Evitts nets 5 goals in rout of WV Vikes


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SLATINGTON - As the Schuylkill Haven girls' soccer team trotted off Northern Lehigh High School's Bulldog Stadium on November 1, there were a few high fives, but the players were mostly reserved.

Then somebody from the bench shouted out: "We are headed back to the district finals." A minor celebration soon erupted.

The Hurricanes' opportunity for a second consecutive title was never in doubt.

Rileigh Evitts scored five times, while Jade Wilson added two goals in Schuylkill Haven's 10-0 rout of Williams Valley in a District 11 Class A girls' soccer semifinal.

Shelby Trumbo, Kelsey Sisko and Andrea Slotterback added goals for the top-seeded Hurricanes (16-3-1), who jumped out to a 6-0 advantage at intermission, scoring three times in the first eight minutes of the contest. Evitts had two assists, while her fourth goal of the game early in the second half instituted the mercy rule.

Schuylkill Haven was slated to take on No. 2 seed Minersville (14-4-2) in the title game November 3 at Bulldog Stadium. The Miners beat Pine Grove 2-0 in the other semifinal at Schuylkill Haven's Rotary Field. Saturday's contest was to be a rematch of last year's championship game, as the Hurricanes won a shootout 3-2 for a 1-0 victory.

The teams played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie Sept. 20, while Schuylkill Haven won 3-2 on Oct. 10 to clinch the Schuylkill League Division II title.

"I thought we played a great game," said Evitts, who has 39 goals this season. "We worked really hard this season. It is all working out for us so far."

The fifth-seeded Vikings (9-10) were coming off a 2-1 win over Tri-Valley in the first round, a game that was decided 3-2 on penalty kicks. But Williams Valley's hopes for another upset were quickly dashed in scoring barrage that put the contest away early.

As they did in their first-round victory, Williams Valley tried to pack it in defensively in the middle of the field, but Schuylkill Haven had too much speed. The game ended up going the same route as the two earlier-season meetings, both won by the Hurricanes - 7-0 on Sept. 15 and 6-0 on Oct. 3.

"We had some good practices this week and our goal was to take that early lead and not look back," Hurricanes coach Gary Rada said. "We just wanted to take that early lead and go from there. We knew we could do that.

"We are still young and we have our down days and up days. We were on today, there was no doubt about it."

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