Girls soccer preview, prediction: Owen J. Roberts-Neshaminy (state semifinals)

GIRLS SOCCER
PIAA Class 4A Semifinals
(1-4) Owen J. Roberts vs. (1-3) Neshaminy at Souderton, 5 pm
 
Previous matchup: Neshaminy topped OJR 3-2 in the District 1-4A third-place game as Michaela Boyd connected for the game-winning goal with 7:22 left in regulation. Mahogany Willis had her 35th goal of the season (new single-season program record) off a Sarah Kopec assist earlier in the contest.
 
Owen J. Roberts at a glance
Record: 22-3 overall, Pioneer Athletic Conference champion – defeated Pope John Paul II 1-0 in league title match after finishing 9-1 in conference; OJR had 15-game winning streak snapped by Pennsbury 2-1 in district semifinals preceding the playback loss to Neshaminy
 
Players to watch: F Mahogany Willis (100 career goals), MF Caroline Thompson, D Kyle Cahill, MF Kylee MacLeod, F Sarah Kopec, MF Julia Dalton, MF Kenzie Milne, F Mia Baumgarten, GK Samantha Hughes
 
How OJR got here: The Wildcats got two second-half goals from Sarah Kopec, another strike from Mahogany Willis and a clean sheet from freshman keeper Samantha Hughes (7 saves) en route to a 3-0 romp over (3-3) Central Dauphin Saturday in a quarterfinal clash. OJR opened the state playoffs with a 5-0 rout of (12-2) Archbishop Ryan behind Willis’ 100th goal and a pair of strikes from Kenzie Milne and Mia Baumgarten.
 
Neshaminy at a glance
Record: 16-6-1 overall; 8-3-1 in SOL National during regular season
 
Players to watch: GK Riley Springer, D Nicole Palmer, D Geena Obringer, D Hannah Stonkus, MF Jackie Ziegler, MF Michaela Boyd, MF Brianna Tobin, MF Emily Tantala, M Gina Sexton, F Brooke Mullin, F Kristin Curley
 
How Neshaminy got here: The Redskins topped (3-2) Gov. Mifflin 2-1 Saturday in the quarterfinals behind goals from Sexton and Mullin. In the opening round of states, Kristin Curley and Nicole Palmer cashed in assists from Jackie Ziegler as Neshaminy shocked the state’s top-ranked team – District 11 champion Parkland – 2-1.
 
Prediction: OJR will reach the state finals with a narrow 2-1 win