2013 SEASON: NEWS: WHAT"S NEXT? CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH TOMORROW AT MARYWOOD

Friday, November 2
WHAT"S NEXT? CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH TOMORROW AT MARYWOOD

The Lady Comets will be entering their 7th straight District 2 Championship game on Saturday afternoon (they have won five of the last six and the last four in a row). Abington entered most of those championship matches as the clear favorite; but tomorrow they will enter the game as the number two seed and will be facing a team that is on a roll.

The Lady Comets will now battle #1 seeded Wallenpaupack as part of an Abington Heights "boys and girls" district championship double-header at Marywood University. The girls' kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m with the boys game set to follow at 6:00 p.m. 

Both the Lady Comets and the Lady Buckhorns got through their semi-final games, but each in a different manner. Wallenpaupack absolutely pounded Hazleton in an 8-1 debacle, while the Lady Comets struggled to get past Williamsport 1-0. There is no question that the Lady Buckhorns will be confident entering this game.

In a game played over a month ago at CSE Field, the Lady Buckhorns outshot the Lady Comets, but the hometown girls were able to prevail 1-0  by virtue of an alert Emma Henzes' goal.

What will be the keys to tomorrow's game? 

1. MIDFIELD PLAY - Although the Lady Comets have talented players everywhere on the pitch, as of right now, most of the Lady Comets' most experienced players are situated at the midfield positions. When it is on its game, Abington uses the midfield as its principal staging area. Thus, Katrina Helcoski, Izzy Clauss, and Abbey Burke will need to exercise leadership, both in setting a pace for the attack and in keeping the midfielders mobile and vertically active. More so than ever before, the mids will have to get forward on attack and back on defense consistently; offensive and defensive tranistion will be a key to this game--and a winning goal could easily come from a counterattack by one or the other of these teams.

2. POISE ON THE BACK LINE - The team will need to invoke the senior leadership of both Sarah Sopinski and Melanie Coles to keep the back line organized and patient. In this game especially, there has to be discipline and no "diving in." Wallenpaupack has the athletes that can beat defenders who tend to "stab." Coles was faced with some highly credible shots the last time these two teams played; she will need to be ready once again.

3. HIGH WORK RATE - The Lady Comets have become used to winning the district title; picking up the AAA hardware has become commonplace if not expected in recent years. However, there is absolutely no question whatsoever that, for the Lady Buckhorns, beating Abington Heights and winning the distict title would be akin to winning the Super Bowl. The girls from Hawley have wanted to beat Abington for years, and now they have the horses to do it. So, Abington will have to match the intensity of a team that will explode onto the pitch driven by an amazing thirst for victory. Who will most want to want to win this game? Who will push it to the limit?

This could be an entertaining match--do not miss it!