Wednesday, November 1, 2000
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Elizabethtown advanced to the championship game of the Commonwealth Conference playoffs with a 5-2 home victory over Moravian (9-11) in the semifinal round Wednesday afternoon.
Elizabethtown got an early scare in the game when Moravian took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Tim Shannon (Leesport, PA/Schuylkill Valley) 28:48 after the beginning of play. The Blue Jays tied the game when Brent Conover (Gettysburg, PA/Gettysburg) followed up a deflected shot by Wyeth Raws (Malvern, PA/West Chester East) to score at 34:33.
Five minutes later, Etown took a 2-1 lead when Bryan Hoy (Beaver Springs, PA/West Snyder) scored on a penalty kick. The Blue Jays went into halftime with a 3-1 lead after Raws scored on a pass from Conover with 1:41 remaining in the first half.
Etown's stretched its lead to 4-1 at 48:06 when a corner kick by Hoy hooked in the wind and sailed into the Moravian goal. The Greyhounds scored their second goal 50:38 into the game when Paul Melniczek (Philadelphia, PA/Roman Catholic) scored on a pass from Anthony Merz (Philadelphia, PA/Archbishop Ryan). Etown's final goal was scored by Ian McGee (Hopewell, NJ/Hopewell Valley Central).
With the win, Elizabethtown improves to 15-2 overall and advances to the championship game of the Commonwealth Conference playoffs, where the Blue Jays will face the winner of the Messiah-Lebanon Valley playoff game, which will be held at Messiah at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.
If Messiah defeats Lebanon Valley, the championship will be held at Messiah Saturday. If Lebanon Valley defeats Messiah, the championship will be held at Elizabethtown Saturday.
at Elizabethtown, PA
Commonwealth Conference Semifinal
Elizabethtown 5, Moravian 2
Moravian (9-11) 1 1 2
Elizabethtown (15-2) 3 2 5
MCTim Shannon, 28:48
ECBrent Conover (Wyeth Raws), 36:33
ECBryan Hoy, 41:48
ECRaws (Conover), 43:19
MCPaul Melniczek (Anthony Merz), 50:38
ECIan McGee, 80:28
Shots: MC 7, EC 17. Corners: MC 1, EC 7. Fouls: MC 8, EC 15. Yellow Cards: MC 2, EC 1. Red Cards: MC 1, EC 0. Goalie Saves: Greg Bechtel (MC) 7, Matt Gwilliam (EC) 5.