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 IMG_5029BY JEFF FALK

MILLERSVILLE – Losing’s never easy. But when you’re not expecting to get there or be there, well it can remove at least part of the sting and lessen the blow.

On a clear Wednesday evening at Penn Manor High School, Annville-Cleona’s surprising field hockey season came to an end, with a somewhat disappointing 3-0 loss to Schuylkill Valley, in the opening round of the District Three Class A postseason. Despite its inability to generate much of an offensive push, the Little Dutchmen were very much in the contest, until the Panthers netted a pair of goals over the game’s final 18:38.

IMG_5027The ninth-seeded Little Dutchmen concluded their year by losing five of their last six contests. On its way to capturing its second straight Lancaster-Lebanon Section Three crown, Annville-Cleona went 13-6 overall.

Eighth-seeded Schuylkill Valley will carry an 11-6 mark into Saturday’s quarterfinal round.

“I tried to tell them at the end of game that it’s hard to look past a 3-0 loss and be happy with your season,” said Annville-Cleona head coach Sue Felty of her troops. “Anybody who looked at us back in August wouldn’t have expected us to get to districts.

IMG_4983“I think the section championship was the highlight of the season,” continued Felty. “Just because of how unexpected it was. We only had four starters back from last year. We had a lot of young kids. To say we were section champions and got to a district game, that’s something to be proud of.”

The Little Dutchmen experienced difficulties possessing the ball in the midfield and connecting passes. Annville-Cleona managed just two shots all evening, the first of which came with 9:55 remaining, and Schuylkill Valley ahead 2-0.

“It was not the effort,” said Felty. “We didn’t execute. And things like that are frustrating. But I don’t think it was our best effort.

“We’ve been shuffling people around,” Felty continued. “We didn’t have our offense. That early goal took the wind out of our sails.”

Playing from behind certainly didn’t aid the Little Dutchmen’s cause – something they did for more than 57 of the contest’s 60 minutes. It was Allison Ammarrell’s unassisted tally 2:50 in that put them behind the eight-ball.

“It’s hard to say,” said Felty. “We thought we could play with them. We thought we could match up with them, even though we were missing some players. We were hopeful we could at least play with them.”

The Panthers scored on their first shot of the second half to make it 2-0. From the right part of the circle, Gabby Rider got off a quick shot that beat Annville-Cleona net-minder Madison Luciotti to the short side.

Schuylkill Valley put the outcome out of reach with 5:56 remaining. Off a scramble in the goal mouth, persistent Kaydence Muller displayed a lot of stick-to-itiveness to the right post.

IMG_4986“Defensively, we did well,” said Felty. “We have some good things to come. We had two seniors on the field today, and some (players) had never played field hockey before. And here they are in a district game. To have a high expectation, we weren’t looking to get what we got out of the season.”

The Panthers totaled 11 shots on goal. Schuylkill Valley took 12 penalty corners to Annville-Cleona’s two.

“Things started to work,” said Felty of the season. “I definitely feel like we were a skilled team. I think that has come a long way. We’ve really pushed for fundamentals. The one thing we’re lacking is aggressiveness, which comes with age and experience.”

 

 

 

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2017 Annville-Cleona Field Hockey Results

Date Teams Score
9/01
4:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lancaster Country Day
4
1
9/06
4:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Pequea Valley
9
0
9/08
4:00 pm
Lebanon
at Annville-Cleona
0
6
9/12
7:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lancaster Catholic
2
0
9/14
4:00 pm
Bishop McDevitt
at Annville-Cleona
1
2
9/16
12:00 pm
Brandywine Heights
at Annville-Cleona
2
4
9/16
2:00 pm
Berks Catholic
at Annville-Cleona
1
0
9/18
4:00 pm
Lancaster Mennonite
at Annville-Cleona
0
5
9/20
4:00 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Annville-Cleona
0
1
9/22
4:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Elco
4
1
9/25
4:00 pm
Pequea Valley
at Annville-Cleona
0
6
9/27
4:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lebanon
3
0
9/29
4:00 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Annville-Cleona
2
4
10/05
7:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lancaster Mennonite
0
1
10/07
10:00 am
Camp Hill
at Annville-Cleona
1
0
10/10
5:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Northern Lebanon
1
0
10/11
4:00 pm
Elco
at Annville-Cleona
2
0
10/14
2:00 pm
Lampeter-Strasburg
at Annville-Cleona
2
0
10/25
5:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
Schuylkill Valley
at Penn Manor
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PIAA District Three
 Class A Power Rankings
A School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Oley Valley 16- 1- 0  0.733079  0.948052  0.470333  14.6  141.1  0.8  158.9
2 Bermudian Springs 18- 0- 0  0.730231  1.000000  0.400513  16.2  124.8  0.0  186.8
3 Tulpehocken 16- 2- 0  0.671271  0.850000  0.452824  13.6  141.1  2.4  170.5
4 Greenwood 14- 4- 0  0.640418  0.740741  0.517800  12.0  162.9  4.2  151.7
5 Hanover 16- 1- 1  0.635300  0.893750  0.319417  14.3  96.4  1.7  205.4
6 Boiling Springs 13- 3- 1  0.624995  0.779570  0.436070  14.5  129.6  4.1  167.6
7 Newport 14- 4- 0  0.603163  0.725000  0.454250  11.6  140.0  4.4  168.2
8 Schuylkill Valley 10- 5- 0  0.545119  0.633803  0.436728  9.0  113.2  5.2  146.0
9 Annville Cleona 13- 5- 0  0.544474  0.650602  0.414762  10.8  134.3  5.8  189.5
10 Bishop McDevitt 11- 6- 0  0.541147  0.617284  0.448091  10.0  133.8  6.2  164.8
11 Eastern Lebanon County 12- 5- 1  0.527538  0.647059  0.381456  11.0  122.6  6.0  198.8
12 Littlestown 11- 7- 0  0.502165  0.546512  0.447964  9.4  138.6  7.8  170.8
13 Susquenita 9- 8- 1  0.466678  0.445652  0.492376  8.2  155.0  10.2  159.8
14 Kennard Dale 9- 7- 0  0.460800  0.500000  0.412890  7.8  116.6  7.8  165.8
15 Northern Lebanon 10- 8- 0  0.446595  0.488889  0.394902  8.8  125.5  9.2  192.3
16 Lancaster Catholic 9- 9- 0  0.440834  0.436782  0.445787  7.6  143.9  9.8  178.9
17 Eastern York 7- 10- 1  0.419339  0.370968  0.478460  6.9  146.6  11.7  159.8
18 Lancaster Mennonite 8- 8- 1  0.416439  0.441860  0.385369  7.6  118.0  9.6  188.2
19 Camp Hill 6- 11- 1  0.399101  0.318681  0.497392  5.8  152.6  12.4  154.2
20 Brandywine Heights 7- 9- 1  0.392888  0.369318  0.421695  6.5  124.4  11.1  170.6
21 Wyomissing 6- 11- 1  0.385981  0.306122  0.483585  6.0  147.3  13.6  157.3
22 Biglerville 6- 9- 2  0.378338  0.352273  0.410196  6.2  121.5  11.4  174.7
23 Hamburg 5- 10- 2  0.370596  0.342697  0.404695  6.1  115.5  11.7  169.9
24 Lancaster Country Day School 5- 13- 0  0.344045  0.250000  0.458990  5.2  139.9  15.6  164.9
25 Susquehanna Township 1- 15- 1  0.307429  0.085366  0.578840  1.4  169.6  15.0  123.4
26 Fairfield 3- 14- 0  0.302317  0.156250  0.480844  3.0  123.0  16.2  132.8
27 Kutztown 2- 13- 1  0.290754  0.129213  0.488192  2.3  132.3  15.5  138.7
28 Middletown 1- 16- 1  0.280188  0.078947  0.526148  1.5  165.0  17.5  148.6
29 Delone Catholic 1- 12- 1  0.247156  0.076923  0.455218  1.2  110.8  14.4  132.6
30 Pequea Valley 0- 17- 1  0.204032  0.024752  0.423151  0.5  132.7  19.7  180.9
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