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Nov. 9, 2019 — Oley (Pa.) Valley 3, New Hope-Solebury (Pa.) 1

WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The New Hope-Solebury field hockey team earned a 1-0 lead in the first seven minutes of a PIAA Class A quarterfinal match against an Oley (Pa.) Valley side that had scored 151 goals as a team this season.

The problem: there were 53 minutes to go.

“I had to tell them that there was a lot of game to play,” said OV head coach Tiffany Cappellano. “We just had to stick to the game plan and make it happen.”

Part of that game plan: make sure that senior Sophia Gladieux has the ball. Just three minutes after the Lions opened their account, Gladieux, one of only five scholastic field hockey players to ever score more than 200 goals in a career, made a curving run into the final third of the pitch and let the ball run ahead of her as it touched the yellow line of the striking circle.

Gladieux lanced at the ball with her backhand and it sliced into the back of the goal with a ping off the wooden backboard. Golazo!

It was an extraordinary gilt-edged strike, which was the first goal that New Hope-Solebury, the PIAA District 1-A champions, had conceded all season. That goal spurred a three-goal run for the Lynx in just about 13 minutes as Oley Valley advanced in the bracket with a 3-1 win.

“We knew they had a good skill level, considering they came into the game not giving up a goal all season,” Gladieux said. “So breaking that early in the game gave us confidence and motivation to keep going.”

“Our goal gave us a lift,” said New Hope-Solebury head coach Gwen Smith. “But it gave (Oley Valley) a lift, too.”

After Gladieux’s golazo, she knocked in a penalty stroke seven minutes later, then played decoy as teammate Sophia Mackrella banged in a 1-Up to make the halftime score 3-1.

“Knowing that those younger kids are looking to me to do those skills that Coach tells us to do make you want to put on a good show,” Gladieux said. “They look up to you.”

“Those are big goals,” Cappellano said. “Had we given up another goal (in the second half), it would have been a different ballgame.”

Oley Valley’s defense held in the second half, despite NHS’s best attempts to pull one back.

“What we take pride in is playing to our fullest potential,” said Cappellano. “It’s a collective decision that we make. The fact that they were able to buckle down and play good defense was huge.”

“We had our opportunities, but we didn’t make it happen,” Smith said. “We knew this was a team that was going to score, and we had to prepare for that.”

OLEY VALLEY (24-1) 3 0 — 3
NEW HOPE-SOLEBURY (22-1) 1 0 — 1
NHS: Erin Burke (Annelise Dahlin), pc, 8th
OV: Sophia Gladieux, fg, 11th
OV: Gladieux, ps, 18th
OV: Sophia Mackrell (Sarah Beers), pc, 24th
Shots — OV: 8; NHS: 4. Saves — OV: Cassidy Drobek 3; NHS: Lydia Eastburn 4, defensive 1


POSTGAME New Hope-Solebury got here thanks to an excellent defense, including a penalty corner defense unit which has been nothing short of extraordinary. Indeed, it took Oley a couple of trick plays, including ending corner criteria early, to score

POSTGAME While Gladieux was her usual excellent self, teammates Sophia Mackrella and Sarah Beers also stepped up

POSTGAME New Hope-Solebury hammered at the dam for a good three minutes early in the first half, getting the opening goal. However, Oley Valley struck back for three in 13 minutes to close out the half

FULL TIME And the siren goes with Oley Valley beating New Hope-Solebury 3-1

56:36 Timeout, NHS

54:00 NHS PC The Lions are in business but cannot get off a shot

51:32 Timeout, NHS

49:95 NHS PC Option right but the pass is way off target

46:33 NHS PC Flick is saved!

45:03 OV PC Gladieux is defensed

41:02 OV PC Duffed shot is cleared by the Lion defense

38:00 OV PC Option right is tackled by Carolyn Thistlewaite

36:22 Timeout, Oley Valley

34:00 NHS with a breakaway! But the resulting shot attempt is way wide!

32:30 NHS PC Shot is saved; rebound goes wide!

30:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME One observation: the turf at Whitehall has been replaced since last year. It is less bouncy and the field hockey arc is a bright yellow instead of the same white color as the soccer penalty arc

HALFTIME The early Lions goal gave them hope, but it only spurred on Oley, as they took advantage of their chances

HALFTIME The siren goes with the Lynx up 3-1

23:18 PV PC and GOAL Sophia Mackrella pounds a 1-up from Sarah Beers and OV leads 3-1

20:00 OV PC Gladieux is defensed; Lions ball

17:16 OV PS Gladieux puts it in and the Lynx lead 2-1

17:00 OV PC An option left is shot into the body of a NHS back; a stroke is called!

15:55 OV 1-up is saved!

15:20 OV PC Defensed!

14:08 OV PC A little overpassing leads to a foot

12:30 OV PC Option-left to Gladieux, whose backhander sizzles wide

10:06 That’s the first goal NHS has conceded this season!

10:06 OV GOAL Sophia Gladieux with a backhand at the top of the circle and it bangs in! Golazo! Game tied 1-1

7:18 NHS PC and GOAL Shot by Erin Burke deflects off an OV stick and goes in! 1-0 NHS

6:30 NHS Shot from an open area is saved! But will re-rack for danger

5;45 NHS Shot is blocked; will re-rack

5:15 NHS PC Option right is sniffed out

2:00 OV PC Shot blocked by the NHS defense

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Oley Valley is in the all-blue with white letters, NHS is in the white with blue numbers

PREGAME Something has to give, and it will interesting to see what happens when that “something” happens. Will the NHS defense collapse on Gladieux? Will NHS lose cohesion if they give up a goal?

PREGAME This is the ultimate confrontation between offense and defense. New Hope has not allowed a goal all season, while Oley Valley senior Sophia Gladieux has 201 career goals

PREGAME Hello and welcome to the Zephyr-Coplay Complex in Whitehall Township, Pa. for this PIAA Class A quarterfinal matchup between Oley (Pa.) Valley and New Hope-Solebury (Pa.)