CLARION, Pa. – Owen Clouse had a hat trick, as Redbank Valley advanced to a District 9 title game for the first time in 15 years with a 5-1 win over Clarion-Limestone at Wiser Field in Clarion.
Rewatch the game
Clouse wasted little time setting the tone of the game scoring just over six minutes into the contest to help Redbank Valley take a 1-0 lead in the D9 Class 1A semifinals..
Just under a minute and a half later, the third-seeded Bulldogs had a 2-0 lead when Kieran Fricko beat Isaac Lerch.
The first half was chippy with a pair of yellow cards issued including one to C-L star strike Thomas Uckert.
Redbank Valley took advantage of Uckert being off the field scoring a third first-half goal on a corner kick with Clouse finishing off the corner that was taken by Fricko.
Down three-nil at the break, second-seeded C-L gained some momentum at the start of the second half when Uckert scored 1:12 in to make it 3-1.
But things settled down after that, and Redbank Valley put the game away on a Frick tally with just under 18 minutes left before Clouse, who missed a yawning net earlier in the half, recorded the hat trick with 9:59 left to play.
Clouse, who now has 42 goals in the season and has recorded back-to-back playoff hat tricks while scoring 10 goals in his last three games, was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game.
He talked about the win on the Cole Orthodontic Associates postgame interview.
The win gave Redbank Valley its second win in three tries this season over the Lions.
Redbank Valley will face Karns City in the District 9 title game at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Mansell Stadium in DuBois. The Bulldogs lost 3-0 to the Gremlins Sept. 21 in New Bethlehem.
(1) KARNS CITY 6, (5) PORT ALLEGANY 1
KARNS CITY, Pa. Lathan Price and Colson Ritzert scored two goals each to help lead top seed Karns City to a 6-1 win over No. 5 Port Allegany in the District 9 Class 1A semifinals
Jacob Callihan and Braden Slater had one goal each for the Gremlins, while Price and Callihan each had an assist.
Lucas Yasika had five saves in net for Karns City.
Henry Kisler found the back of the net for Port Allegany.
Aidan Clark had nine stops in net for the Gators.
Karns City will meet Redbank Valley for the title.
DISTRICT 10 CLASS 1A GIRLS SEMIFINALS
(1) SENECA 1, (4) GIRARD 0, overtime
WATERFORD, Pa. – Ave Pushchak’s goal 10 minutes into overtime lifted Seneca past Girard, 1-0, and into the District 10 title game.
Mallory Hammill had the shutout in net.
With the win, Seneca advances to play No. 2 Mercer for the D10 title at a site and time to be determined.
(2) MERCER 2, (3) MERCYHURST PREP 0, double overtime
GROVE CITY, Pa. – Maddy Bailey’s goal with just over 11 minutes remaining in the second overtime lifted Mercer to a 1-0 win over Mercyhurst Prep and into the D10 title game.
It was Bailey’s second goal of the game after she tied it up with 4:17 left in regulation.
The game was scoreless until 12 minutes to play in regulation, when Mercyhurst Prep’s Milly Pierce scored to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead.
Maddy Jewell got the win in net.
DISTRICT 10 CLASS 1A BOYS SEMIFINALS
(1) WILMINGTON 1, (4) MERCER 0
GROVE CITY, Pa. – Ryder Tervo scored the lone goal of the game with 19:21 to play in regulation as Wilmington edged Mercer.
Josh Legnosky got the win in net.
With the win, Wilmington advances to play No. 2 Seneca for the title at a site and time to be determined.
(2) SENECA 1, (3) IROQUOIS 0
WATERFORD, Pa. – Reed Yost scored with 22 minutes to play in regulation, which proved to be enough as Seneca beat Iroquois, 1-0, to advance to the District 10 title game.