Athens rallies past Sayre; Wyalusing, Troy, Mansfield get wins
SAYRE - The Athens Wildcats capped their second straight unbeaten NTL season with a 4-1 victor over the Redskins on Wednesday.
Sayre took a 1-0 halftime lead as Chloe Tracy was taken down in the box and Elyse Skerpon converted on the penalty kick at 11:21 of the first half.
Just 2:26 into the second half Mackenzie Hafer found the net, heading in a direct kick from Kirsten Colegrove to tie the game.
From there it was all Colegrove as she scored a hat trick in the final 32:01 of the game.
With 32:01 left Colegrove started her scoring on a 25-yard shot through the goalie's hands and at 10:22 and 1:55 she converted on penalty kicks for hand balls in the box.
Athens had 19 shots and five corners and Sayre had seven shots and two corners.
Morgan Westbrook had six saves in net for Athens and Becca McNamara and Paige Wampole combined for 11 saves for Sayre.
"This year was very tough," Athens coach Duane Hafer said. "We had kids injured, sick and gone and we had a lot of adversity that would have made a lot of teams fold. But, we had girls step up and we were able to pull together."
Athens wraps up the regular season Saturday when they host Montoursville at 11 a.m.
Wyalusing 4, Towanda 1
TOWANDA - The Rams closed out the regular season with a victory on Wednesday.
Wyalusing got off to a fast start, scoring 2:48 into the game and at 29:42 they made it a 2-0 game.
At 15:39 Wyalusing made it 3-0, before Towanda got a goal from Bhakti Patel off an assist from Julia Lambert with 13:23 left in the half to make it 3-1.
Wyalusing capped the first half scoring with 4:11 left before the break.
Neither team was able to score in the second half.
Wyalusing had 12 shots and two corners and Towanda had nine shots and four corners in the game.
Wyalusing had eight saves in net and Kylie Garris had two saves for Towanda, while Marissa Paulish had six saves.
"Again, we fought hard until the end against a very good, and well coached, Wyalusing team," Towanda coach Dave Jurnack said. "I am very proud of this as I have been all season. Our seniors are very excellent role models for us throughout the year and we will miss them a lot."
Troy 3, NEB 0
The Trojans got three goals in a 15 minute span for the victory on Wednesday.
The game was scoreless with 11:59 left in the first half when Faith Ceely scored. With just 42 seconds left in the half Brooke Mattocks scored off a Sara Hunsicker assist.
2:10 into the second half Courtney Binford capped the scoring off a Mattocks assist.
Troy had 20 shots and seven corners and Northeast Bradford had no shots or corners.
Alyssa Coon had 17 saves for the Panthers and Taylor Johnston and Jessica Fritsch were in goal for Troy.
Troy hosts Wyalusing today.
Mansfield 1, Wellsboro 0
Kelsey Harer scored 6:29 into the second half for the game's only goal on Wednesday.
Wellsboro had 18 shots and Mansfield finished with 12 in the game.
Kasey Powlison had nine saves for Mansfield in the game and Meghan Bodine finished with seven for Wellsboro.
Wellsboro won the JV game 2-0.
Athens 8, Liberty 0
Athens wraps up the regular season with a perfect 11-0 mark, with nine wins by shutout. Athens allowed just six goals all year and had the league's best record for the fourth straight year.
Against Liberty six different Athens players scored in the win.
Wildcats Bradley Cardona and Ethan Lane each scored twice to lead the Athens offensive attack. Lane got Athens on the board early with an unassisted goal to give the Cats a 1-0 lead just 4 minutes in. Less than 2 minutes later Cardona found the net with his first score of the day using a feed from winger Emily Lunger to take the Cats up 2-0.
Lane tallied another unassisted goal three minutes later to run the margin to 3-0. At the 12 minute mark striker Rachel Hutchison blasted a volley past the Liberty keeper to up the Cat count to 4-0.
Striker Ariana Gambrell delivered goal number five punching a rebounded shot into the twine. With less than three minutes to go in the half midfielder Taylor Reynard banged home a header goal off Brandon Hunsinger's cornerkick. Cardona's second strike at the one minute mark gave the Cats a 7-0 lead at the intermission.
In the second half striker Aric Westbrook registered the lone tally when he was pulled down in the penalty box and pushed the PK past the keeper for the final game margin 8-0.
Athens is headed to the NTL junior high soccer tourney at Williamson High School on Saturday.