KINGSTON – Wyoming Seminary head coach Karen Klassner was a little concerned about her team’s long layoff heading into the District 2 Class 2A semifinals.
She didn’t need to be.
Four different players scored a goal as the top-seeded Blue Knights played a nearly flawless game in a 4-1 win against Dallas at Klassner Field. Wyoming Seminary (16-1) advances to the championship game where it will face No. 2 seed Crestwood (14-3) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Spartan Stadium in Kingston.
The Blue Knights entered the contest having not played a game since defeating Lackawanna Trail 11 days ago in a special playoff for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division I championship.
“We’ve been working a lot on our game during the layoff,” said Klassner. “We were on all cylinders tonight. Everyone played well, from the goal cage on up.”
The Wyoming Seminary defense did a nice job containing Dallas standout Tara Puffenberger. The Mountaineer senior did not score a goal as her team was held to just three shots.
“We needed to move the ball and we needed to control Tara. And I think we did that,” said Klassner. “I thought Devon (Gagliardi), Kelsey (Kolojejchick), Katrina Domiano and all of our seniors really stepped up.”
It was a freshman, however, who got things going offensively for the Blue Knights while AshLeigh Sebia scored off an assist from Kolojejchick with 14:14 remaining in the first half. Nine minutes later, Seminary used outstanding stick skills to take a 2-0 lead.
The play started on a little give-and-go between Gagliardi and Sunny Stirewalt. Gagliardi moved the ball into the circle and made a beautiful pass to Ja Ja Kentwell, who pushed the ball into the cage. Kolojejchick and Stirewalt added unassisted goals in the second half as Seminary increased its lead to 4-0.
“My assistant coach and I were just talking about how four different players scored for (Seminary). It’s not like one player dominated us,” said Dallas head coach Kylie Rosengrant. “I’m proud of the way our girls played and how far they got this season. I couldn’t ask anything more from them.”
Dana Krawetz scored an unassisted goal for Dallas with 1:24 remaining in the game as the Mountaineers avoided the shutout.
“Dallas had a nice season,” said Klassner. “They had some nice players. I think we took them out of their game tonight. Not much went wrong for us. It’s hard to counteract that.”
The Seminary coach wasn’t very happy when she found out about her team’s playoff layoff. So did the time off help the Blue Knights?
“We’ll find out Wednesday,” said Klassner.
First half : 1. SEM, AshLeigh Sebia (Kelsey Kolojejchick) 14:14; 2. SEM, Ja Ja Kentwell (Devon Gagliardi) 5:12. Second half: 3. SEM, Kolojejchick (unassisted) 21:19; 4. SEM, Sunny Stirewalt (unassisted) 6:54; 5. DAL, Dana Krawetz (unassisted).
Shots: SEM 13, DAL 3. Saves: SEM 2 (Sierra Segear), DAL 6 (Meghan Martin). Corners: SEM 9, DAL 2.