Northern Potter win, Liberty tie sets up winner take all West title match
The Northern Potter Panthers secured their second shutout win in a row and fourth of the season downing the Wellsboro Hornets, 5-0, in a game played in Ulysses on Saturday.
Senior midfielder Luke Reisinger scored his first two goals of the season and sophomore Jason Perry notched his first career varsity goal, helping the Panthers to victory. Junior Matt Morgan also had two goals and two assists, and senior Charles Plank added two assists.
Reisinger got the only goal of the first half off an assist from Morgan and the Panthers never looked back. Morgan scored his first goal early in the second half on a beautiful cross from Plank finishing the combination with a strong header past Wellsboro goalie James Mitchell. Morgan struck again nine minutes later rocketing an unassisted left footed shot from the 18 yard box making the score 3-0 with 25 minutes left in the contest. Reisinger added his second goal in the 63rd minute and Perry finished the scoring in the 75th minute.
Coach Mike Morgan couldn't say enough about the midfield and defending backs.
"We played a great offensive game but the midfield line of Kurtis Coates, JD Rennells, Kris Wyne, Luke Reisinger, and Hunter Hess won the midfield 50-50 battles today, and that made a huge difference in getting our offense going," Morgan remarked. "I also have to acknowledge the stellar job of our defending backs: AJ Schweigart, Aaron Olney, Derek Craft, and Austin Kosa. They were awesome,"
Northern Potter junior goaltender, Dakota Hall tallied his first career shutout win stopping all five shots that he faced. Mitchell made 12 saves in net for Wellsboro. Northern Potter out shot the Hornets 17-5.
Northern Potter hosts Liberty on Tuesday in a winner-take-all match for the NTL west soccer crown.
Liberty 1, Williamson 1
The Mountaineers were able to keep pace with Northern Potter with their NTL West tie Saturday.
Peter Kutbay scored the Liberty goal off a Cody Schmouder assist.
Logan Everett had Williamson's goal off a Tyrus Hamblin helper to keep the match even.
The Mountaineers will travel to Northern Potter on Tuesday.
Troy 10, Towanda 0
Troy took to their home field for last time Saturday morning as they had started the season, versus Towanda.
This was a bitter sweet game for the eight Troy Seniors. The game featured several goal scorers: Shane Miller, Thomas Swain, Evan Polly (two goals) Josh Tower (two goals), Jordan Hodlofski and Aaron Smith all found the back of the net. Bradin Heimbach scored his first and very memorable varsity goal.
Assisters were led by Miller's five, with Smith and Luke Horning each with one. Miller stands at 20 assists on the season.
The Troy defense allowed no shots on goal for Towanda and recorded their ninth shut out of the year.
Matt McGee made nine saves for the Black Knights.
Troy will finish the regular season at Sayre on Tuesday.
Sullivan County 6,
Five different players scored for the Griffins as they picked up a Heartland Conference boys' soccer win Saturday.
Dylan Ammerman started off the scoring at 35:35 off a Jake Gavitt helper followed by Tom Blasi scoring unassisted at 34:17 to make it 2-0.
Evan Lewis scored off a rebound at 29:44, followed by Connor Wylie scoring off a Gavitt assist less than a minute later to make it 4-0 Sullivan.
Aaron Lewis scored with 7:08 off another Gavitt assist to make it 5-0 Sullivan at the half.
In the second half Evan Lewis scored with 29:52 left to make it a 6-0 final.
Sullivan out shot Montgomery 27-6 and had a 10-0 edge in corner kicks.
Zach Meyer earned the shut out with six saves while Andrew Wise had 22 stops for Montgomery.
Sullivan is at Muncy on Tuesday.
Sayre 2, Mansfield 0
Two Mikala McNamara goals was difference in this NTL girls' soccer game.
McNamara scored a first half goal off a penalty kick then added another in the second half off a corner kick on a Kelsey Young assist.
"Girls held it together and kept their heads in another physical game with Mansfield (14 fouls to our 8)," Sayre coach Tracy Mennig said. "Started off a bit slow the first half but played much better the second half. They kept their composure and I was proud of them for that."
Sayre out shot Mansfield 15-10 and had an edge in corner kicks 5-0.
Sarah Ostroski had nine saves in goal for the Redskins while Kasey Powlison had eight for the Tigers.
Mansfield is done until district play.
Troy 9, Towanda 1
Faith Ceeley had a hat trick as the Trojans picked up an NTL girls' soccer win Saturday.
Troy's first goal came at 34:32 by Louisa Shedden followed by Brooke Mattocks scoring three minutes later unassisted.
Taylor Johnston added a goal at 21:31, followed by Ceeley's first goal off a Brandi Minney helper to make it a 4-0 Troy.
Johnston scored at 11:15 off a Kara Schucker assist followed by Mattocks scoring off a Shedden assist at 7:02 left in the opening half to put the Trojans up 6-0 at the break.
Ceeley had back to back goals to start the second half, the first off a Schucker assist the second off a Mattocks helper. Casey Baxter scored late off a Shedden assist to make it 9-0 Troy.
Towanda's Julia Lambert scored with 3:15 left to in the game.
Troy out shot Towanda 22-10 and had more corner kicks 4-1.
Rachel Stafford made nine saves for the Trojans while Kylie Garris had eight stops for the Knights.
Troy is at Williamson Monday.