DuBOIS — WPIAL runner-up Bentworth proved to have too much firepower for Brockway, as the Lady Bearcats upended the Lady Rovers, 5-2, in a PIAA Class A first-round game Tuesday evening at DuBois Area School.
The game was much closer than the final score might indicate, as Brockway outshot Bentworth 20-12 and held an 8-6 edge in corner kicks in the game. Brockway also hit the post three times on the night — twice during a highly competitive opening 40 minutes that saw the Lady Bears cats take a 3-2 lead into the break.
Bentworth threatened to make the game a runaway early on scoring twice in a span of 35 seconds the first five minutes. However, once the Lady Rovers got their legs under them, they made a game of it and battled back to even things at 2-2 on goals by Chanell Britten and Morrigan Decker 1:27 apart just past the midway point of the half.
Brockway had its chance to take the lead but Bentworth was the team that ultimately broke the tie as Jocelyn Timlin scored her second of the game with 3:34 left in the half.
Timlin, along with Lady Bearcats keeper Candalaria Kossel, proved to be the differences in the game. Timlin added two second-half goals to finish with four in the game, while Kossell made nine saves — seven after the break — to help Bentworth end Brockway’s perfect season.
The Lady Rovers finished the season with a 16-1 record, while Bentworth advances to play WPIAL third-place team Shady Side Academy, which beta D-5 champ Windber, 2-0, Tuesday night.
“I think the wind really helped them out in the beginning. Their goalie had a great game, but some of her punts went the whole way to our goalie in the first half,” said Brockway coach Jessica Leadbetter. “Going down 2-0, I don’t think that’s happen to us in a long time.
“But, to see the girls battle back and tie it 2-2 and rally together meant a lot to them and made Bentworth think we could give them a good game. So, I think it meant a lot of our girls that they kept fighting and came back like they did.
“Chanell hit two posts, and Katie (McMeekin) hit another down here in the seocnd half on a great 30-yard shot or so. We outshot them, but we had some unlucky shots. We were definitely there with them, but Bentworth is a really food team too.
“The girls really wanted to get a state win under their belt, but they shouldn’t be hanging their heads about anything. They wanted to have an undefeated (regular) season, and they did that. Then they wanted to win districts and beat Ridgway, who beat us last year, and they did that too. They’ve had a great season.
Bentworth came out of the gate strong, with Paige Marshalek give the Lady Bearcats a 1-0 lead just 4:24 into the game. Timlin wasted little time making it 2-0 as she found the back of the net just 34 seconds later.
Brockway didn’t let the game get away from it though, and limited Benwtworth to just five shots the rest of the half.
Britten nearly put the Lady Rovers on the board in the 12th minute but fired a shot off the left post. Bentworth then made a rush up the field, with Lady Rover keeper Mackenzie Overbeck making her first save of the night.
Brockway quickly countered with Britten firing a shot just wide of the left post just 18 seconds later. Kossel stopped a long shot by Decker in the 16th minute before Britten rang a shot off the post again at the midway point of the half.
Britten finally found the back of the net a minute later as she cut back against a Lady Bearcat defender before blasting a shot past Kossel to make it 2-1.
Decker quickly knotted the score when she took a pass from Britten and laucned a long shot from the left side that hit the crossbar and bounced straight down and spun into the net at the 22:27 mark.
In between those scores, Brockway senior Callie Barber had a long shot sail just over top the crossbar.
Bentworth countered Decker’s goal with two scoring chances of its own — both shots by Marshalek — over the next five minutes. Her first shot went just high, while the second was stopped at the near post by Overbeck.
Britten then had two scoring opportunities of her own, but one went just wide of the net and the other just high. Just under two minutes after that second chance, Timlin found the back of the net for her second goal of the game to send Bentworth to the break with a 3-2 advantage.
Overbeck made a save a shot by Marshalek in the closing seconds to keep it that way.
Barber tried to even things early in the second half, but she had a long, hard shot turned away by Kossel. Britten was also denied in the seventh minute, while Overbeck made a nice diving save on a Timlin shot just before the 50-minute mark to keep it a 3-2 game.
Timlin didn’t miss on her next opportunity though, as she blasted a shot from the left wing over top Overbeck to put the Lady Cats up 4-2 at the 50:21 mark.
Trailing by two, Britten nearly got a goal back for Brockway in the 54th minute when she redirected a shot past Kossel, who came off her line, but the shot rolled just wide.
Barber had another long shot stopped just before the halfway point of the second half.
Timlin then all put the game away when took a cross from Rori Schreiber and slammed home a shot to make it 5-2 with 18:00 minutes to play.
Brockway battled to work its way back into the match but came up empty on a handful of good scoring chances in the final 16 minutes.
Emily Botwright had a shot got just wide in the 65th minute, while Britten had a shot sail high just past the 69-minute mark. Decker had a shot saved just over a minute later.
The Lady Rovers hit the post for a third time with just under seven minutes to go when Katie McMeekin rang a hard shot of the near post from the left wing.
Barber then had one final shot turned away by Kossel in the final minute, as she saw her lady Rover career come to an end along with fellow senior Maggie Schmader.