Record 20-3 (V), 9-3-1 (JV)
Penns Valley and Juniata Named Co-Champs of the Central Mountain Girls' Soccer League
Nov. 9 - The Central Mountain Girls' Soccer League decided to name Penns Valley and Juniata co-champions this year instead of playing the championship game. As a result there will be no more soccer games or practices this season.
Penns Valley Falls to Westmont-Hilltop in District 6 Championship
Nov. 3 - The Lady Rams traveled to Richland High School to take on perennial District 6 champ Westmont-Hilltop and fought valiantly but couldn't overcome the size, strength and speed of the Hilltoppers. Westmont scored twice in the second half to win the game 2-0.
Penns Valley came out hard and had some opportunities to score in the first half. The best chance was on a direct kick from about 25 yards out when MaryAnne Ventura launched a nice shot which went over the keeper's head and off the bottom of the crossbar but bounced back out. Toward the end of the half Westmont started taking control and put a lot of pressure on the Lady Rams' defense but the defense held firm and Holly Heinrichs made some keys stops in goal.
The Lady Rams regrouped at halftime and came out stronger in the second half. The Hilltoppers, however, found the back of the net six minutes into the half when one of their forwards got around the defense and launched a shot past Heinrichs. Towards the middle of the half, Penns Valley started to apply some pressure on the Westmont defense but their defenders were able to deny each opportunity. With the Lady Rams pressing forward, the Hilltoppers clinched the game when they scored with three minutes to go in the game to make the final score 2-0.
Lady Rams Advance to District Finals
Nov. 1 - In a rematch of last year's district semifinal match, Bishop McCort came to Penns Valley looking for another win but it was the Lady Rams who ended up singing in the rain as they beat the Crushers 2-1 to get revenge and to advance to the district finals.
The game was played under very sloppy conditions as the field was softened up by a few hours of rain and a previous game. Much of the game was played at midfield as it was difficult to control the ball in the mud. About 15 minutes into the game, Penns Valley got on the scoreboard when MaryAnne Ventura fed a ball through the defense to a sprinting Sarah Montminy who controlled the pass and beat the keeper to the far side of the goal. Holly Heinrichs came up with a few key saves to keep the score 1-0 at the half.
The second half again saw a lot of back and forth action and the field continued to degrade, especially in the middle, so that it became difficult to kick the ball and stay upright. The Lady Rams scored next when MaryAnne Ventura crossed the ball into Ashlyn Schriefer who was about 18 yards out from the goal. Ashlyn trapped it and nudged the ball past a defender to a hard charging Jess Glasgow who put the shot away to make it 2-0. The Crushers finally got on the scoreboard with about 15 minutes left in the game when one of their players attempted a cross from the corner which found its way over Heinrichs' head and into the goal. The last 15 minutes were hard fought by both teams in difficult conditions. Penns Valley had a number of dangerous opportunities but were unable to put it away. Bishop McCort then had two corner kicks in the last two minutes of the game but the Penns Valley defense came up big and denied them the goal.
Penns Valley will now face Westmont-Hilltop, a 7-0 winner over Huntingdon, in the district final. The game will be played on Thursday, November 3, at 6:00pm at Richland High School.
Lady Rams Advance to District Semifinals
Oct. 27 - Penns Valley met Bald Eagle for the third time this season in the District 6 quarterfinal and came away with a dominating 5-0 win. A solid defensive effort held Bald Eagle to only one shot for the game and a relentless offense kept the pressure on.
The Lady Rams got on the scoreboard in the tenth minute when Ashlyn Schriefer crossed the ball into Sarah Montminy who corraled it and put it in the back of the net. While the Lady Rams continued to put on the pressure, they were unable to find the goal again until 36:42 when Schriefer passed to MaryAnne Ventura and she beat the keeper into the corner of the goal.
In the second half, the Lady Rams stepped up the pressure and kept possession away from Bald Eagle. At 55:13, Ventura fed a beautiful pass through the defense to a streaking Shriefer who tucked the ball into the corner of the goal. Two minutes later the Montminy sisters combined to make it 4-0. Jen fed the ball into Sarah who found an opening and rocketed the ball past the keeper. The scoring was finished by Kala Fultz at 72:25 on an assist from Jamie Leitch.
The Lady Rams next game will be on Tuesday, November 1, at Penns Valley at 7:30pm. They will take on Bishop McCort who was a 2-1 winner over Richland in a penalty kick shootout.
Penns Valley Blanks Bellefonte
Oct. 24 - The Lady Rams finished out their regular season with their tenth shutout of the year as they beat Bellefonte 2-0.
The Lady Rams started slowly and did not control the ball as they normally do during the first half. The Bellefonte keeper also did a good job of being aggressive and turning away the opportunities that Penns Valley did get. Finally at 32:07 Ashlyn Schriefer found Sarah Montminy with a pass that allowed her to get behind the defense and score the first goal of the game. It took a fine defensive play by Ella Myer to preserve the shutout in the last minute before halftime. There was a scramble in front of the Penns Valley net and Ella cleared the ball off the line just as it was about to go in the goal.
In the second half, Penns Valley started to take control and played a much better possession game, limiting the opportunities that Bellefonte had. Bellefonte did get one opportunity partway through the half and it took a fine diving save by Holly Heinrichs to keep Bellefonte off of the scoreboard. At the 49:40 mark, Sarah Montminy scored again on an assist from Schriefer to notch the final goal of the game.
In later action, the Penns Valley JV beat the Bellefonte JV by a score of 5-0. Goals were scored by Katie Kreisher (2), Alicia Leitch, Kala Fultz and Lily Hoffman. Alison Geesey was credited with an assist.
Penns Valley to Face Juniata for CMGSL Championship
The Central Mountain Girls' Soccer League Championship will now be held at an undetermined time and location between Penns Valley and Juniata. Juniata beat East Juniata 3-1 in a playoff on Thursday to win the right to play the Lady Rams. The game will not be Saturday, October 22, as previously planned. An announcement will be made on this web site as soon as the date is known.
District Seedings Announced
The District 6 seedings have been announced and are listed on the left side of this page. Penns Valley will play its first game against on Thursday, October 27, at 7:30pm against Bald Eagle Area at the Penns Valley athletic field. Follow the link on the upper left part of this page to view the entire District 6 Bracket.
Penns Valley Blanks Bald Eagle
Oct. 19 - The Lady Rams scored early and dominated the play on their way to a 5-0 shutout of Bald Eagle.
The first goal came 2:10 into the game when MaryAnne Ventura took a corner kick and Sarah Montminy headed the ball into the upper right corner of the goal. Ventura then scored her own goal unassisted at the 13:18 mark with a nice left-footed shot into the right side of the net. Jess Glasgow finished the scoring for the half with a shot from the side which went over the keeper's head and into the net.
In the second half, the Lady Rams continued to have strong defensive and midfield play which allowed them to control the play. At the 57:25 mark, Mona Bryant scored with a low shot that beat the keeper to the left side of the goal. At 72:48 Julie Yeagley played a nice ball through the defense where a charging Alicia Leitch beat the keeper to the ball and finished with a nice shot.
In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV shut out the Bald Eagle JV 5-0. Goals were scored by Kala Fultz (2), Alicia Leitch, Lily Hoffman and Becky Bent. Credited with assists were Mona Bryant, Alicia Leitch and Kristin Darr.
Penns Valley Overcomes Lewistown
Oct. 18 - The Lady Rams struggled with the conditions on a windy day on a hard field but were eventually able to gut out a 3-2 victory over a pesky Lewistown team.
Lewistown drew first blood at the 15:00 minute mark on a ball that took a high bounce and into the back of the net. Sarah Montminy answered a minute later, however, with an unasisted goal. At 23:15 Ashlyn Schriefer took a corner kick which Julie Yeagley found in a scramble in front of the net and was able to get past the pile of bodies for her first goal of the day. At 28:10, however, Lewistown answered when they were able to get behind the defense and put a shot in the corner of the goal. Both teams had a lot of problems trying to get the ball on the ground to pass as the wind and the hard field combined to make the ball difficult to control.
Penns Valley came out in the second half and started to settle down and played better from the start. Lewistown had very few chances in the half but the Lady Rams were unable to capitalize on a number of good chances. Finally, with a minute and a half left in the game, MaryAnne Ventura took a corner kick which bounced back out towards her as she was running in from the corner. She headed the ball back in front of the net where Julie Yeagley was able to get her foot on it and knocked it past the keeper for the game winner.
In later action, the Lewistown JV beat the Penns Valley JV 3-0.
Lady Rams Beat West Branch
Oct. 17 - The Lady Rams started slowly but eventually put together a dominating performance all over the field to defeat West Branch 6-1.
Penns Valley struggled to find their possession game the first ten minutes but a goal from Sarah Montminy at the 11:01 mark helped to settle them down. MaryAnne Ventura assisted Montminy on the goal. Emily Searfoss added an unassisted goal a few minutes later. At the 20:05 mark, Ventura got a goal of her own when she took a pass from Toot McCool and dribbled through the defense before placing the ball in the corner of the net. At 27:30, Jamie Leitch hustled towards a cross from Julie Yeagley, got to the ball just before the keeper arrived and knocked it past the keeper. Montminy finished the scoring for the half at 29:24 on an assist from Ashlyn Schriefer.
The Lady Rams came out in the second half and continued their dominance. Playing a good possession game, they did not allow West Branch many chances at the goal. Ashlyn Schriefer scored the last goal for the Lady Rams about eight minutes into the half off of a nice cross from Jess Glasgow. West Branch did manage to get a goal a little later off of a corner kick but was unable to get any momentum going afterwards.
In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV defeated the West Branch JV 8-1. Kala Fultz scored two goals to lead the offense. Goals were also scored by Cassie Homan, Kristin Darr, Becky Bent, Whitney Crater, Alicia Leitch and Mona Bryant. Alicia Leitch had three assists and Whitney Crater and Mona Bryant each had an assist.
Penns Valley Shuts Out Moshannon Valley
Oct. 12 - A hat trick from Sarah Montminy and a two goal, two assist night from Ashlyn Schriefer led the Lady Rams to a 9-0 victory over the Damsels.
Coming off a Monday evening loss, the Lady Rams came out strong and started scoring early. Jamie Leitch notched the first goal on an assist from Ashlyn Schriefer. Sarah Montminy then scored her first goal unassisted followed by a second goal with an assist from Schriefer. Schriefer finished the scoring in the first half with an assist from Jess Glasgow. Towards the end of the half, play got a little sloppy but the defenders were able to keep the Damsels from mounting a serious challenge.
Penns Valley came out strong again in the second half and the midfielders dominated play. Goals in the second half were scored by Ashlyn Schriefer, Sarah Montminy, Julie Yeagley, Cassie Deardorff and Lily Hoffman. Assists were credited to MaryAnne Ventura and Toot McCool.
There is a time change for the game against Bald Eagle on Wednesday, October 19. The game will be played on the football field with the JV game starting at 5:30pm and the varsity game starting at 7:00pm.
Lady Rams Lose to Huntingdon in Overtime
Oct. 10 - Huntingdon came out hard and hustled all night long, scoring the game-winner one minute into overtime, to beat Penns Valley 3-2.
It was a hard fought game from the beginning on a slick Detwiler Field in Huntingdon. The Lady Rams struck first midway through the first half when MaryAnne Ventura picked up a loose ball inside the penalty area, dribbled around a defender, and beat the keeper to the far post. Huntingdon, however, struck back within a few minutes to tie the game. Towards the end of the half, Huntingdon scored again when they were awarded a penalty kick and converted it to make the score 2-1. Sarah Montminy tied the score a few minutes later when she won the ball from a Huntingdon defender and went in alone on the keeper and buried the ball in the back of the net.
The second half saw a lot more hard play with neither team really controlling the play. Penns Valley did keep the ball in the Huntingdon end of the field much more during the half but was unable to convert on a number of good chances. The Lady Rams were never able to work their passing and possesion game as they had trouble adjusting to the wet field and the hustle of the Huntingdon team. Huntingdon finally got the game winner one minute into overtime when they took a corner kick. There was a struggle in front of the goal for the ball and a Huntingdon player finally got their head on it and knocked it into the net.
In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV beat Huntingdon 3-0. Goals were scored by Kala Fultz, Alison Geesey and Alicia Leitch with assists by Mona Bryant, Greta Baier and Alison Geesey.
Lady Rams Trounce Tyrone
Oct. 5 - Penns Valley scored early and often against the first-year Tyrone Eagles and all 41 Lady Rams got to play as they shut out the Eagles 11-0.
Jamie Leitch got the scoring started 1:23 into the game on an assist from Sarah Montminy. Eight minutes later the pair combined again as Leitch notched her second goal and Montminy her second assist. At 13:05 Montminy added an unassisted goal to make it 3-0. Also tallying goals in the first half were MaryAnne Ventura, Ali Yarger, Mona Bryant and Ashlyn Schriefer. Getting the assists on those goals were Julie Yeagley, Sarah Montminy and MaryAnne Ventura.
Five minutes into the second half Toot McCool scored on an assist from Pam Heinrichs. MaryAnne Ventura then notched her second goal of the day on an assist from Jen Montminy. At 62:30 Jen Montminy added her own goal on an assist from Kristin Darr and then Darr finished the scoring at 73:40 on an assist from Greta Baier.
The Lady Rams outshot the Eagles 24-0 in the first half and 15-4 in the second half. PV had their passing game working from the start and didn't allow much penetration into their defensive end of the field.
Penns Valley Foils Philipsburg
Oct. 3 - Despite having to wait nearly an hour for officials to show up, the Lady Rams quickly got down to business once the game started and shut out Philipsburg-Osceola 6-0.
Sarah Montminy got the scoring started at the 2:45 mark on an assist from Cassie Deardorff. Despite the early goal, the Lady Rams struggled early on to get their passing game going and Philipsburg played with a lot of intensity to put pressure on the ball. Midway through the first half, Penns Valley finally got things going and MaryAnne Ventura struck next at the 19:07 mark on a pass from Larissa Fetterolf. About six minutes later Toot McCool left her mark with a beautiful header into the back of the net off a corner kick from Ashlyn Schriefer. Jamie Leitch finished the scoring in the first half on an assist from Emily Searfoss.
Penns Valley started off the second half the way they ended the first by continuing to control the ball and Jamie Leitch notched her second goal three minutes in off a nice pass from MaryAnne Ventura. Ashlyn Schriefer finished the scoring five minutes later with an unassisted goal.
Lady Rams Blank Bishop Guilfoyle
Sept. 28 - A good night from MaryAnne Ventura provided much of the early offense and another good night from the defense led Penns Valley to a 9-0 win over Bishop Guilfoyle.
Ventura got the scoring started in the 13th minute with an unassisted goal. Then four minutes later she fed a nice pass through to Ashlyn Schriefer who notched her first goal of the night. At 21:50 Ventura scored again with an assist from Sierra Leitch. At 28:50 Julie Yeagley fed a pass to Sarah Montminy who beat the keeper from close range. At 29:12 Katie Kreisher picked up a loose ball and fired it home to finish the scoring for the first half.
The Lady Rams scored early and often in the second half with Schriefer notching her second goal two minutes into the half. Two minutes later Ventura found Jamie Leitch with a nice pass and Leitch found the back of the net. The scoring for the game was finished off by Mona Bryant who scored twice 17 seconds apart in the 51st minute. Bishop Guilfoyle tried to pack it in defensively and never mounted a serious offensive threat. They recorded no shots during the game.
Penns Valley Blanks Bald Eagle
Sept. 27 - Rival Bald Eagle came to town on Tuesday but a stiff defense and a hat trick from Ashlyn Schriefer led the Lady Rams to a 4-0 victory.
Penns Valley dominated play from the start but could not find the finishing touch. The keeper for Bald Eagle turned away shot after shot and had some help from the posts and crossbar on more than one occasion. Meanwhile the PV defense, including Julie Yeagley, Cassie Deardorff, Ella Myer, Jamie Leitch and Ali Yarger, did not allow the BEA offense to get anything going. Holly Heinrichs only had to stop one shot on goal all evening.
At the 30:23 mark, Jen Montminy crossed the ball to the front of the net where a charging Schriefer scored the first goal. Just three minutes later, Schriefer scored again off a nice through pass from MaryAnne Ventura to end the scoring for the half.
In the second half, the Lady Rams kept the pressure on. At 58:12, Sierra Leitch crossed the ball towards the far post where a charging Jamie Leitch knocked it home to make it 3-0. Schriefer then finished the scoring on a beautiful goal at the 65:38 mark. Emily Searfoss took a corner kick and placed it in the air about ten yards from the goal where a leaping Schriefer headed it into the upper right corner of the net. Overall, it was a well played game from the Lady Rams, who really controlled the midfield and passed the ball well.
In earlier action, the Lady Rams JV beat Bald Eagle 6-0 on goals by Kala Fultz, Chelsey Long, Alicia Leitch, Mona Bryant, Alison Geesey and Kate Burlingame. Two assists each were recorded by Katie Kreisher and Mona Bryant.
Penns Valley Beats West Branch
Sept. 22 - The Lady Rams played at West Branch on Thursday and came away the winners by a score of 3-1.
Penns Valley began the first half by passing the ball well but, in spite of a number of good opportunities, could not get a good foot on the ball in front of the net. Finally, at the 17:50 mark, Julie Yeagley played a nice ball through the West Branch defense and Sarah Montminy chased it down and beat the goalie to the far post. West Branch answered later in the first half, however, when a misplayed ball found its way to one of their strikers who found the corner of the goal.
The Lady Rams found a little more success in the second half as MaryAnne Ventura hit a nice left-footed shot from about 20 yards out into the back of the net at the 44:27 mark. Just five minutes later Sarah Montminy found the net again after she dribbled by the defense. Penns Valley outshot West Branch 16-4.
The Penns Valley JV then took on the West Branch JV and shutout the home team by a score of 2-0. Kala Fultz and Lily Hoffman were the goal scorers for the Lady Rams in that game.
Lady Rams Shut Out Moshannon Valley
Sept. 20 - The Lady Rams traveled to Houtzdale on Tuesday evening and, led by two goals from MaryAnne Ventura and a steady defense, shut out Moshannon Valley 8-0.
Jamie Leitch got the scoring started at the 11:24 mark when she took a pass from Larissa Fetterolf and beat the keeper to the far post. At 17:16 Ventura scored her first goal with an assist from Emily Searfoss. Four minutes later Alicia Leitch scored with an assist from Sierra Leitch. Ella Myer added a nice goal two minutes before halftime when she dribbled through the defense and beat the keeper.
Ventura added her second goal seven minutes into the second half when she placed a shot into the lower right corner of the goal. Also adding goals were Jess Glasgow, Holly Heinrichs and Brandy Holmes with assists by Ashlyn Schriefer, Stacey Bryant and Lily Hoffman. Penns Valley outshot the Damsels 37-5 and Jess Neese and Ally Lush combined for the shutout in goal.
Penns Valley Blanks Indian Valley
Sept. 19 - The Lady Rams traveled to Lewistown on Monday afternoon and shut out Indian Valley 2-0. Despite numerous good opportunities in the first half, the Lady Rams could not find the back of the net. They finally broke through two minutes into the second half when Ashlyn Schriefer struck a loose ball past the near post and into the goal. Less than three minutes later Sarah Montminy found an open Jamie Leitch who drove the ball past the keeper for the second goal.
After the varsity game, the Penns Valley JV also shut out the Lady Warriors by a score of 2-0. Kala Fultz scored in the first half on an assist from Lily Hoffman. Fultz then added an unassisted goal in the second half.
Lady Rams Overcome Huntingdon
Sept. 15 - On Thursday night Huntingdon surprised Penns Valley with their speed and scored an early goal before the Lady Rams could settle down and wear down the visiting Bearcats with four unanswered goals.
Showing speed and hustle that Penns Valley has not seen in an opponent recently, the Bearcats saw numerous early opportunities to score and finally capitalized at the 10:16 mark when their speediest striker outran the defenders and chipped the ball over the head of a charging Holly Heinrichs and into the back of the net. Heinrichs had to come off of her line quite a few times early in the game and made some nice saves to keep the score at 1-0. At 15:53 Penns Valley struck back when MaryAnne Ventura slipped a nice pass through the Huntingdon defense where a charging Sarah Montminy took it and beat the keeper. The score remained knotted at 1-1 for the rest of the first half as the Penns Valley defense settled down and compensated for the Huntingdon speed and the PV midfielders began to control play in the middle.
Three minutes into the second half Ashlyn Schriefer deflected a nice cross from the wing towards Jamie Leitch who buried the ball into the back of the net. Six minutes later MaryAnne Ventura sent another nice pass through the defense where Sarah Montminy picked it up and scored again. MaryAnne Ventura then finished the scoring at the 51:40 mark when she launched a shot from outside the penalty area which found its way through the keeper's legs.
The Lady Rams did a much better job of controlling play with good passing in the second half and wore down the Bearcats who were forced to chase.
In earlier action the Penns Valley JV beat the Huntingdon JV 1-0. Alison Geesey scored in the first minute of play off an assist from Katie Kreisher.
Penns Valley Beats Tyrone
Sept. 13 - The Lady Rams scored early and often on their way to a 9-1 win over first-year team Tyrone on Tuesday.
Jamie Leitch started the scoring at the 3:13 mark off an assist from Ashlyn Schriefer. A few minutes later, Leitch returned the favor by assisting on a Schriefer goal. Four more goals followed in the first half by Emily Searfoss, Sierra Leitch, Lily Hoffman and Alicia Leitch. Assists were recorded by Sarah Montminy, Alison Geesey and Brandy Holmes.
In the second half, goals were scored by Jamie Leitch, Sarah Montminy and Jess Neese with assists from Ali Yarger and Kate Burlingame. PV outshot Tyrone 42 to 2 for the game.
Lady Rams Blast Bellefonte
Sept. 12 - In their first home game of the year, Penns Valley was led by a strong defense and a hat trick from Sarah Montminy to an 8-2 win over visiting Bellefonte.
Sarah Montminy got the scoring started early at 4:22 when Larissa Fetterolf played a nice cross from the right wing into Montminy who buried the opportunity into the back of the net. Ten minutes later Jess Glasgow took the ball in on the goalie and scored to make it 2-0. Bellefonte answered off of a direct kick that hit the crossbar and bounced in. Jess Glasgow quickly scored again to increase the lead to 3-1 when Emily Searfoss fed her a nice cross from the right side. Jamie Leitch finished the scoring in the first half at 34:54 after MaryAnne Ventura gave her a nice through ball behind the defense.
In the second half, Sarah Montminy scored twice in the first five minutes with assists coming from Larissa Fetterolf and Julie Yeagley. Jamie Leitch notched her second goal at the fifty minute mark off an assist from Ashlyn Schriefer. Julie Yeagley then finished the scoring with a nice header into the goal off of a corner kick by Alison Geesey. Bellefonte managed one more goal at 75:32 to finish the scoring.
The Lady Rams moved the ball very well and kept Bellefonte chasing most of the night. The PV defense was solid the whole game and developed many of the counter-attacks.
In earlier action, the PV JV set the tone for the night by beating the Bellefonte JV 7-1. Kala Fultz netted the hat trick for the Lady Rams with Alison Geesey, Alicia Leitch and Greta Baier also scoring. Assists were credited to Katie Kreisher, Kristin Darr, Alison Geesey and Whitney Crater.
Penns Valley Beats Bishop Guilfoyle
Sept. 10 - The Lady Rams traveled to Altoona on Saturday to take on Bishop Guilfoyle and Emily Searfoss scored her first career hat trick and added an assist to lead PV to a 7-1 win.
Jamie Leitch got the scoring started for the Lady Rams when she took a pass from Emily Searfoss and beat the keeper. Searfoss then scored two more goals in the first half with assists from Toot McCool and Sarah Montminy.
Scoring in the second half were Sarah Montminy, Jamie Leitch, Emily Searfoss and Lily Hoffman. Cassie Deardorff added an assist. The Lady Rams dominated play and outshot BG 25-2. Penns Valley hosts their first home game on Monday, September 12, against Bellefonte.
Lady Rams Blank Philipsburg 2-0
Sept. 8 - Penns Valley played their first league game on Thursday afternoon at Philipsburg and notched their first shutout of the season.
PV dominated play for much of the first half but, inspite of many quality opportunities, could not get the ball in the net. Finally, at the 30 minute mark, Ella Myer beat the outside defender and dribbled the ball in towards the goal along the endline. She crossed the ball back across the middle where she found a charging Toot McCool who knocked it home.
The second half played out in much the same way although Philipsburg did come up with a few scoring opportunities. The Lady Ram defense was able to deny all of their chances. Once again PV peppered Philipsburg with shots but could not convert. With one minute to go in the game, MaryAnne Ventura played a nice chip behind the defense where Sarah Montminy picked it up and beat the keeper for the final score.
In the following game the JV played to a scoreless tie.
Penns Valley Falls to Hughesville
Sept. 3 - In their first ever appearance in the championship match of the Hughesville Tournament, the Lady Rams kept it close in the first half but could not keep it going during the second half as Hughesville came out on top, 6-1.
Hughesville scored the first two goals but the Lady Rams answered when Sarah Montminy drove behind the defense and took a shot from the right side of the goal. The Hughesville goalie deflected it but a charging Jamie Leitch knocked it in the back of the net to get within a goal. PV had some more chances during the half but the size, strength and technical ability of the Hughesville team began to wear the Lady Rams down. Hughesville scored once more before the half to make it 3-1.
In the second half, Penns Valley could not get anything going and Hughesville knocked in three more to make the final score 6-1. In earlier action the Lady Rams JV took the Hughesville JV into overtime before finally falling when Hughesville knocked in the golden goal. PV scored when Katie Kreisher took a penalty kick which was initially blocked by the goalie. Kreisher picked up the rebound and put the ball back across the middle where a hustling Alicia Leitch put it in the net.
Lady Rams Kick Off Season with Win
Sept. 2 - Penns Valley started off their season in stellar fashion on Friday evening with a 3-2 win over Loyalsock at the annual Hughesville Tournament. The win earns them a spot in the tournament final on Saturday evening at 7:00pm against Hughesville.
Loyalsock started off the scoring early, only 50 seconds into the game, after the Lady Rams failed to clear a ball away from the middle. One of the Loyalsock players took a shot from about 20 yards out and lofted it over the head of PV Goalkeeper Holly Heinrichs and just under the crossbar. After that PV settled down and started to take the game to their opponents. After a lot of nice ball movement, MaryAnne Ventura fed a nice pass behind the defense at the 5:52 mark to a hard charging Sarah Montminy who took the ball in on the keeper and buried it in the corner. Five minutes later, Sarah repaid the favor by springing MaryAnne free with a nice pass and MaryAnne buried the shot to make it 2-1. The Lady Rams finished the half with a 7 to 2 shot advantage.
The score stayed the same well into the second half until the 64 minute mark when a Loyalsock player again picked up a loose ball about 20 yards out and played another high shot into the back of the net to make it 2-2. Despite numerous good opportunities Penns Valley could not find the back of the net as the Loyalsock keeper came up big on a number of occasions. With less than 10 minutes left in the game, Coach Wiest moved Ashlyn Schriefer from her defensive position up to the front line to try to crank up the pressure. With less than five minutes to play, Ventura lofted another nice pass to a charging Schriefer who chipped the ball over the keepers head and into the back of the net for the game winner. The Lady Rams outshot the Lady Lancers 12 to 2 in the second half and dominated much of the play.
In earlier action, the Lady Rams JV lost by a score of 1-3 against the Loyalsock JV. It was a good game with a lot of back and forth action. Loyalsock scored first but Katie Kreisher responded by dribbling through the defense and notching her first goal of the season to tie the score. In the second half, the Lady Lancers added two more goals to finish the scoring. The JV will play at 4:00pm on Saturday against Hughesville.