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Wilson defeats Berks Catholic, advances to BCIAA field hockey championship game

Wilson will be playing for its first Berks field hockey title since 2010 after defeating Berks Catholic 4-0 in a BCIAA semifinal game Wednesday night at West Lawn.

The Bulldogs will face the winner of Twin Valley and Oley Valley in Saturday’s championship Alvernia at 7 p.m. The Lynx (17-1-1) and the Raiders (12-7) square off Thursday at 7 p.m. at Oley after the game was postponed Wednesday.

“I’m excited for the team,” Wilson coach Kim Underwood said. “They worked hard. They’ve worked hard. All summer and all fall for this time to be here and it’s exciting.”

Erika Culp scored a goal and had two assists to help lead the second-seeded Bulldogs (18-1-1) over the third-seeded Saints (17-3).

Wilson controlled possession and outshot Berks Catholic 24-3, and also had 24-3 advantage in corners.

“We have girls that work really hard on team defense,” Underwood said. “So (there is) a lot of communication on how to be effective. They have some great players, Berks Catholic does, some really strong girls that can bring the ball down the field. (We were) just communicating and working together to stop the aggressive pressure that they’re able to put on the game.”

The Bulldogs scored once in every quarter. Rachel Forkin made 17 saves for Berks Catholic.

Emma Staron scored the opening goal with 12:36 remaining in the first quarter and was assisted by Culp.

Culp scored with 9:06 left in the second quarter off an assisted from Alexis Hoffman.

Ashlyn Rowe scored early in the third quarter as Culp had her second assist of the night,

Grace Chisholm capped the scoring late in the fourth off an assisted from Catherine Arentz.

“I was really pumped because I just got hit in the wrist,” Chisholm said about her goal. “So I think it (getting hit) brought a lot of energy because I was like, ‘We got to put like few more in the cage.’ It’s a big game and we dominated this game so I think just putting more (goals) in would show that we dominated.”

For Chisholm, a senior, advancing to the county final for the first time since 2019 is the culmination of years of hard work for a Wilson team loaded with veteran leadership.

“We’ve been working for so long, all together for these four years,” Chisholm said. “This big group of 17 seniors I think we put a lot of work in, and I think it’s all showing and I think that it’s going to really show in the county ‘chip.”


Source: Berkshire mont

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