WILLIAMSPORT — The South Williamsport girls’ soccer team had been messing around with a different formation for the past week. The Mounties had practiced and had a plan of what to do and how to distribute the ball.
To say the plan and formation worked would be a gross understatement. South Williamsport came out strong, scoring a record four goals in Saturday’s 7-0 win over Juniata Christian in District 4’s Class A girls’ quarter-finals at Loyalsock.
The win propels the Mounties into the semifinals; The season ends for the lions.
South Williamsport (15-4) scored twice in the first three minutes of the game and set the tone early. Ella Moore and McKaye Wilton scored those first two goals when Rieppel assisted them, giving her 60 for her career.
The lions both had shots on goal in the first half. Juniata Christian had the best scoring chance when Annika Martin had a shot from 15 yards out that went low and was blocked by South goalkeeper Althea Street.
Juniata’s Christian goalkeeper Abby Warner had a highlight save in the second half. At 29:44 into the game, Aleigha Rieppel hooked up a shot that Warner jumped on and managed to get her fingertips on it to tip it backwards and out of harm’s way, preventing another South Williamsport goal.
Moore ended the day with a hat trick for the Mounties as South Williamsport dominated the entire game and rarely let Juniata Christian go on offense until late.
“McKaye is a poacher. She’s very fast and she finds ways to score goals. Ella is a much more polished player type.” said South Williamsport manager Marc Lovecchio. “I thought Ella played a great game today.”
South Williamsport had a 12-2 scoring advantage over Juniata Christian, firing 19 total shots. In the first half, South Williamsport smashed Juniata Christian’s goal. The Mounties fired 11 shots in the first half, all but two coming from inside the 18.
After Moore and Wilton quickly gave South a 2-0 lead, when Piper Minier drilled a shot from outside the 18 to the far right post, it was 33-16 to play in the first half. Less than two minutes later it was Julia Yeagle who scored to extend the 4-0 lead.
South Williamsport 7, Juniata Christian 0
SW Ella Moore (Aleigha Rieppel), 35:10. SW McKaye Wilton (Rieppel), 32:21. SW-Piper Minier, 33:16. SW Julia Yeagle, 31:31. SW Wilton, 27:23. SW Moore, 26:20. SW Moore, 28:10.
Shots: JC 2, SW 12. Corners: JC 1, SW 2. Saves: JC 4 (Abby Warner), SW 2 (Althea Street).
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