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BRADFORD — Bradford and Hollidaysburg were inseparable for more than an hour.

The District 9 champions scored the deciding goal in PIAA sub-regional Class 3A girls’ soccer on Saturday, but eliminated Hollidaysburg in a 4-3 win.

Hollidaysburg ended the half with two goals that gave the Lady Tigers a 3-1 lead, but Bradford struck back in the second half before Grace Close struck the winner at 4-04.

“The last three goals were a bit bumpy from our side” Hollidaysburg coach Tristan DelGuidice said. “It’s been a hell of a season, Bradford have played well to get back in and hats off to them. A disappointing playoff loss but we’ll be back next year.”

The District 6 champions were 2-1 at halftime after a 6th-minute goal from Lauren Stevenson and a 29th-minute goal from Bella Vent.

Stevenson finished a feed from Chloe Stoehr, who had made a nice move to make room for a run down the right wing before turning a ball into Stevenson. The sophomore didn’t get everything, but she got enough.

However, Maddi Cowburn responded two minutes later for Bradford after a defensive error in front of the net. Cowburn collected the loose ball and sent it into an open goal, responding with lightning speed to Tiger’s goal.

A defensive misplay also set up the next goal as Vent capitalized on it by making a run down the right gap before defeating a diving keeper. Around the 25th minute, the Lady Tigers began to turn the tide, keeping the ball in their offensive half.

Hollidaysburg’s momentum continued into the second verse when a long throw-in from Abby Steiner found Clapper in the box. Clapper took it with a bounce and buried it, doubling the Lady Tigers’ lead after they lined up in the offensive zone minutes earlier.

Bradford got one back from a corner in the 53rd minute when Bella Prince sent a cross that Cowburn found in the middle of a scramble. Seconds later, Kelsea Austin dribbled all the way down the right flank and netted a shot that Prince had to clean on a rebound to level the game.

“We saw video of (Bradford) and they pretty much did what we expected them to do in the first half.” said Del Guidice. “In the second half it was the same early on until they made an adjustment where they (Cowburn) were. They promoted her from midfield to forward, which caused us problems. We tried to adapt, but the adjustments didn’t work out the way we’d hoped.”

The back-to-back goals saw the teams back where they started with 20 minutes to go. In this part of the game, however, Bradford stayed on offense.

The Eulenfrauen earned a penalty in the 63rd minute, but a bounce to the right by H-Burg goalkeeper Sophia Blescia stopped it. After the first minutes of the second half belonged to the Lady Tigers, the closing stages were characterized by Bradford attacks as they pushed further ahead after equalizing.

Bradford finally broke through in the 76th minute when Close got a ball sent over the goal area by Prince to the receiving end. Hburg finished his season 15-6.

“I’m proud of the girls for the season they played and for the way they fought all year.” said Del Guidice. “There will only be one team in 3A that will be happy at this time of year and that will be decided in a couple of weeks but unfortunately our end came a little too early.”

HALF DEDUCED

Hollidaysburg 2 1 – 3

Bradford 1 3-4

First half: H–Stevenson (Stöhr); B—Cowburn; H vent.

Second half: H–Clapper (Steiner); B–Cowburn (Prince); B–Prince (Austin); B–Close (Prince).

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