Akron, Barker score semifinal wins
Top seeded Akron blanked No. 5 Eden 2-0 and No. 2 defending champion Barker shutout No. 3 Wilson 3-0 in a rainy semifinal round of the Section VI Class C field hockey playoffs this evening at Amherst.
The perennial rivals Lady Tigers and Lady Raiders will now meet for the Class C title at 3:30 p.m. November 5 at Amherst.
It will make the seventh time in the last eight years that Barker and Akron have met in the title contest. Barker has won the previous six title showdowns including a 2-1 victory last season.
The teams split a pair of regular season meetings with Akron winning the first 1-0 and Barker the second 3-2 in overtime.
Akron got goals from Sarah Schultz in the first half and Emily Buckley in the second half to oust Eden.
Maddy Krzykowski earned the shutout in goal for the Lady Tigers.
Barker jumped out to a lightning quick 1-0 lead over Wilson on a goal by Madison Greenwald just 40 seconds into the contest off an assist from Erika Moeller.
The Lady Raiders made it 2-0 before half-time as Jillian Moeller scored off an assist from Lydia Dewart.
Natalie Menz added the clinching goal for Barker with 17 minutes to go in the second half.
Caitlyn Mason made two saves in goal to earn the shutout.