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Twin Valley downs Berks Catholic in District 3 field hockey opener

Regaining the intensity after a big Berks County championship game win has proved difficult for a lot of teams.

Twin Valley struggled with that early Wednesday in its District 3 Class 2A first-round field hockey game against Berks Catholic.

But when the visiting Saints sent the Twin Valley an early wake-up call, the Raiders responded.

Twin Valley answered a quick score by Berks Catholic with nine unanswered goals to earn a 9-1 win and advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Natali Foster scored four goals to move into second place on Berks County’s all-time scoring list and Emma Winther had two goals and three assists to lead Twin Valley (20-2) to its second win of the season over Berks Catholic (9-10).

“We had a little bit slow of a start,” Winther said. “But I think that goal kind of pushed us to step up our game and play the game that we know.”

No. 15 seed Berks Catholic scored just over five minutes into the game when Giana Mirenda scored off an assist from Aubreigh Uba. But just like in the regular season game, it was all Raiders after that.

Twin Valley, which won its second straight BCIAA title four days earlier, will host the winner of the Donegal-Garden Spot game Saturday at 1 p.m.

No. 2 seed Twin Valley scored three times in the first quarter to take control. Hadley Munn scored the first goal and assisted on Foster’s first goal. In between Winther notched her first goal.

“I think we came out kind of flat,” said Twin Valley coach Kim Walsh. “The first game after winning counites is always tough for us. We just had to settle in and do what we needed to do.”

It was 5-1 by halftime after Winther tipped in a shot by Foster and Collette Lennon scored off an assist from Adriana Hall.

In the second half, Foster scored three goals to give her 131 for her career and Winther had three assists, including one on a goal by Laura Sosko.

“It feels good sharing the ball with all my teammates,” Winther said. “Just knowing that this could have been our possible last game for the seniors, that’s what really motivated us to play as a squad.”

 


Source: Berkshire mont

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