When does Maddie Jimenez enter the game for the Villa Joseph Marie soccer team?

"Whenever [coach Rich Finneyfrock] feels he needs me out there," the junior said.

On Tuesday night at Spring-Ford High, that "whenever" was just 10 minutes into the contest.

Finneyfrock made the right choice.

Jimenez entered the PIAA Class AAA semifinal and immediately injected energy. She finished with a goal and an assist as Villa Joseph Marie defeated Fleetwood, 3-0.

"I feel really good," Jimenez said. "I know when I come off the bench I have to perform. There's really no time to waste."

She didn't waste much time. And it was just when the Jems (21-1-1) needed it, as Fleetwood (24-2) hit the post within the first minute.

"There was a lot of tension - a big wake-up call," senior forward Murphy Agnew said of almost going down a goal. "We were like, let's make that their only chance of the game.

"I think it was good wake-up call," the Harvard recruit added. "Because I don't think we started the game prepared."

But VJM responded to the early scare, scoring three goals in a span of 81/2 minutes.

Erica Behr got the first one off a corner kick, when Eva Ruppersberger sent a beautiful ball to the far post for Behr to head it in. A few minutes later, Jimenez took it up the right side and sent it to Agnew, who one-timed it in. Jimenez added the third goal, having drastically changed the trajectory of the contest.

"Jimi is a great player. She's strong, she's fast," Agnew said. "She can take people on. She scares defenders. She definitely played a big role in basically all the goals today."

On Friday, the Jems will return to Hershey and the state title game for the third straight year.

As a freshman, Jimenez sat the bench, having spent the season on junior varsity. As a sophomore, she saw time.

What's in store for her third trip?

For starters, she'll enter the game when Finneyfrock sees a need for her.

The rest will be up to her.

Fleetwood 0 0 - 0

Villa Joseph Marie 3 0 - 3

Goals: VJM - Erica Behr, Murphy Agnew, Maddie Jimenez

Saves: F - Riley Scepansky 8; VJM - Olivia Eife 5

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