
They would have liked to notch another first by winning Tuesday’s PIAA debut. With 16 of 19 players returning next year, however, Seneca’s recent run of dominance doesn’t look to be ending any time soon.
“I just told them to hold their heads high,” Hammill said.” You’ve had an incredible season. It’s a season that, when you’re 30 years old, you’re going to look back and you’re going to smile.”
Mercer girls fall at WPIAL champs
D-10 Class 1A runner-up Mercer (15-5) traveled to D-7 champion Freedom (20-3), which eliminated the Mustangs with a 3-1 decision. Morgan Miller scored Mercer’s lone goal, which put the Mustangs ahead in the 26th minute before Freedom scored three unanswered.
Tuesday’s results left D-10 0-for-7 in the girls’ soccer state playoffs. McDowell dropped its Class 4A sub-regional on Saturday, Warren fell in Class 3A and Fort LeBoeuf and General McLane each lost in Class 2A.
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