Mars girls fall on penalty kicks – Butler Eagle

Planets soccer crew has unbeaten run finish in WPIAL 3A semifinal

DORMONT — Mars had reached the WPIAL Class 3A ladies soccer championship recreation six straight seasons. Prying a seventh consecutive look away from the Planets didn’t determine to be straightforward for South Fayette and it definitely was not Tuesday night time.

After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer and three rounds of penalty kicks, the Lions lastly left the sphere victorious in a district semifinal at Dormont Stadium.

After making 21 saves on the night time, Mars goalie Kate McEnroe did not cease a shot by South Fayette’s Mia Deramo, successful PKs for the Lions by a depend of 3-2.

“Kate performed a fantastic recreation,” stated Mars coach Blair Gerlach. “We felt assured that she might cease sufficient penalty kicks and we might rating on three or 4 of our personal, nevertheless it didn’t occur.”

Lily Wolf and Rosie Pellegrino discovered the web on their probabilities for Mars (16-1) to match profitable boots from the Lions’ Alex Delaney and Anna Fraps. However South Fayette goalie Caitlyn Thompson, who wanted to make simply three saves in regulation and two overtimes, denied the Planets on 4 different pictures whereas one other sailed excessive of the web.

“Caitlyn was incredible tonight,” South Fayette coach Nick Rosser stated of his sophomore goalie. “We work on PKs each day in apply.”

In contrast to the Lions (13-4-2), Mars struggled producing pictures on purpose for the overwhelming majority of the sport. Thompson was not known as on to make her first save till she stopped a long-range try from the Planets within the 78th minute.

“South Fayette has a number of velocity all around the subject,” Gerlach stated. “Once they subbed in, these gamers went simply as onerous.”

Possessions for Mars normally ended earlier than they have been in a position to problem Thompson.

On the different finish of the sphere, nevertheless, McEnroe was examined usually, making a variety of diving saves to maintain the sport scoreless.

“The strain we utilized, that’s what we do,” stated Rosser. “We play in such a troublesome part, towards Moon and Montour, we’ve been taking part in playoff-type soccer all 12 months.”

Whereas denied an opportunity to play for one more WPIAL title, the Planets should not finished. By reaching the semifinal spherical, they’d already clinched a berth into the state playoffs. They’ll on Thursday face the loser of Tuesday’s different semifinal between Moon and Montour at a time and website to be decided to resolve seeding for the PIAA event.


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