The District 4 boys and girls soccer playoffs start today with both the Class A and AA fields, but the field everyone's most waiting for very easily could be Saturday's quarterfinals on the girls' AA side, and there's four reasons why.
Montoursville. Selinsgrove. Danville. Warrior Run.
Perhaps the four best girls teams in District 4 and luckily for fans, they aren't going to wait to play one another and getting it over with right away with two huge games in Montoursville vs. Selinsgrove and Danville vs. Warrior Run.
Those four squads alone provide plenty of talent that will have area fans excited. Both Montoursville and Selinsgrove are schools with play makers. The Warriors have a nice core with Lana Spitler, Carley Mill, Kirsten O'Malley and Tayler Eshbach, all are capable of scoring for Montoursville, although Spitler is most likely the Warriors' leading scorer and most dangerous threat.
Selinsgrove has nice speed and a solid back line and offensively they're led by Jenna Fisher, who can be a threat at any time on the field. Fisher was a first-team HAC-I all-star forward last year and she has company with Alli Cover, a first-team HAC-I all-star back last year.
The one key difference between these two squads is goalie.
The Warriors' Ally Yocum has been solid for Montoursville this year, but she is replacing Audra Larson, who was a first-team HAC-I all-star last year. The Seals have Jess Lawton, maybe one of the most solid goalies on the girls side in the area, with the second-most saves (98).
Montoursville is the defending District 4 champion.
Yocum isn't the only one replacing a four-year starting goalie either in this postseason. Enter the Warrior Run girls where freshman Olivia George is stepping in to fulfill the role of Reda Vermilya.