Record 12-6-1 (V), 10-6-1 (JV)
2006 All-Stars Named
November 6 - The Central Mountain Girls' Soccer League (CMGSL) and the Mountain Athletic Conference (MAC) have announced their all-stars for the 2006 season. MaryAnne Ventura won top honors in the CMGSL by being named to the All-State team. You can find all of the all-stars listed here.
PV Bows Out in District Semifinals
October 30 - The Lady Rams traveled to Hollidaysburg on Monday night to take on perennial District 6 champs Westmont Hilltop and lost a tough game 3-0. Penns Valley came out strong and had a flurry of opportunities in the first 20 minutes of the game but could not convert any of them into goals. For awhile, they were beating the Hilltoppers to the ball and passing well. As the game went on, however, the size, strength and speed of Westmont began to wear down the Lady Rams and put the defense under pressure. In the 27th minute, the Lady Rams once again fell victim to their nemesis from last year, Senior Hilltopper Kelly Britcher. Britcher found a seam in the Penns Valley defense and launched an accurate shot which beat Lady Rams keeper Holly Heinrichs to the far post. The half ended with the score 1-0.
Penns Valley started the second half with a little bit of a spark again but were still unable to take advantage of the few opportunities that they earned. Britcher broke through behind the defense in the 25th minute of the half and snuck the ball past a hard-charging Heinrichs to make it 2-0. The Hilltoppers added a goal in the last minute to finish the scoring.
Despite the score, the Lady Rams defense played well as they were under a lot of pressure at times. Heinrichs made some great saves in front of the net to keep Penns Valley in the game.
Penns Valley Beats Bishop Guilfoyle to Advance to District 6 AA Semifinals
October 26 - It wasn't necessarily a pretty game but the Lady Rams scored three first half goals to beat Bishop Guilfoyle 3-2. Penns Valley started the game well and capitalized on a corner kick in the second minute to go up early. MaryAnne Ventura took the kick and Ella Myer headed it into the back of the net. Five minutes later the Lady Rams struck again when Emily Searfoss took a throw-in and lobbed it deep into the Guilfoyle penalty area. Myer got to the bouncing ball and beat the keeper for her second goal of the night. Penns Valley kept the ball in the Guilfoyle end of the field for much of the half and Emily Searfoss struck in the 19th minute on an unassisted shot from 25 yards out to make it 3-0. Guilfoyle broke through a minute later, however, on a long through pass to their speedy forward. Holly Heinrichs made the initial diving save but the Guilfoyle forward was able to knock in the rebound.
Penns Valley came out and played sloppily to start the second half. They had trouble successfully clearing the ball on a number of occasions and Guilfoyle took advantage nine minutes into the half with a 25 yard shot that found the back of the net to make the score 3-2. The rest of the half saw Penns Valley dominate at times but unable to connect at other times. The Bishop Guilfoyle keeper had a nice game and made some excellent saves late in the half to keep Penns Valley from getting the insurance goal. In the end, the three goals was all Penns Valley needed to advance to the District 6 AA semifinals. The game will be a rematch of last year's District 6 AA finals against Westmont-Hilltop at Holidaysburg on Monday night at 5:00pm.
Penns Valley Ties Huntingdon, Wins MAC
October 21 - The Lady Rams hosted Huntingdon on Saturday and neither team was able to find the net as the match ended in a 0-0 draw. The Lady Bearcats came to play and were aggressive from the start. Penns Valley was able to pass the ball fairly well in the first half and had a few good opportunities to score but were not able to finish. Meanwhile the defense rebuffed any Huntingdon attacks.
In the second half, the Lady Beacats out-hustled the Lady Rams for much of the half but most of the action was in the midfield area and neither team was able to get many dangerous opportunities to score. Twenty minutes of overtime were unable to decide the game so it ended in the tie. With the tie, however, the Lady Rams clinched the MAC Division 2 title.
In earlier action the Penns Valley JV defeated Huntingdon 2-0. Katie Deardorff and Katie Kreisher had the goals while Greta Baier and Katie Kreisher had the assists.
Lady Rams Edge East Juniata in Overtime
October 19 - Penns Valley traveled to McAlisterville on Thursday and beat a tough East Juniata team 2-1. The first half saw a lot of action in the midfield as both teams worked on their possession games. East Juniata finally broke through with a goal at the 26:01 mark. Play went back and forth the rest of the half with neither team able to find the finishing touch.
In the second half, the Tigers came out strong and really kept possession of the ball. The Lady Rams were not able to find their rhythm for much of the half. Seven minutes into the half, however, Sarah Montminy took possession of the ball about 30 yards out and fed a pass to Jamie Leitch. Leitch pushed a through ball past the defender back to Montminy who beat another defender and launched a left-footed rocket into the back of the net. The Lady Ram defense held up strong against a furious Tiger attack for much of the half. Holly Heinrichs made some excellent saves in the second half to keep East Juniata out of the goal.
The play remained fast-paced in the overtime with the ball going from end to end. Six minutes into the overtime, MaryAnne Ventura chipped the ball through to Sarah Montminy who got around a defender and shot a low shot on goal which deflected off a defender's leg and past the diving keeper.
In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV beat East Juniata 3-2. Katie Kreisher had two goals and Olivia Gover had one. Katie Deardorff and Katie Kreisher had the assists.
District Pairings Announced
October 18 - Penns Valley will start their district play on Thursday evening, October 26, at 6:30pm at home against Bishop Guilfoyle. The Lady Rams have won the fourth seed in District 6. The District 6 bracket is here.
Game with Bellefonte Postponed
October 18 - The Wednesday night game with Bellefonte has been cancelled.
Lady Rams fall to Hollidaysburg
October 16 - Penns Valley traveled to Hollidaysburg for the first time in over six years and were looking for a good showing against a strong Tiger team but were unable to find the back of the net in a 4-0 loss. The game started with a lot of back-and-forth play at the midfield but the Tigers struck quickly about eight minutes into the game on a hard shot from 18 yards out that a diving Holly Heinrichs was unable to get a hand on. Penns Valley had some great opportunities after that goal with Emily Searfoss, Sarah Montminy and Jamie Leitch each able to make nice penetrating runs through the defense but narrowly missing shots. The Tigers were able to put two more goals away before halftime to make it 3-0 at the half.
In the second half, the story was similar as the Lady Rams were unable to find the finishing touch and Hollidaysburg used another breakaway to score one more goal. Penns Valley played well the entire game and was able to get some nice passing combinations going but often wasn't able to make that final pass for the finishing opportunity. The Tigers took advantage of the Lady Rams' mistakes and moved downfield very quickly whenever they had a chance. While there wasn't a huge difference in shots taken, the Tigers were very efficient when they had the opportunity.
In later action, the Penns Valley JV lost to Hollidaysburg 0-1.
Huntingdon Game Rescheduled
The Lady Rams will now play their home game against Huntingdon on Saturday, October 21. The JV will play at 2:00pm followed by the varsity at approximately 3:15pm.
Lady Rams Clinch CMGSL Championship
October 11 - Penns Valley traveled to Lewistown hoping to atone for an earlier loss and played a solid game to defeat the Panthers 3-1. The victory also gives the Lady Rams a 5-0 Central Mountain Girls' Soccer League record which earns them the league championship.
Sarah Montminy got things started at the 18:56 mark when she took a pass from Greta Baier about 25 yards out from the right side of the goal, beat a defender, and launched a rocket into the upper right corner of the goal. Penns Valley continued to out-hustle the Panthers and was able to work some nice passing combinations, in spite of a hard and uneven playing surface. At 38:35, just before halftime, Jamie Leitch took the ball inside the penalty area and shot a nice low ball across the goal. The keeper was unable to corral the shot and Mona Bryant hustled in to knock home the rebound.
The Lady Rams controlled play for much of the second half but were unable to put the ball in the back of the net, in spite of numerous opportunities. Finally, Sarah Montminy scored her second goal of the night at 78:40 on an assist from Toot McCool. Lewistown spoiled the shutout, however, when they scored with 20 seconds left in the match.
In later action, the Penns Valley JV lost to Lewistown 2-3. Kala Fultz and Paige Arthur scored the goals with Alicia Lindsay getting an assist.
Penns Valley Shuts Out Indian Valley
October 9 - MaryAnne Ventura scored two goals and assisted on three others to lead the Lady Rams to a 6-0 thumping of Indian Valley. Ella Myer got the scoring started early with a chip over the keeper's head at the 7:03 mark. Ventura supplied the assist. Less than two minutes later Ventura added a goal of her own on an assist from Sierra Leitch. The Lady Rams had some trouble playing a control game as the Warrior field is hard and very bouncy. In spite of that, they were able to keep Indian Valley away from the goal and the Warriors only managed one shot in the first half.
Jamie Leitch got the scoring started in the second half with a goal at 43:15 on an assist from Ventura. At 56:21, Ventura added her second goal, unassisted. At 62:48, Mona Bryant scored on an assist from Ventura. Sierra Leitch finished the scoring for the evening at 69:40 on an assist from Mona Bryant. It wasn't the best game from a technical standpoint but the Lady Rams were effective when they needed to be.
In later action the Penns Valley JV beat Indian Valley 3-0. Kala Fultz had two goals, Paige Arthur had one goal, and Katie Deardorff assisted on all three.
Penns Valley Beats Bald Eagle
October 5 - With stellar play from the midfield, Penns Valley controlled the flow of play from the opening whistle but gave up an early goal on a penalty kick at 7:53. The Lady Rams stayed patient throughout the half and peppered the Bald Eagle keeper with shots. They were unable to score, however, as all of the shots were right at the keeper. Even though Penns Valley kept the ball in the Bald Eagle half of the field for most of the time, the halftime score stood at 1-0.
Mona Bryant finally got the Lady Rams on the scoreboard early in the second half when she took a deflection from a defender and buried it in the corner of the net at 42:03. Penns Valley continued to play well and control the ball but again squandered numerous opportunities by shooting right at the keeper. At 59:41, Ella Myer volleyed a corner kick from MaryAnne Ventura into the net for a 2-1 lead. Bryant struck again at 67:29 for the final goal of the game off a nice cross from Jamie Leitch.
In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV defeated Bald Eagle 2-0. Kala Fultz scored both goals with Katie Deardorff registering both assists.
Game with Huntingdon Postponed
October 4 - An afternoon lightning strike took out power to the stadium lights and prevented the game from being played. An attempt is being made to reschedule the game. More details will be posted later.
Lady Rams Beat Bellefonte
October 2 - Penns Valley traveled to Bellefonte on Monday and scored early and often to put away the Red Raiders 5-2. The Lady Rams took control early with good passing and kept the ball moving. Toot McCool scored the first goal 3:40 into the match with a 20 yard shot. Bellefonte answered back when Penns Valley failed to clear a bouncing ball and tied the game at the 19:40 mark. MaryAnne Ventura put the Lady Rams up for good at the 25 minute mark with a nice left-footed shot off an assist from Sarah Montminy. At 31:09, Ventura knocked in her second goal to make it 3-1. Montminy then made it 4-1 just before halftime with an assist from Ventura.
Bellefonte scored four minutes into the second half to make it 4-2 but were unable to generate many more chances. Mona Bryant knocked home the final goal 23 minutes into the half off a cross from Ventura.
In later action the Penns Valley JV tied Bellefonte 2-2. Goals were scored by Katie Deardorff and Kate Burlingame. Alicia Lindsay recorded an assist.
Penns Valley Tops Juniata in Overtime
September 27 - Playing in their fourth overtime game in the last five games, the Lady Rams were once again able to rise to the occasion and beat Juniata 3-2. Penns Valley came out strong in the first half and controlled play for most of the half. Emily Searfoss scored the first goal at 18:14 on a long shot from the corner of the penalty area that beat the goalie high. In spite of continuing to pass well and keep the ball in Juniata's end of the field, the Lady Rams were not able to generate a lot of quality scoring opportunities. Juniata plays their defense deep and tries to get a lot of players in their penalty box for defense. About 10 minutes before halftime, Juniata played a long ball behind the PV defense and a striker was able to get to it and shoot it past a hard-charging Holly Heinrichs to knot the score at 1-1.
Juniata came out strong in the second half and were applying more pressure on the ball. The Lady Rams held their own, however, and in the 60th minute MaryAnne Ventura took a corner kick which a hustling Sarah Montminy beat the defense to and headed home to make the score 2-1. Juniata struck back in the 74th minute on a corner kick of their own and were able to get a shot through a crowd and into the Penns Valley net to force overtime.
The Lady Rams came out attacking in overtime. At 6:47 Toot McCool had the ball 25 yards away from the Juniata goal and made a pass to Sarah Montminy who was able to ram the ball through a jumble of defenders and knock home the golden goal for the second overtime victory of the week.
In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV lost to Juniata 0-1.
Lady Rams Edge East Juniata in Overtime
September 25 - Penns Valley used a strong first half and tenacious defense to outlast East Juniata 2-1. The Lady Rams finally found their form in the first half, using a good passing and possession game to apply the pressure to East Juniata. At the 12:08 mark, MaryAnne Ventura chipped a pass over the defense to a hard-charging Sarah Montminy who buried the ball in the back of the net. Penns Valley saw numerous other opportunities to increase their lead before halftime but were unable to find the goal. Most of the action was in the Lady Rams' offensive end of the field.East Juniata came out strong the second half and really started working their possession game. The Lady Rams were on their heels for much of the half and were unable to keep possession for long. In spite of that, Penns Valley had some opportunities as Ella Myer put a shot off of the crossbar early in the half and Montminy beat the keeper with a shot which was cleared off of the goal line by a defender. With less than 10 minutes to go, East Juniata finally broke through and tied the game.The extra period saw a lot of back-and-forth play in the midfield area until East Juniata was called for a foul around midfield at the 5:01 mark. Ella Myer took the free kick and lofted a pass behind the defense where a charging Emily Searfoss settled the ball and chipped it over the goalkeeper's head and into the net for the gamewinner.In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV beat East Juniata 3-2. After an early unassisted goal by Katie Deardorff, East Juniata scored twice in the second half to take the lead. Kala Fultz answered with two goals in under two minutes to take the lead back. She was assisted by Alicia Lindsay and Katie Deardorff. Wednesday's gametime with Juniata is being moved up because of back-to-school night. The JV will play at 4:00pm and the Varsity will play at 5:30pm.
Lewistown Tops Lady Rams in Double Overtime
September 19 - Penns Valley scored first but Lewistown outlasted them and scored the golden goal in the second overtime. Jamie Leitch notched the first goal midway through the first half on a nice feed from MaryAnne Ventura. Lewistown played scrappy defense and mounted a few serious threats but Holly Heinrichs made some nice saves in goal to preserve a 1-0 halftime lead.Midway through the second half, Lewistown struck back when one of their forwards broke free around the side of the defense and blasted a low shot into the corner of the goal. Both teams had some more opportunities but neither one could score in regulation. The Lady Rams struggled with controlling the ball and were unable to play a possession game. Finally, in the second overtime, a Lewistown girl blasted a shot from 40 yards out that just tucked under the crossbar and into the back of the net to win the game.In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV shutout Lewistown 3-0. Kala Fultz scored two goals and Alison Geesey had one. Alison Geesey and Katie Kreisher picked up assists.
Penns Valley Blanks Bald Eagle
September 18 - The Lady Rams scored early and often in shutting out Bald Eagle 9-0 on Monday night. Jamie Leitch got the scoring started in the sixth minute on an assist from Sierra Leitch. At 15:01, Ella Myer scored on a header off a cross from Mary Anne Ventura. Jamie Leitch then notched her second goal with an assist from Ventura. Emily Searfoss and Stacey Bryant rounded out the scoring in the first half with assists from Ella Myer and Greta Baier. Meanwhile the Lady Ram defense shut down any offensive efforts that Bald Eagle attempted.Sarah Montminy scored the first goal in the second half on Ventura's third assist of the night. Ventura followed a minute later with an unassisted goal of her own. Katie Deardorff and Stacey Bryant finished the scoring for the game, both on assists from Alison Geesey. Holly Heinrichs and Ally Lush combined for the shutout in goal.In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV beat Bald Eagle 5-1. Alison Geesey had the hat trick (3 goals) and Paige Arthur and Alicia Lindsay each had a goal. Getting the assists were Kate Burlingame, Katie Deardorff and Stacey Bryant.
Penns Valley Falls to Juniata in OT
September 14 - The Lady Rams traveled to Mifflintown on Thursday and lost a hard-fought battle to the Juniata Indians 2-1. The Indians struck first 8:06 into the game on a shot from a crossed ball that was chipped into the far corner. The rest of the half saw a lot of back-and-forth action but the Lady Rams were unable to mount any serious threats. Both teams had trouble controlling the ball on a hard, bouncy field.Penns Valley struck back 8:14 into the second half when Sarah Montminy was taken down in the penalty area. MaryAnne Ventura converted the ensuing penalty kick. No one could find the net the rest of the half. Juniata then scored the golden goal 5:14 into the first overtime to win the contest.The JV played after the varsity game and Juniata beat Penns Valley 2-1. Katie Kreisher scored the only goal in that match for the Lady Rams. Penns Valley now faces Bald Eagle at home on Monday, September 18.
Lady Rams Down Indian Valley
September 12 - Penns Valley hosted Indian Valley on Tuesday evening and played some of their best soccer of the year in recording a 5-1 win. The Lady Rams took control early but were unable to put the ball in the back of the net, in spite of numerous early opportunities. Midway through the half, Indian Valley started to put more pressure on the ball but Ella Myer finally tallied a goal from 25 yards out at the 22 minute mark when Indian Valley was unable to successfully clear the ball. Katie Kreisher then scored two minutes later off a nice cross from MaryAnne Ventura that Sarah Montminy was able to knock down for Katie. The score was 2-0 at the half.The Lady Rams started applying pressure early in the second half and Sarah Montminy earned a penalty kick when she was tripped from behind in the penalty area. MaryAnne Ventura took the kick and tucked it in the right corner of the net to make the score 3-0. At 69:04, Ella Myer tallied her second goal off a corner kick from MaryAnne Ventura. The kick sailed over the keeper's head and Myer ran through it, knocking it into the goal. Greta Baier scored the final goal at 75:51 off a nice cross from Sierra Leitch. Indian Valley then scored with 20 seconds left in the game to spoil the shutout.In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV beat Indian Valley by a score of 3-0. Scoring for the Lady Rams were Katie Deardorff, Katie Kreisher and Kala Fultz. Assisting were Alison Geesey and Alicia Lindsay (2).
Penns Valley Blanks Huntingdon
September 7 - The Lady Rams avenged last years overtime loss at Huntingdon with a 5-0 victory at Detwiler Field. Penns Valley got on the scoreboard early and often as they overwhelmed the Bearcats. Ella Myer scored the first goal on a nice header off of a corner kick taken by MaryAnne Ventura at 5:36 into the game. Sarah Montminy scored next on an assist from Jamie Leitch at 9:16. Montminy then scored unassisted two minutes later to make the score 3-0. Just before halftime Myer scored again on a nice give-and-go with Montminy.Penns Valley came out quickly again in the second half and scored four minutes in. Myer won the ball in a scramble after a corner kick and launched a shot towards goal. Jamie Leitch got her head on it and redirected it into the back of the net. Penns Valley finished with 16 shots on goal to Huntingdon's 6.In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV shutout Huntingdon 2-0. Goals were scored by Katie Kreisher and Katie Deardorff with an assist by Alicia Lindsay.
Central Mountain Shuts Out Penns Valley 5-0
September 5 - The Lady Rams knew they were in for a battle against a seasoned Central Mountain team and they fought gamely but were eventually overwhelmed by a relentless and speedy attack from the visitors. The first half saw a lot of back-and-forth action with much of the game being played in the midfield area. Central Mountain was able to mount a few penetrating attacks but they were all rebuffed by goalkeeper Holly Heinrichs and the defense. On the other end of the field, the Penns Valley offense was unable to get through the back four of Central Mountain and did not register any shots.In the 49th minute, Central Mountain finally broke through with a goal from the right side of the goal area. The next four goals came within the next 15 minutes as the speedy Central Mountain strikers were finally able to penetrate the Penns Valley defense. The Lady Rams did mount some serious threats on the offensive end but were unable to get quality shots from their opportunities. In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV fell to Central Mountain by a score of 4-0.
Penns Valley Falls in Tournament Final
September 2 - The Lady Rams took on a tough Hughesville team Saturday evening in the rain and lost a hard-fought game 2-0. The first half saw the Lady Spartans control play early on but thanks to a tough defense and some key saves by Holly Heinrichs, Penns Valley was able to keep the ball out of their net. Penns Valley did get some good opportunities to score later in the half but the Hughesville keeper made some excellent saves to keep the score knotted at 0-0 at the half.The Lady Spartans notched their first goal seven minutes into the second half. The Lady Rams continued to work hard and had some opportunities after that but could not put the ball in the back of the net. Late in the game Hughesville was able to control play and finally knocked in the insurance goal with seven minutes left in the game.In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV lost a close game to Hughesville 1-0.
Lady Rams Open the Season With a Win
September 1 - Penns Valley traveled to Hughesville on Friday afternoon and shutout Mifflinburg by a score of 2-0. Sarah Montminy notched the first goal 18.06 into the first half on a nice through pass from MaryAnne Ventura. A Mifflinburg defender tried to knock Montminy off the ball but Sarah kept her balance and beat the charging keeper. Mifflinburg controlled the ball for much of the half but was unable to create many dangerous opportunities. Mifflinburg came out strong the second half and was pressing for much of the half. The defense, led by keeper Holly Heinrichs and center back Ella Myer, played well and kept Mifflinburg out of the goal area for most of the half. Sarah Montminy scored the insurance goal with 6:11 left in the game on a good individual effort. She took the ball at the corner of the penalty box and dribbled around three defenders before burying the shot in the corner to make it 2-0. In earlier action the Penns Valley JV played an excellent game and beat the Mifflinburg JV 6-1. Goals were scored by Alison Geesey (2), Katie Kreisher, Kate Deardorff, Greta Baier and Alicia Lindsay.
2006 Scrimmages Set
August 18 - The 2006 pre-season scrimmages have been set. The first scrimmage will be on August 19 and Midd-West High School in Middleburg. The teams that will be participating are Midd-West, Milton, Millersburg, Penns Valley, Loyalsock and Lewisburg. Penns Valley varsity will play on the upper field at 10:30am and 12:00pm. They will play on the lower field at 2:00pm and 3:00pm. The Penns Valley JV will play on the lower field at 10:00am and on the upper field at 1:00pm and 2:30pm. All games will be 25 minutes long.On August 28, Clearfield High School will be coming to Penns Valley for the second scrimmage. Both varsity and JV will be playing in the stadium starting at 4:00pm.
Junior High Program Starts Up
On August 21, the Penns Valley Girls' Soccer Junior High team will hold its first practice at Centre Hall Elementary. This is the first year for the Junior High team. More details and games will be announced as we have them.