D3 girls Soccer Championship: Fleetwood vs East Pennsboro (copy)

East Pennsboro will be on an even playing field with quarterfinal opponent Villa Joseph Marie.

Sentinel file

PIAA Class 3A Girls Soccer Quarterfinals

3-2 East Pennsboro Panthers (23-1) vs. 1-1 Villa Joseph Marie Jems (15-1-4)

1 p.m. at Twin Valley High School

Last game, EP: Beat Dallas 1-0 in PIAA first round.

Last game, D: Beat Lampeter-Strasburg 2-1 in PIAA first round.

Next round: Winner of 11-1 Blue Mountain vs. 3-3 Lower Dauphin (Saturday, 3 at Cedar Crest HS).

Quick thoughts: Villa Joseph Marie, coached by Rich Finneyfrock, will be one of East Pennsboro’s toughest challenges yet and a rematch from last year’s PIAA opener... The defense matches up to the Panthers in terms of not allowing most shots to touch the back of the net, with only seven goals making it past Maria Tunney all season... VJM has won seven straight District 1 titles... Midfielder Miranda Behr is heading to the Atlantic-10’s Saint Joseph’s next year.

Quotable: “It’s a different team from last year, both teams. Looking at what they’ve done in the past this year, it looks like their defense allowed seven goals and is pretty stout, like ours. ... They have a lot of experience going into the game. The girls are looking forward to the challenge.”—East Pennsboro coach Matt Uhrich following program’s first state playoff win Thursday

Email Mallory at mmerda@cumberlink.com or follow her on Twitter @MalloryMerda

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