Cassie Pecht scored a goal in each half and sparked Cumberland Valley to a 3-0 victory over Pennridge in the first round of the PIAA state Class AAA girls' soccer tournament on Wednesday at HersheyPark Stadium.
Pecht had the only goal of the first half, scoring in the final minute before intermission on an assist by Kelly Pizzingrilli. She made the score 2-0 with an unassisted goal in the 14th minute of the second half.
Pizzingrilli added an insurance goal two minutes later, putting the District 3 runners-up in the state quarterfinals on Friday.
Philadelphia-area teams struggled in the opening round, as Central Bucks West dropped a 3-1 verdict to District 3 champ Hershey in the second half of the doubleheader at HersheyPark Stadium. District 12 winner Central was beaten, 5-0, by Mechanicsburg at Northeast High.
State Class AA. York Suburban rolled past District 12 champion Masterman, 7-0, in a first-round game at Northeast.