Who: #4 D'Youville Spartans (6-2-2) at #1 Pitt.-Greensburg (9-0-1)
What: AMCC Playoffs - Semifinals
Where: Greensburg, PA / Ridilla Fields
When: Wednesday, November 6 - 2:00pm
Buffalo, NY - Following their AMCC first round playoff win on Saturday, the #4 D'Youville Spartans advanced to play the conference's top team in the #1 Pitt.-Greensburg Bobcats Wednesday afternoon.
D'Youville is coming off a first round playoff win over #5 Penn State-Altoona on Saturday afternoon where the women came away with a 2-1 victory. Marina Campbell (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Catholic) opened the scoring for the Spartans with a PK in the first two minutes up play to put the women up 1-0. In the 29th minute, Altoona tied the game up on a free kick header and the game went into halftime tied 1-1.
With the game looking as if it was heading to overtime, freshman Jordan Pachla (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) scored her ninth goal of the season and third goal in as many games in the 82nd minute off an assist from Makenna Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirondack) to win the game 2-1. Laurie Poeller (Akron, NY/Akron) made five saves in the win with Campbell scoring her sixth goal of the season and Pachla tallying her ninth.
Those four players have done a great deal for the Spartans this season. Magee and Pachla are the top two offensive weapons as they are one and two in goals on the team. Pachla is the reigning AMCC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two game winners last week, a goal in three consecutive games, and five in her last five games. As for Campbell, she is third on the team in goals and is a perfect 4-4 from the penalty dot this season.
On the defensive end, Poeller has been one of the best in her first season as a starter. She has played every minute in goal for the women this season and has allowed two goals or less in their last 12 games. That has due in large part to not only Poeller, but her outstanding defense and midfield. Dominique Riforgiato (Fredonia, NY/Fredonia), Isabella Lucania (Webster, NY/Webster-Schroeder), Cassie Brooks (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island), Anna Hayes (Hamburg, Mt. St. Mary Academy), and Sarah Milczarski (Newfane, NY/Newfane) have been the starting back line for most of the season and have been excellent. The midfield has been led by Kaylee Heschke (Newfane, NY/Newfane), Campbell, and Maggie Leeds (Lockport, NY/Akron).
Up top, Brittany Cristofanelli (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) and Aussie Mariacher (Elma, NY/Iroquois) have added goal-scoring and playmaking consistently. Katelyn Eigenbrod (Arcade, NY/Pioneer) has played a key role in the midfield while Francesca Kobee (North Tonawanda, NY/Mt. St. Mary Academy) has added valuable minutes.
As for their opponents, the Bobcats have been nearly the best team at both ends of the field this season in the conference. They have allowed just two goals all season in AMCC play, which is first in the conference while scoring the second most at 32. The two top goalscorers in the AMCC this season both belong to the Bobcats while the best statistical goalkeeper is also a Bobcat.
Greensburg went undefeated in conference play and has not lost a game this season with an overall record of 17-0-1. In 14 of their 18 games this season, the Bobcats have recorded a shutout. The most goals they have allowed in a game this season has been two.
In their previous showdown on October 5, Greensburg scored a goal in each half to win 2-0. However, the Spartans tallied nine shots to the Bobcat's 15. Leeds and Brooks led the team in shots with three and two respectively, with Magee, Lucania, and Mariacher each recording a shot.
The Spartans are one of the best teams in the conference at both ends, scoring the third most goals (26) and allowing the fourth least (9). Their balance at both ends of the field have been a massive part of their success.
The winner of Wednesday's game will advance to the championship game on Saturday, November 9 to play the winner of #3 Mount Aloysius and #2 Penn State-Behrend.