Penn-Trafford field hockey stays alive with OT win
By Matt Grubba
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
Penn-Trafford's field hockey team is still the reigning WPIAL Class AAA champion until this year's is crowned.
But thanks to a critical win Thursday, it also remained a defending champion.
Two goals by Sydney Pribanic allowed the Warriors to rally and win at Pine-Richland, 3-2 in overtime, and keep themselves alive in the Section 1-AAA playoff hunt.
At 6-2-1 in the section, the Warriors needed to win in their section finale against Norwin, and hope that unbeaten North Allegheny (9-0-0) won or tied in its finale against Pine-Richland (7-2-0). Both games were scheduled for Tuesday, after this edition's deadline.
“We did what we could to put ourselves in the best position,” Penn-Trafford coach Cindy Dutt said.
“I hate leaving it in someone else's hands, but we were out of it if we didn't win (against Pine-Richland).”
P-T was less than 11 minutes from being out of the running completely against the Rams, as the Warriors trailed, 2-1.
But Pribanic pounced on the rebound of an Isabel Siergiej shot to tie the game, and five minutes into overtime, she corralled a deflected shot by Amanda Steffey and fired the ball past Rams' goalie Abi Scherer for the winner.
“I'm so excited. This is surreal. I wanted it so bad,” Pribanic said. “Overtime was really intense, but I felt like we had it the whole time. I believe in my team.”
Both of Pribanic's goals and the opening goal by Steffey came from P-T penalty corners, an area of the game at which the Warriors had struggled.
But with five of them in the overtime period, it was only a matter of time before the Warriors got their third goal.
“We've not been executing our penalty corners very well, and it looked like we ran the same corner (play) a third time in a row,” Dutt said. “(Pine-Richland) defended it well, but that third time, the ball got through, and we got that second shot.”
Regardless of whether P-T makes a return trip to the playoffs or if Tuesday turned out to be the end of the line, Pribanic and her teammates intend to finish the year playing like the defending champs.
“We're going to stay focused the whole time,” Pribanic said. “We're going to stay intense and go try our hardest to win WPIALs again.”
Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Analysis: Kesler still on Pens’ radar as Shero aims to bring back ‘Big 3’
- ‘Un-American’? That’s Harry Reid, the Senate’s lowly smear artist
- Starkey: Steelers know when to say goodbye
- Penguins GM Shero’s deadline deals: Addition by subtraction
- Pirates’ big risk with pitch-heavy draft focus might soon pay off
- Ex-Colts executive Polian: Approach free agency with caution
- Ukrainians steel to resist Russian aggression
- With so many needs, Steelers can ill afford to miss in draft
- Vietnam says it may have found missing jet’s door
- Penguins minor league report: Defenseman Dumoulin optimistic for home stretch
- Greensburg bishop’s time at helm draws to a close