When two unbeaten teams play each other, one team is going to see its unbeaten streak come to an end. And that was the case in the PIAA Class AAA field hockey championship game between Penn Manor and Downingtown West.
The Whippets entered the contest a perfect 25-0, while the Comets sat at 27 wins without a defeat. Make it 28, as Penn Manor made a pair of first half goals stand up in the PIAA 3A final, handing West its first loss of the season, 2-0, and forcing them to settle for second place in arguably the best field hockey state in the country.
Penn Manor, ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxFieldHockey.com, came out of the gates hard, and forced two penalty corners in the first three minutes of play. The Comets converted the second of the two, with Emma Derbedine getting the assist on a goal from Alyssa Shriver.
On the defensive side, Penn Manor couldn’t have played much better, limiting West’s trips inside the circle and holding the Whippets without a shot on goal or even a penalty corner in the first half.
But the West defense was playing just as well, and the score stood at 1-0 until just 40 second remained in the half and Deberdine collecting another assist, this time on a goal from Buranna Harsh.
The second half was much closer, and West began to create a few more opportunities for themselves, and they kept Penn Manor from any further scoring, but just couldn’t break through with a goal.
What a season for the Comets.
They are the first field hockey team to go undefeated at Penn Manor. They claimed the program’s third PIAA State crown. They also won a section title, the Lancaster-Lebanon League title and the District Three title.
DWest 0 0 –0
Penn Manor 2 0 –2
Goals: Shriver, Harsh
Goalie Saves: Coker (DW) 9 Hook (PM) 1