Moshannon Valley girls soccer downs Grier, 5-0|
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
AMESVILLE - The Moshannon Valley girls soccer team hasn't had the success it has wanted at this point of the season. At times, it has been a struggle to get 11 healthy players on the field.
On Tuesday evening, the Damsels finally received a reward for their hard work after losing eight in a row.
Wynter Adams led Mo Valley with a hat trick on the day, while Mikayla Shawver pitched a shutout in goal to blank Grier, 5-0 at the Moshannon Valley Athletic Complex.
"They played a good game," said Mo Valley head coach Carl Yaple. They were high-energy and they were excited. "We achieved one of our goals this year. We wanted to have a shutout. That was a big shot in our arm."
"I think they've all been playing better. They're playing better fundamental ball these last couple games than they were at the beginning of the season and in the past. And it shows on the field. It's coming together."
Just 3:10 into the game, Abby Williams found Katelynn Lansberry on a cross pass from the right side of the field. Lansberry took the pass and drilled it to the left side of the goal past the Grier goalie.
At the 22-minute mark, the Damsels almost tacked on another goal from Zoe Stiles. Williams found Stiles open in the middle of the field, but the kick sailed high over the goal.
But four minutes later, Adams found the net for her first goal on a direct kick from just past midfield. Adams placed the kick in the top left corner of the goal to put Mo Valley up 2-0.
She later scored again on a penalty kick just before halftime.
"She's a good player and everybody knows that," said Yaple. We put her in the center-midfield position for that reason. She can control the ball and get it downfield. Sometimes she's a little unselfish. She should be taking some shots when she's open, but she passes. But that comes with experience."
In the second half, Adams picked up from where she left off at halftime.
From the middle of the field and about 10 yards in front of the net, she took a shot that banged off the crossbar. But Adams again was at the right place at the right time as she grabbed her rebound and put it in for the hat trick at 56:32.
Williams finished the scoring with a goal at 65:42. Brita Campbell was credited with an assist on the play.
Grier goalkeepers Jerica Shuck, Rachel Climer and Teresa Heise combined for nine saves on the evening.
"They played well," said Yaple. "Being as it is with Grier, I'm sure it's hard to have consistency through the years. You have to give those coaches and the school a lot of credit for doing what they can do with the team they have year after year."
"It's not an easy win. Every time we scored, we were yelling ‘0-0' on the sidelines. That's trying to keep us from getting cocky and trying to keep us humble. That's something that the girls decided to do this season to try to keep things down to earth. We're no better than anybody else until the final whistle."
With the win, Mo Valley improved to 2-9 on the season and travels to West Branch tomorrow. The Lady Warriors defeated the Damsels in the opening game of the season, 5-2.
"We're just getting new people off the injured reserve list," said Yaple. It's almost like the beginning of the season again. The team has to learn what they've got."
Moshannon Valley 5, Grier 0
1. Katelyn Lansberry, (Abby Williams), 3:10.
2. Wynter Adams, (unassisted), 26:14.
3. Adams, (penalty kick), 36:05.
4. Adams, (unassisted), 56:32.
5. Williams, (Brita Campbell), 65:42.
Shots: Grier 8, Moshannon Valley 16.
Saves: Grier (Jerica Shuck, Rachel Climer, Teresa Heise) 9, Moshannon Valley (Mikayla Shawver) 7.
Corner kicks: Grier 1, Moshannon Valley 3.