Kelsey Celline was the difference for Archbishop Wood in its Catholic League 2-0 soccer semifinal playoff win over Cardinal Dougherty Monday.
Celline scored a goal and assisted on another as the Vikings handed the Cardinals (14-1-1) their first loss of the season.
Celline helped the Vikings earn a trip to the title game Wednesday (6 p.m.) against Lansdale Catholic.
The Vikings (15-3-1) got off to a slow start as both teams took a scoreless tie into the second half of the game, played at Archbishop Ryan.
Then Celline found the range and followed that up with a nice crossing feed to Monica Re, whose score effectively put the game away.
The Vikings peppered Cardinal Dougherty goalie Brenna Coll all night, putting 16 shots on the net.
At the other end of the field, the Viking defenders were stellar in front of goalie Alyson Hop, who needed to make only a pair of saves for the shutout.
Lansdale Catholic and Archbishop Wood dominated the Catholic League Red Division this season, with both teams finishing with 12-1-1 league marks.
Lansdale Catholic earned its spot in the final with a 2-1 win over host Archbishop Ryan in the other semifinal.
Lansdale Catholic and Archbishop Wood split regular-season meetings. In the win over Ryan, Megan Poiesz scored a first-half goal and and Bryn Wassel added an insurance goal in the second half for Lansdale.
Poiesz’s goal, 19 minutes into the game, was assisted by Caitlin Fox. Maura Gifford assisted on the Wassel goal.
Ryan finally got on the board in the final three seconds of the game on Lauren Heisse’s penalty kick.