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November 12, 2013

H.S. girls soccer: Southern Columbia going for gold

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The Tigers maintained possession for a majority of the game, yielding just eight total shots to the District 3 champion Lady Trojans (22-2) -- five of which came in the first half. They held the Lady Trojans to no shots on goal in the second half.

But while the defense of Southern Columbia was great the entire night, its offense didn't play up to par.

"We laid back a little and I think we were playing not to allow them to score where we should be playing to score more, honestly," Southern Columbia coach Derek Stine said.

"We definitely weren't playing our best, but we did enough to hold them back," Bzdak said. "Our defense has done a great job this year throughout the entire year."

Bzdak eventually shifted from forward to center-mid to help strengthen the Tigers' defense with about 15 minutes remaining in the game.

Tulpehocken's best opportunity to score came with about 2:50 to play until halftime when the Lady Trojans had a corner kick. Victoria Stump took a loose ball from the corner and, from roughly three yards out, drilled a shot to the near post only to see Southern Columbia goalie Abbey Herr drop to her knees and scoop it up, preventing the tying score.

"She stepped it up. Coming into this game she was probably a little nervous -- I would be, any kid would be at her age -- but she's getting some big-game experience now and it's making a big difference," Stine said. "And her height is a great advantage, too. If she lays out, she can cover half the goal. Her height is a big advantage to us. It really is."

Stump's shot was the only Tulpehocken attempt from within 15 yards against the Tigers.

The Tigers recorded nine shots in the first half, but were held to just three in the second half.

"It was frustrating -- the whole game was frustrating -- but we're going to Hershey, so that's all that matters," Stabinski said with a laugh.

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