Owen J. Roberts set for Pennridge in girls’ soccer semifinal

Posted: November 14, 2011

There have been some tough moments this season for the Owen J. Roberts girls' soccer team. The Wildcats began the season by losing four of their first six games.

Then tragedy struck. Kelsey Kramer, a junior on the team, was in an auto accident and died from her injuries. The Wildcats dedicated the remainder of the season to Kramer and went on an 11-game winning streak.

In the PIAA District 1 Class AAA semifinals, they lost, 3-1, to Council Rock North, then were beaten out by Strath Haven for the district's third-place spot in the state playoffs. Owen J. Roberts rebounded, first beating Catholic League champion Archbishop Wood, then avenging the district playoff loss to North, 1-0, Saturday in the state quarterfinals.

Coach Joe Margusity hopes that the Wildcats (19-7) can keep moving on when they face Pennridge in their state semifinal at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Harriton High.

The District 1 champion Rams enter the game with a 23-1 record, including a 1-0 win over Strath Haven in the semifinals.

"We've played our best soccer all season in the past two games," Margusity said. "We have never played Pennridge before, but I know Jorge [Rodriguez], their coach, is a very good one and they'll be ready for us.

"They are the most talented team we will face. I guess I should hope that their bus has a flat tire," he added with a chuckle.

Pennridge has arguably the best field player in the area in Stevi Parker, who has 38 goals this season.

She was held scoreless by Strath Haven in the quarterfinals, but teammate Megan Shenk curled a corner kick into the net with 45 seconds to play in the first half for the game's lone goal.

Julianna Provine has been hot in the playoffs for the Wildcats with six goals. She has 15 overall. Meghan Antrim is the Wildcats' leading goal-scorer with 18.

Tuesday's winner advances to the state championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hershey Stadium against the winner of the other Class AAA semifinal Tuesday between defending state champion Peters Township (18-3-1), the District 7 runner-up, and Upper St. Clair (18-2-1), the District 7 champion.

Jems eye AA crown

Unbeaten Villa Joseph Marie (22-0) is the other District 1 team alive in the girls' state playoffs. The Jems, looking for their 11th state crown, meet Central Valley at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hollidaysburg in one Class AA semifinal. The other semifinal pits Mars (23-0-1) against South Park (21-1-2).

Villa Joseph Marie has been among District 1's highest-scoring teams this season with 94 goals. The team has yielded just seven goals. If the Jems win their semifinal, they will play at 5 p.m. Friday at Hershey Stadium.

Contact staff writer Don Beideman at 267-815-0733 or dbeideman@pmhillynews.com.


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