WHITEHALL — Oley Valley earned a spot in the state championship for the second time in three years on Tuesday night.
The Lynx defeated Wyoming Area 2-0 in the PIAA Class 1A field hockey semifinals at Zephyr Sports Complex. Oley Valley advances to its third state final in six years and for the fifth time in school history.
The District 3 champion Lynx (24-2) played stout defense throughout. The District 2 runner-up Warriors (19-4) had five shots and 11 corners, but were unable to find the back of the net.
“Defensively, we had to come up big tonight because Wyoming Area put a lot of pressure on us,” Oley Valley coach Tiffany Cappellano said. “We had another good defensive performance and I think that we did a good job of putting numbers behind the ball.”
The Lynx opened the scoring with 15 seconds remaining in the first quarter, as junior Alexandra Lopez scored off of a corner. Oley Valley finished with six corners.
The Lynx doubled their lead with just over six minutes remaining in the second quarter. Off of a corner, Lopez fired a shot and sophomore Mia Woodard scored on the deflection.
“One thing that we did talk about in between the quarters was just dumping the ball into the circle in order to try to create attacking opportunities,” Cappellano said. “Earning those corners was huge, because that’s where we were scoring our goals.”
Oley will take on District 2 champ Wyoming Seminary — which beat the Lynx 1-0 in double overtime in 2019 final — in the championship game Saturday at 10 a.m. at Whitehall. The Blue Knights defeated Line Mountain 6-0 in the semifinals.
“We have to get into (the) flow of our game,” Cappellano said about Saturday’s matchup. “We’re going to have to come out and compete.”
Source: Berkshire mont