Once Melanie Frye gets going, it’s difficult to stop her, Wissahickon field hockey coach Lucy Gil said.
In overtime on Thursday, Cardinal O’Hara found that out when Frye sprinted the length of the field before setting up the goal that gave the Trojans a 2-1 victory at Bonner-Prendergast in the first round of the Class AAA state tournament.
The junior forward brought the ball out of the defensive zone and passed three defenders by outrunning them before dishing a pass to senior forward Emily Gallagher for the winner.
The Trojans were also down a player after a yellow card. Gil said the absence was significant, as the teams already were down to seven players each because of overtime.
Caroline Kovacs put Wissahickon ahead with a goal in the first half, but O’Hara tied it with two minutes remaining in regulation on Marissa Cicione’s goal.
Cardinal O’Hara outshot Wissahickon, 19-3, but Wissahickon sophomore Emoni Fisher was strong in goal with 13 saves.
Wissahickon entered the tournament as the fourth-seeded team from District 1. The Trojans fell in the district semifinals before losing again in the third-place consolation game. They advance to meet Lower Dauphin in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. Saturday at Exeter.