Defensively, the seventh-seeded Braves (10-8-1) were solid all game. The Blue Jays -- a team whose offense is extremely potent -- were held to no shots in the first half and limited to just five in the second. The Braves recorded 13 shots, 10 of which came in the first half.
"I was surprised (Central scored just one goal). I was going into this thinking it was going to be a really fair, tough fight," Neff said. "We kept working throughout the game and the goals just came."
It looked as if Kaitlyn Harmon would record another shutout win on the year, but Central Columbia's Hannah Klingerman broke up the bid when she scored off a hard shot from about 8 yards out to make it a 3-1 game with 10:08 remaining in the game.
And while the Blue Jays applied ample pressure in the second half after Shikellamy all but dominated in the first half, it wasn't enough to overcome the three-goal deficit.
"You got to give them a whole lot of credit. They took it to us (and) their keeper played well. She made the saves that she's supposed to make and that's what you ask of your keeper," Central coach Shawn Callender said. "Second half, we applied a bit more pressure but, again, she made the saves she's supposed to make."
"That team right there, Shikellamy, has to scratch and crawl every game they play," Callender added. "They're battle-tested and it makes a big difference when you're on a stage like this. When you're ready to play like that, it makes a difference."
Shikellamy plays the winner of today's Danville-Montoursville game in the semifinals at a day, time and site to be determined.