EGG HARBOR-- Seneca advanced to its first-ever field hockey state final on Wednesday night at Egg Harbor Township High School.
Freshman Cassidy Strittmatter scored twice in the 3-1 victory over West Deptford in the Group 2 semifinal.
Strittmatter scored her first goal off the remnants of a corner before a terrific individual effort led to her second.
‘It’s amazing. We’ve been working toward this our entire season and there were moments we took some steps back, but the fact that we keep stepping forward and going farther, it’s such an amazing experience to be with these girls because we’ve worked so hard together,” Strittmatter said.
The win came a few days after the Golden Eagles clinched their first-ever sectional title in Central Jersey Group 2 over Robbinsville.
“It’s so exciting,” Seneca senior Kasey Mitchell said. “We didn’t even have a banner in our gym because we never won a sectional championship, and to think we’re going to a state championship is so exciting.”
Sam Derkas scored the third goal for Seneca before Grace Hoelbinger got West Deptford on the board late in the second half.
Seneca will face either West Essex or Rumson Fair-Haven in the Group 2 final on Saturday at Bordentown.
Haddonfield 8, Schalick 1
Haddonfield dominated Schalick in the other state semifinal at Egg Harbor on Wednesday.
Jaimie McCormick found the back of the cage on five occasions for the Central Jersey Group 1 champions.
Bridget McCormick, Sophie Popp and Molly Sheehan also scored in the victory for the Bulldawgs, who will take on Madison in the Group 1 state final on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Destiny Puccio scored the lone goal for Schalick in defeat.