HERSHEY — The Cumberland Valley Eagles dominated Boiling Springs on their way to a 4-0 victory on Tuesday night in the Mid-Penn Conference semifinals at Hershey High School.
From the opening whistle, Cumberland Valley (14-3-1, 10-1-1 Commonwealth) controlled the play as it kept the ball in its offensive end for most of the first half. Nicole Pologruto put the Eagles on the board early when she knocked home a rebound off the post seconds after inserting the ball on a penalty corner.
“In warm-ups they were very composed,” Cumberland Valley head coach Ashley Taylor said. “They weren’t very frantic or too nervous. They were just excited to be here and excited to play with each other so that definitely helped. It took away my nerves at least.”
Cumberland Valley, representing the Commonwealth Division, kept the pressure up and cashed in as junior Sam Krebs rocketed a shot into the cage off a feed from Alyssa Hoffman at 11:35. Six minutes later, Hoffman, a freshman, scored on a loose ball in front of the net to push the advantage to 3-0, which the Eagles would carry into halftime.
Cumberland Valley was patient and efficient with its possessions as it outshot Boiling Springs 10-0 in the first half.
“Our girls did a really nice job possessing the ball and passing back and forth and waiting until they saw the open pass instead of just getting rid of the ball,” Taylor said. “They had very smart possessions. They did a good job executing what we asked them to.”
Despite being stymied in the first half, Boiling Springs (13-4-1, 11-0-1 Colonial) showed signs of life after the break as the Bubblers’ offense had opportunities and chances in the circle. Boiling Springs, which secured the Colonial Division title on Monday with a 2-1 win over Big Spring, had four penalty corners and five shots on goal in the second half but were turned away by Cumberland Valley goalie Becca Harbert, who secured the shutout with five saves.
“We knew we had to defend their post play,” Taylor said. “They’ve scored a lot of goals from post and they do a great job of getting those tips, so we knew that if they got in the circle that we needed someone marking that girl to keep it out. The goal was obviously to keep it out of the circle and overall they did a good job of that.”
Carly Galbreth minded the Boiling Springs’ goal and kept Kortney Showers’ squad within striking distance as the freshman keeper tallied double-digit saves in the losing effort. One she couldn’t stop finalized the scoring for Cumberland Valley at 25:18 of the second half, as Maddie Brown-Scherer stick-handled around Galbreth for the Eagles’ fourth and final goal of the night.
Cumberland Valley will face Hershey, 3-2 winners over East Pennsboro, in the nightcap for the Mid-Penn Conference Championship on Thursday night at 7 back at Hershey High School.
Hershey takes down East Pennsboro
East Pennsboro fell in a close one 3-2 to Hershey in the other Mid-Penn semifinals.
The Trojans struck first in the first half, but the Panthers came out flying in the second, notching a goal at 29:17 from Aimee Buffington to tie it up. Jenna White notched the second goal to give the Panthers the lead 2-1, but Hershey kept on the offensive, scoring two unanswered goals (Shaelyn Tatara, Maddie Zimmer) to secure the win.