Sullivan tops St. John Neumann
LAPORTE - Sullivan County held off a late St. John Neumann rally to pick up a much needed 5-2 win in Heartland boy's soccer action Saturday.
Griffin Derek Wilkins scored the only first half at the 6:57 mark to put Sullivan up 1-0 at the half.
In the second half Dylan Ammerman scored off a Tom Blasi assist at 28:18, followed by Evan Lewis scoring off a Blasi assist at 26:29 to put Sullivan up 3-0.
That's when Neumann rallied as Isaac Beiter scored off an Austin Champion helper three minutes later. Then Anthony Pasaello cut it to 3-2 off another Champion helper at 20:17.
At the 13:52 mark Sullivan's Connor Wylie scored off a Wilkins throw in to give the Griffins some breathing room. Then Aaron Lewis secured the win at 10:12 off a Trey Richland assist.
Sullivan out shot Neumann 16-5 and had more corner kicks 4-1.
Zach Meyer made three saves for Sullivan while Andrew Romano had 11 for Neumann.
The pulls the Griffins to 6-6-1 with five games left. They will need to be .500 or better to earn a district berth.
Sullivan hosts Southern Columbia on Tuesday.
Northeast Bradford 3, Liberty 0
The Panthers moved to two wins away from clinching their first NTL East Saturday.
Todd Bonin started off the Northeast Bradford scoring at the 18:32 mark off a Justin Beaudoin helper.
Then in the second half Isaiah McPherson scored off a penalty kick at 52:29 followed by another goal from McPherson 11 minutes later to cap off the scoring.
Northeast out shot Liberty 5-4 while Liberty had more corner kicks 7-5.
James Zajac had four saves for Northeast while Jacob Spring made three stops for Liberty.
Liberty (8-5) is at Wellsboro on Tuesday.
Troy 1, Northern Potter 0
A Shane Miller goal with 17:01 left in the first half was the difference in this cross NTL game Saturday. Thomas Swain assisted on the goal. The win is Troy's eighth shutout of the season.
It was parents recognition day for the Trojans.
Troy out shot Northern Potter 11-6 and had more corner kicks 5-4.
Dylan Walaski made 10 saves for the Panthers while Jason Esaias (3) and Zach Culkin (2) combined for five saves for Troy.
Troy won the JV game 2-0.
Northern Potter is at Galeton Tuesday while Troy will travel out to Central Mountain on Thursday for a non-league match.
Sayre 1, Wellsboro 0
The Redskins traveled to Wellsboro and came home with another win. The only score of the game came in the first half with the clock at 29:58 remaining. The goal was off a direct kick by Seth Murrelle who as able to get the ball into the upper corner of the net.
The game was a defensive battle with very few shots on either end of the field.
Sayre had eight shots to Wellsboro's seven while the Redskins had a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks. Sayre keepers Marshall Higley and Guiseppe Scavone combined for six saves and Jake Mitchell logged three saves for Wellsboro.
"Our defense really stepped it up and played well tonight," Sayre coach Glenn Murrelle said. "Cuyler Kochin, Mitchell Ward, Juan Velzquez and Kyle Lake were instrumental in keeping the number of shots to a minimum. Higley and Scavone had outstanding performances in goal."
Wellsboro coach John Shaffer was pleased with his team's performance, too.
"The team played well and created a ton of chances in the second half," he said. "We limited (Nate) Williams to only one real shot on goal and kept Seth (Murrelle) from any chances other then the free kicks."
Shaffer also wasn't happy with the call against his goalie that led to the Sayre goal.
"It is a shame that such a good battle was decided in a questionable call so early in the game," he remarked. "My goalie was called for holding the ball outside of the 18 when going to punt the ball, even though his feet were in then box. I have never seen that call in my soccer life and to Sayers credit Seth's free kick was great."
Sayre improves to 8-5 and will travel to Athens Tuesday for a 5:30 game.
Galeton 5, Towanda 0
The Tigers had five different players score in their NTL win Saturday.
Jacob Rachiele, Dakota Shadle, Mitchell Smith, Harrison Brumbach and Hunter Rachiele all had goals for Galeton while Hunter Rachiele also had an assist.
Galeton out shot Towanda 15-1 and had more corner kicks 10-0.
Matt McGee had nine saves for the Knights while James Sunderlin had one for Galeton.
Montoursville 1, Athens 0
A first half goal by Jacob Bair was the difference maker in the close non-league loss by the Wildcats.
"It is good to get a team in from down there," Athens coach Jake Lezak said. "We know they play tough competition, they are a team that was well below .500 and we should have come out and performed better. The first half was basically the same thing we did against Troy, our offense was fairly non-existent. It's very frustrating for us at this point of the season, we should be scoring, we should be scoring frequently. We are doing a lot of the right things, we just aren't finishing."
It wasn't all bad for Athens, though.
"Our defense really held on," Lezak said. "We gave up a lot of corner kicks but that was basically us kicking the ball out of bounds. We came out in the second half and had a lot of good opportunities but just couldn't put them away."
Montoursville out shot Athens 7-6 and had more corner kicks 7-1.
Neil Carpenter made eight saves for Athens while Sawyer Bressler had three for the Warriors.
Montoursville won the JV game 1-0.
Athens hosts Sayre on Tuesday.
Montgomery 2, Sullivan County 1
LAPORTE - Despite dominating play in the second half the Griffins couldn't overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit in their Heartland Conference loss Saturday.
Ally Shrimp had the goal for Sullivan in the second to cut it to 2-1 with 22:59 left to play.
Sullivan out shot Montgomery 7-6 and had more corner kicks 8-3.
Cortney Rupert made four saves in goal for Sullivan, including stopping a penalty kick to keep it a one goal deficit.