Penn State Berks, Lancaster Bible College to Square Off for NEAC Women’s Soccer Championship

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The Lancaster Bible College Chargers are headed to the NEAC Women’s Soccer Championship match for the second straight season, while the Penn State Berks Nittany Lions will be making their first title game appearance in program history after both squads advanced from the semifinals ,which were held at Penn State Berks on Saturday.

The championship match is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Berks.

Berks, who entered the tournament as the top seed after winning the regular season championship, opened the day with a 4-0 victory over the fifth seeded SUNY Institute of Technology Wildcats, who knocked off the defending champion and fourth seeded Penn State Abington Nittany Lions in the quarterfinals Wednesday.  Berks put together a three-score first half, getting goals from freshman Sara Conover (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) and sophomores Chelsea Ray (Reading, Pa.) and Steph Tankalavage (Lancaster, Pa.) while outshooting the Wildcats 14-2.

Berks controlled possession of the ball for much of the second half as well, adding an insurance goal on another score from Conover off a long pass over the defense that came from freshman Ellie McKinstry (New City, N.Y.) en route to the team’s tenth shutout of the season.

Conover added an assist on the day.  Sophomore Savannah Cramer (Wrightsville, Pa.), the NEAC Goalkeeper of the Year, finished with four saves.  SUNYIT junior goalie Aubrey Campbell (Auburn, N.Y.) made eight stops in the loss.

The second seeded Lancaster Bible College Chargers claimed a 3-0 victory over the third seeded Penn State Harrisburg Nittany Lions to head to their second straight NEAC Championship contest.  Senior Whitney Heise (Danville, Pa.) netted the only score of the first half on a strike that she sent over the outstretched arms of Harrisburg sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Gates (Harrisburg, Pa.) and into the back left corner of the net.

The Chargers expanded their lead 20 minutes into the second half when sophomore Monica Horning (Lititz, Pa.) scored a goal on a shot that deflected off a Harrisburg defender to make the score 2-0.  Senior Ally Brown (East Petersburg, Pa.) made it 3-0 five minutes later with a breakaway goal that effectively sealed the win for the Chargers, who outshot the Nittany Lions 12-7 in the second half and 21-12 overall.

Lancaster Bible senior goalie Emily Lloyd (Northumberland, Pa.) made six saves in the shutout victory.  Sophomore Janelle Hammond (New Cumberland, Pa.) finished with five saves after subbing in for Gates in the second half for the Nittany Lions, who originally claimed a spot in the semifinals after defeating the sixth seeded Keuka College Storm 4-1 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Berks and Lancaster Bible will now meet for the first time since their thrilling regular season contest back in September, where Berks squeaked out a 2-1 victory that proved to be the Chargers only conference loss of the season. 


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The North Eastern Athletic Conference has thirteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, Pennsylvania State University -Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Hilbert College (M Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf & M Tennis).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men’s and women’s tennis.