By Ric Webb
News Sports Editor
With a convincing 11-0 victory over Pottsville last week, the Exeter High School girls' soccer team assured themselves a spot in this week's Berks County League playoffs.
The tournament began with the quarterfinals on Monday, May 9. As the second place team in Division 1, the Lady Eagles took on Division 3 champs Fleetwood at Twin Valley High School.
Due to our press deadline, we are unable to report the result of that game. If Exeter won on Monday, they will advance to the semifinals on Wednesday, May 11, at Twin Valley, against the winner of the Conrad Weiser vs. Fleetwood match. The championship game will take place on Friday, May 13. The teams in the other bracket include Wilson, Kutztown, Wyomissing and Blue Mountain.
The Lady Eagles are hoping to get back to that championship game. They would like to remove the bad taste that was left in their mouths from last year.
After winning the division in 2004, the Eagles defeated Tulpehocken in the Berks quarterfinals, 2-0, then downed Fleetwood in overtime in the semifinals.
But Wyomissing ended the Eagles' hopes of a title when they defeated the locals in the championship game, 2-1.
"The loss was a low point in many players' memories," said Exeter head coach Carlos Scheirer. "Obviously, they want to get back and avenge the loss, but they are not dwelling on it."
The Exeter girls finished the regular season with a record of 11-3. But it was only good enough for second place in Division one thanks to Wilson going through season undefeated.
In fact, two of Exeter's three losses came at the hands of Wilson, a 1-0 loss at Wilson to begin the season, and a 3-2 overtime loss on April 26 at Exeter.
"It was not that we did not play well enough to win," said Coach Scheirer who is very pleased with his team's performance this season.
"I am happy with the way the season has gone," he said. "We have been competitive all season and we made the playoffs again which was one of the team goals this year."
There was some concern about that goal when injuries started hitting the team. But according to Coach Scheirer, Abby Wolfe and Danielle Zacckey filled in admirably "and have more than kept the ship afloat."
Filling in where needed has been a key to the team's success this season.
"Our ability to overcome adversity, whether it was injuries or weather conditions was the key this season," said Scheirer. "The team has stuck together and persevered. The strength of this team is its deep concern for one another. This fuels them to play their hearts out every game."
They're going to have to continue to do that if they are going to earn the Berks League championship. Wilson, among other teams, will be a tough team to beat.
"We've just got to play one game at a time, and play to the best of our ability," said Scheirer.