Seneca Valley Soccer Rolls On With Pair Of Dramatic Wins

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It was a boys and girls doubleheader for Seneca Valley soccer in the first round of the PIAA playoffs on Tuesday at Hempfield Area High School.

It was a long night, but a good one as both squads pulled out nail-biting victories to keep their seasons alive.

In the first match, the boys team defeated Hempfield from Lancaster, 3-2 in double overtime.

After falling behind 1-0, junior Luke Rupert tied the game up just past the halfway point of the first half. The Raiders carried the momentum into the half with a goal under two minutes in the half from senior Jackson Wotus.

The Raiders held onto the one goal lead all the way until eight minutes remaining in the second half when Hempfield tied it up to force overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime, Seneca Valley delivered the game-winning goal off the foot of senior Keegan McVicker. The Raiders improve to 18-2-1 and will face District 1 runner-up, Abington, on Saturday in the PIAA quarterfinals at Chambersburg High School at 3 p.m.

The excitement continued with the girls game, with a 2-1 win in penalty kicks against Central Dauphin. The Raiders won the PK’s, 3-2. Junior Mia Zec got the Raiders on the board for a 1-0 lead with 26 minutes to play in the first half. Ten minutes later, Central Dauphin tied it up and that would be the last goal scored for the next 85 minutes of play.

In penalty kicks, Seneca Valley got the game-winning goal from junior goalkeeper Morgan Sinan. The Raiders improve to 17-2 and will face District 1 runner-up, Souderton at Chambersburg High School at 1 p.m. on Saturday.