Halftime talk inspires Northeastern girls in District 3-AA soccer win vs. Gettysburg
MANCHESTER — Northeastern girls' soccer coach Diana Collier was not pleased at halftime of Monday night's District 3-AA match against Gettysburg.
Collier didn't feel the Bobcats played with the passion she expected from a team which won 15 games this season and earned the fourth seed in the bracket.
"The intensity, we lacked it tremendously," Collier said. "Come playoff time, that's half the battle, playing with intensity. I was not a very happy camper at halftime."
The Bobcats got their coach's message.
Locked in a 2-2 draw at halftime, Northeastern did all the scoring in the second half to earn a 5-2 victory and a place in the quarterfinals. The Bobcats (16-4-1) will take on another York-Adams team, Susquehannock, on Thursday. No. 5 seed Susquehannock (13-3-2) blanked No. 12 seed Twin Valley (10-8-1) on Monday, 3-0.
"I'm glad we came out in the second 40 (minutes) and changed what we were doing work-ethic wise," Collier said.
Northeastern also made a technical change in the final half.
"We needed to possess better," Bobcats' sophomore standout Brittany Arentz said. "We weren't trying to find feet (in the first half). We were just trying to hit the through ball. In the second half, we found Amanda Bentz in the center and had better passes."
Arentz and Cristal Flores scored two goals each for the winners. Arentz had a part in a third goal when she crossed the ball into the middle, and a Gettysburg player inadvertently put into the ball into the net for an own goal.
Flores, meanwhile, assisted on Arentz's second goal.
"She found me open, and I just tried to keep my composure," Arentz said. "She (the Gettysburg goal keeper) stopped me at first (on the initial shot), but I found it (the ball) again (and scored).
Arentz then paid her teammate a compliment.
"Cristal Flores, she's really been playing well lately, and it's really helping our forward mentality."
Gabby Versace and Haley Updegraff supplied assists for Northeastern. Alana Bortner and Emily Bertram scored for Gettysburg. Northeastern goalie Brenna Schroter made seven saves. Caton Raffensperger also recorded seven saves for Gettysburg, which fought back from a 2-0 deficit to forge a 2-2 deadlock. Northeastern, which gained its first district victory in six years, will now begin preparing for Susquehannock.
"It (winning a district game) means a lot," Arentz said. "It's really good for the program. We'll be ready from the get-go on Thursday."
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