West Branch overcomes early deficit to pull away from Damsels|
Friday, October 5, 2012
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
ALLPORT - The way that Thursday's contest started for the Moshannon Valley and West Branch soccer teams, you would've thought the game could have been decided by who scored the last goal in an offensive shootout.
But after the Damsels scored the game's opening goal, the Lady Warriors came back with 11 unanswered goals, including five from Christie Sabol and a hat trick from Emilee Hoffower. Liz White also added a pair of goals on the board to help West Branch defeat Mo Valley, 11-1.
The game was called the "Dribbling for Downs" game, which was made as a senior project for West Branch athletes Taylor Eirich, J.P. Hayles and Alexis Turner. West Branch donated proceeds of the game to Ryan Reynolds, an eight-month-old boy with Downs Syndrome.
"I thought that was a really cool thing they did," said West Branch head coach Clark Dale. "We've been doing the breast cancer thing for quite a few years now, and I think this was a nice change."
"We've been involved with West Branch through the Pink Outs over the past few years," said Mo Valley head coach Carl Yaple. "This is new, but I'm always supportive of any cause like that. No matter what team it would be, I'd try to help out in any way that I can."
At 8:08, Moshannon Valley's Brita Campbell found Katelynn Lansberry in the middle of the field. Lansberry received the ball and beat a West Branch defender before scoring the Damsels' lone goal.
"What we've been practicing is getting the ball up the field," said Mo Valley assistant coach Frank Stillman. "That's the way we want to start every game. After that, we seemed to control the ball a lot, but they had their fast breaks. They just beat us at the end of their fast breaks."
But just 35 seconds later, Liz White got West Branch on the board. Hoffower found White downfield, and White did the rest. She sprinted her way past the Mo Valley defense and slammed it home.
The Damsels kept the ball on the West Branch side of the field for a big portion of the first half. But on a Mo Valley goal kick, the goalkeeper hit a West Branch player and the ball landed right into the possession of White.
White shot and scored almost immediately to put her team ahead 2-1. Just over three minutes later, Sabol put in her first goal of the day.
"I'd say it was the third goal that took the wind out of our sails," said Stillman. "It was their third fast break in five minutes."
Hoffower joined the party just moments later on a cross from Sabol to the left side. Sabol tacked on another goal at 34:30 to make the score 5-1 at halftime.
"She's been struggling a little bit this year," said Dale of Sabol. "It was nice to see her have a good game. The entire offense all did well today."
"I was really happy we were able to get a lot of people involved. We've had a lot of girls that have worked hard all season, but due to the way some of the games have been going, I haven't got to play them. It was nice to be able to do that today. Every one of them played well. I was proud of everybody."
West Branch did not score again until the 63:50 mark. The Lady Warriors put three shots off the crossbar, but could not get past Brittany Pershing in goal. Pershing had seven of the Damsels' 18 saves.
Sabol started the scoring with two goals just a minute and four seconds apart from each other. Her first in the second half gave her a hat trick on the day.
Her fifth and final goal came on a header in the closing minutes of the game.
Hoffower scored twice in the second half, while Jenelle Thompson also had a goal.
"It's a shame the game ended the way it was," said Yaple. We came out the second half a little bit better. But the wind was taken out of their sails. We came out with a little bit better of an attitude. I think they played well up until about the last 15 minutes."
"They have to learn to get mental toughness. I think we're playing good fundamental ball. They just have to quit getting down on themselves."
West Branch improved to 7-6 on the season and travels to Bald Eagle Area tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.
The Damsels dipped to 2-10. They return to action on Oct. 16, hosting Tussey Mountain on senior night.
West Branch 11, Moshannon Valley 1
1. Katelynn Lansberry, MV, (Brita Campbell), 8:08.
2. Liz White, WB, (Emilee Hoffower), 8:43.
3. White, WB, (unassisted), 25:48.
4. Christie Sabol, WB, (Lauren Evans), 29:09.
5. Hoffower, WB, (Sabol), 29:50.
6. Sabol, WB, (White), 34:30.
7. Sabol, WB, (unassisted), 63:50.
8. Sabol, WB, (Hoffower), 64:54.
9. Jenelle Thompson, WB, (Sabol), 68:45.
10. Hoffower, WB, (unassisted), 72:20.
11. Sabol, WB, (Hoffower), 75:45.
12. Hoffower, WB, (Logan Curley), 79:00.
Shots: Moshannon Valley 10, West Branch 30.
Saves: Moshannon Valley (Mikayla Shawver, Brittany Pershing) 18, West Branch (Javannah Klingler, Delanie Kolesar) 8.
Corner kicks: Moshannon Valley 5, West Branch 8.