Central Valley survives shootout vs. South Park
Olivia Pritt was mad. Coach Mark Perry was given a yellow card for arguing with an official. The whole exhausted Central Valley bench was upset.
Karina Fratangeli and Robyn Hampe saved the Warriors from leaving Chartiers Valley feeling livid.
Hampe made 10 saves through regulation and two overtimes and made another big stop during the shootout, Fratangeli had the shootout's winning tally, and Central Valley beat South Park, 1-0, in a WPIAL Class AA girls soccer quarterfinal Wednesday.
The shootout immediately followed what appeared to be a winning goal by Pritt as the horn sounded to end the second overtime. Officials ruled that time had expired before the ball crossed the goal line.
“I was pretty mad,” Pritt said. “I saw (South Park goalkeeper Krista Mosi's) hand was in the air, and (the ball) was past it before the buzzer.
“I was pretty upset, but I would have been so mad if we lost.”
Any chance of that happening ended when Hampe, a freshman, dived to her right to stop Niki Mazur's shot, the ninth taken in the shootout.
Katie Alexander and Molly Delostrino also scored in the shootout for No. 3 Central Valley (16-0-2), which won the shootout, 3-2. Taylor Barum and Kylie Snodgrass had shootout goals for No. 6 South Park (13-5-1).
“I told (Hampe), ‘If you make one save, I thought we could (win),' ” Perry said. “And she made two for us because one was missed.
“All year, everyone's been saying, ‘A freshman keeper, you've got to shoot on her, you've got to shoot on her.' She's not the most technical goalkeeper, but the ball doesn't get by her.”
Hampe has 10 shutouts this season and has not allowed a goal in two playoff games. She has allowed only nine goals in 18 games this season.
“(The shootout) was actually pretty crazy,” Hampe said. “I was very nervous. I was probably shaking the whole time.”
Maybe, but Hampe didn't look it. A Kat Hartner shot beat her to Hampe's right side — but it was taken before the whistle had blown, meaning Hartner had to shoot again. The nervous freshman coolly outwitted Hartner, a junior, guessing correctly that the follow-up shot was going to the opposite side.
“You've got to win the game in regulation because anything can happen in a shootout,” South Park coach Shelly Thropp said.
The Warriors will play the winner of No. 2 Moon and Yough on Tuesday.
Chris Adamski is a freelance writer