Sunday, October 11, 2015

Field hockey: Central, Warren Hills advance in HWS

As far as seeds go, No. 8 Hunterdon Central scored the lone upset of the seventh annual Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over top-seeded Newton on Saturday.

Sophomore midfielder Brittany Bill and senior forward Jillian Murray scored the goals for the Red Devils (8-3), who advance to the semifinals for the fourth straight year. Central will travel to No. 4 Hackettstown next Saturday for the right to play for the championship on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Goalie Katie O'Brien made four saves for the Braves (10-1-1), who suffered their first lost and were denied a trip to the semifinals for the first time since 2010.

Here's a look at the other quarterfinal results:

Hackettstown 4, Belvidere 0 -- In a game played on Friday, junior forward Molly Gorczyca scored a pair of goals and senior forward Kayli Yeisley had a goal and one assist to lead the fourth-seeded Tigers (9-1-1) past the fifth-seeded County Seaters (6-3-1). Hackettstown reaches the semis for the second time and first since losing 1-0 to Warren Hills in the 2013 final.

Warren Hills 4, Phillipsburg 0 -- Junior forward Dani Profita, along with seniors Katie Thompson and Rachel Phillips, all had one goal and one assist to lead the third-seeded Blue Streaks (11-1), who have won nine in a row, to the semifinals for the seventh straight year and an anticipated rematch with second-seeded Voorhees, which handed Warren Hills a 2-1 loss on Sept. 15. The Stateliners (7-5) have now lost 15 in a row against the Streaks dating to 2008.

Voorhees 5, Sparta 1 -- Senior forward Kathryn Roncoroni racked up three goals and added a pair of assists as the second-seeded Vikings (12-2) won their seventh straight to earn a semifinal date with rival Warren Hills. Roncoroni, who now has 35 goals on the season and 124 for her fine career, keeps padding her school records, which include single-season goals (44) and points (104), career goals and career points (282). Senior midfielder Isabelle Houser notched an assist for the sixth straight game. Senior midfielder Gretchen Bowie scored the goal for the seventh-seeded Spartans (7-5-1).

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