Quaker Valley has found a way to win the close games this year but it has also been on the losing end of some lopsided decisions. The formula has worked so far for the Quakers, who are 5-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 in Class 2A Section 1. Quaker Valley has gone 2-0 in one-goal games in section play this season and it defeated Keystone Oaks, 2-0, in the section opener. In a recent 1-0 win over Beaver, Annie Luptak scored the game-winner with 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Goalie Mikaela Felix made seven saves in the game against the Bobcats who were ranked No. 4 at the time.
But it has also been on the wrong end of a 6-0 decision, a 4-1 decision and a 4-0 decision. The Quakers will look to avenge 6-0 defeat when it hosts Freedom Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Freedom is 12-0, in first place in the section and ranked No. 1 in Class 2A.
After Freedom the race for playoff spots in the section is wide open. Beaver (6-3, 5-2), Quaker Valley (5-4-1, 4-2-1), Avonworth (7-4-1, 3-3-1) are in playoff position right now with South Allegheny (3-6, 2-3) and Keystone Oaks (3-8, 1-7) in the mix also. After the Freedom showdown, Quaker Valley travels to Steel Valley on Wednesday before hosting South Allegheny next Monday.