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2008

Lady Rams' Season Ends in Pittsburgh

November 4 - In their first trip to the state tournament, Penns Valley was the victim of a 7-0 loss to the defending state champions South Park Eagles. The Lady Rams played hard from the beginning but were not able to string together enough passes to keep possession of the ball for long. The Eagles were a big, physical team, who also played a good tactical game. The score was 2-0 at halftime but the Lady Rams could not keep up in the second half. It was a great season with a good post-season run. Thanks to the fans and everyone who helped to make the season a success.

Lady Rams Fall in District Finals

October 30 - Penns Valley reached the District 6 AA finals for the second year in a row but once again had to settle for second place. In a rematch of last year's semi-finals which Penns Valley won, Richland played hard from the opening whistle and spread out their scoring to shut out the PV Lady Rams 3-0. The game was largely played at midfield and Penns Valley was not able to string together the passes in order to control the game, as they had the previous year. The PV Lady Rams did generate some scoring opportunities but could not find the finishing touch.

Penns Valley will now play on Tuesday, November 4, at a site and time to be determined. They will face the winner of District 7.

Penns Valley Beats West Branch

October 28 - On a cold, wind-whipped evening, the Lady Rams played solid soccer to beat the Lady Warriors 4-1 and earn a spot in the District 6 AA final. Penns Valley was forced to play into the strong wind in the first half but did not let it bother them. From the opening whistle, they controlled play and generated scoring opportunities. The wind did make it difficult to get the ball out of their defensive end when West Branch got it down there. Robin Siegenthaler had to make a few nice saves in goal to to keep the Lady Warriors out of the goal in the first half. Penns Valley finally broke through in the 28th minute when Katie Deardorff beat a defender down the side and took the ball in towards the keeper along the end line. When the defense committed to come get her, she fed a perfect pass to Kala Fultz, who buried it in the back of the net. It was a great goal. The half ended 1-0.

The Lady Rams had the wind at their backs in the second half and they kept the ball pinned down on West Branch's end of the field. In the fourth minute, Mona Bryant scored, unassisted, to put the Lady Rams up 2-0. Three minutes later, a crossed ball in front of the Lady Warriors net resulted in an own goal to put Penns Valley up 3-0. The Lady Warriors notched their only goal of the night a little later on a breakaway from long distance. Mona Bryant finished the scoring midway through the half to put the score at 4-1.

The Lady Rams will now play in the district final at Hollidaysburg Junior High on Thursday at 5:30pm. The Penns Valley boys, who also won their game, will play in the preceding game at Hollidaysburg at 3:30pm. This year, for the first time ever, the top two teams from District 6 AA Girls will go to the state tournament so the Lady Rams are guaranteed a spot in the tournament which begins next Tuesday. The state bracket is at http://piaa.org/assets/web/documents/2008_AA_Fall_Girls_Brax.pdf.

Lady Ram Second Half Comeback Defeats Philipsburg

October 23 - Down by one at halftime, Penns Valley used some last minute heroics to pull off the 2-1 win against the Lady Mounties in the District 6 AA Quarterfinal game. The Lady Rams pressed Philipsburg from the beginning of the game but the Philipsburg defense was up to the task. Their goalkeeper played aggressively and was able to stop all Penns Valley opportunities in the first half. Meanwhile, the Philipsburg offense would make an occasional foray into the Penns Valley end of the field. In the 28th minute, one of these forays paid off for the Lady Mounties as they beat the Lady Ram defense to go up 1-0.

The second half saw much of the same kind of action. The Penns Valley offense was pressing but the Lady Mounties defense was able to repel all of the Penns Valley opportunities. With only 11 minutes to go in the game, the Lady Rams were still frustrated. Then Katie Kreisher struck. Kreisher pounced on a loose bouncing ball about 15 yards out to the right of the goal and blasted the half volley into the far corner of the net to knot the game at 1-1. Penns Valley kept pressing and getting opportunities in the last 10 minutes. Finally, with just over two minutes to play, a ball was served across the penalty area from the right side and Greta Baier launched a shot which hit the crossbar and went up into the air back into the field of play. A hustling Kala Fultz won the race to the ball and headed it home for the game-winner.

Penns Valley will now host the District 6 AA semi-final game on Tuesday, October 28, at 5:30pm, in the soccer stadium. The Penns Valley boys game will follow at 7:30pm as they play host to Bishop McCort in the D6 A semi-final game.

Penns Valley Defeats Lewistown

October 20 - In their final regular season contest, the Lady Rams traveled to Lewistown and came away the 3-1 winners. Penns Valley came out strong and kept the ball pinned in the Lewistown end of the field for the first 15 minutes but couldn't find the goal. Lewistown improved their level of play as the half wore on but neither team could score as the half ended tied 0-0.

Penns Valley struck first in the first ten minutes of the second half when Katie Deardorff struck a bouncing ball in front of the goal into the back of the net. Kala Fultz added another goal a few minutes later to put the Lady Rams up 2-0 but a Lewistown conversion on a penalty kick at the other end narrowed the gap to 2-1. Leah Mothersbaugh added the insurance goal in the 68th minutes off an assist from Katie Kreisher.

In later action, the Penns Valley JV lost to the Lewistown JV 2-0.

District 6 Playoff Brackets Posted

October 15 - The District 6 playoff brackets for AA girls have been posted here. Penns Valley has drawn the second seed in the district with Bishop McCort drawing the top seed. Penns Valley will play Philipsburg-Osceola in the first round at home next Thursday evening at 7:30pm, October 23.

Lady Rams Clinch Mountain League Title

October 15 - Hat tricks from Mona Bryant and Kala Fultz provided the firepower as Penns Valley shut out Philipsburg 6-0 to win the Nittany Division of the Mountain League. Fultz started the scoring in the ninth minute with an assist from Bryant. Bryant then notched two goals of her own in the 16th and 18th minutes, with both assists coming on crosses from Greta Baier. Fultz then scored her next two goals in the 21st and 40th minutes (6 seconds before halftime), with Bryant providing both assists.

The lone goal in the second half was Bryant's third in the 53rd minute with the assist coming from Fultz. Ally Lush and Robin Siegenthaler combined in goal for the shutout.

Penns Valley will face Philipsburg again in the first round of district play on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30pm at Penns Valley.

Penns Valley Tops Tyrone

October 14 - A hat trick from Heather Holmes led the Lady Rams to a 9-0 shutout of Tyrone. First half goals were scored by Holmes (2), Katie Kreisher, Katie Deardorff and Ally Lush. Second half goals were scored by Holmes, Alicia Leitch, Rachel Silks and Emily Jepson. Assists were provided by Leitch, Holmes, Alyssa Araujo and Leah Mothersbaugh.

Lady Rams Tie Central Mountain

October 11 - A strong effort from Penns Valley on Saturday afternoon earned a 3-3 tie against an undefeated Central Mountain team. Central Mountain struck first five minutes into the game but the Lady Rams settled down and went toe-to-toe with them for the next 95 minutes. Midway through the half Katie Deardorff tied the game with a penalty kick. Central Mountain quickly responded with their second goal to take the lead. Late in the half, however, Katie Kreisher responded with two goals within a minute of each other to give Penns Valley the lead going into halftime. Kala Fultz provided the assist on the second goal.

Midway through the second half, Central Mountain notched their third goal to tie the game. Neither team could find the game-winner the rest of the way as the defenses held firm for the last 40 minutes of regulation and overtime.

In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV tied the Central Mountain JV 0-0.

Penns Valley Shuts Out Indian Valley

October 8 - The Lady Rams earned their second shutout of the week with a strong Senior Night effort and a 2-0 win over Indian Valley. Penns Valley played well from the start and dominated IV during the first half. A good performance from the midfield and defense kept IV in their own half of the field most of the time. The offense, meanwhile, was creating numerous scoring opportunities in front of the Indian Valley net. At 8:48, Kala Fultz connected on a nice cross from Katie Deardorff to score the first goal. Midway through the half, Katie Kreisher took a long shot which struck off the crossbar and came back into the field of play. A hustling Mona Bryant beat everyone else to the ball and knocked it into the back of the net at 22:48.

Indian Valley came out a little stronger in the second half and the Lady Rams were not able to find their rhythm. There was a lot of back and forth action at midfield. The defense held strong and goalkeeper Ally Lush made a nice save on a direct kick to preserve the shutout.

In earlier action, the Indian Valley JV beat the Penns Valley JV 2-1. Tess Arthur notched the goal for the Lady Rams on an assist from Heather Holmes.

Lady Rams Blank Bearcats

October 7 - After losing to Huntingdon early in the season at home, Penns Valley had something to prove on Tuesday night and used a strong overall effort to shut out the Bearcats 2-0. The game was hard-fought from the beginning with Huntingdon playing aggressively right away. The Lady Rams were able to generate many scoring opportunities in the first half, and hit the post twice, but were not able to put the ball in the net. Huntingdon's best chance came when they were awarded a penalty kick after a pile-up in the penalty area. Robin Siegenthaler made the save on the PK to keep the Bearcats off the scoreboard and their was no score at the end of the half.

The second half was played much the same way as the first half. The Lady Rams controlled a lot of the play at midfield but Huntingdon was able to make some dangerous forays into the Penns Valley end of the field. Katie Deardorff finally broke through for Penns Valley at the 52:53 mark when she chipped the ball over the keeper's head from the side on an assist from Liz Ventura. Mona Bryant added the insurance goal at the 71:59 mark on a hard, low shot to the far corner of the goal with an assist from Greta Baier. Siegenthaler was not tested much but made a few key saves to preserve the shutout. Penns Valley outshot Huntingdon 21-4 and had the edge in corner kicks 12-1.

In earlier action, the Huntingdon JV beat the Penns Valley JV 3-0.

Bellefonte Beats Penns Valley

October 2 - Bellefonte used efficient scoring in the first half and a strong second half to beat the Lady Rams for the first time ever, 4-1. On a windy, cold afternoon, Penns Valley opened the game with the wind at their backs and controlled play from the beginning. On one of Bellefonte's first forays deep into the Lady Rams' defense in the eighth minute, however, they found the upper left corner of the net from about 25 yards out. Penns Valley answered in the 20th minute when Katie Deardorff sent a cross into the box that Mona Bryant knocked home. Seven minutes later, Bellefonte scored the gamewinner off a bouncing ball that the Lady Ram defense failed to clear. The shot found the back of the net just under the crossbar.

Penns Valley could not get much going in the second half. Difficulties in clearing the ball led to Bellefonte goals in the 52nd and 54th minute. The game resembled a pinball game at times with neither team able to maintain much possession on the hard field with the windy conditions.

In later action, the Bellefonte JV beat the Penns Valley JV 2-0.

Penns Valley Beats Bald Eagle

September 30 - The Lady Rams earned a shutout on Tuesday and Brooke Lindsay had a two goal game to lead the offense in a 4-0 win over BEA. Penns Valley controlled the flow of the game from the start as Mona Bryant scored the first goal at 4:59 on an assist from Katie Kreisher. Fultz then notched her first goal of the evening at 15:58 on an assist from Katie Deardorff. The score at the half was 2-0.

Brooke Lindsay scored both goals in the second half. The first came at 56:19 off a nice cross from Mona Bryant. The second came at 64:32 as she hustled to a loose ball in front of the net and knocked it home.

In earlier action, the Lady Ram JV beat the Bald Eagle JV 1-0. Rachel Silks scored the lone goal on an assist from Kerry Snyder.

Penns Valley Beats Lewistown

September 29 - Lewistown struck first but the Lady Rams scored three goals in a row and held on late to win the game 3-2. Lewistown scored their first goal just four minutes into the game but Penns Valley buckled down after that and dominated the rest of the half. Katie Kreisher notched the first goal at 15:17 on an assist from Katie Deardorff. At 26:19, Kala Fultz followed a shot, stole the ball from the Lewistown keeper after she mishandled it, dribbled around the keeper and buried it in the goal. At 37:20 Fultz earned her second goal on an assist from Liz Ventura.

The second half saw a lot of back-and-forth action with both teams generating some scoring opportunities. Lewistown scored 15 minutes into the half and pushed hard for a goal in the closing minutes. The Lady Ram defense was able to thwart every attack and Ally Lush made some nice saves in goal to secure the win.

In earlier action, the Lewistown JV beat the Penns Valley JV 2-0.

Lady Rams Blank Bellefonte

September 22 - The Penns Valley defense, led by a strong effort from Robin Siegenthaler in goal, shut out Bellefonte while Mona Bryant notched the gamewinner to lead the Lady Rams over the Red Raiders 1-0. Penns Valley kept the ball in Bellefonte's end of the field for much of the first half and generated numerous scoring opportunities but could not find the back of the net. Bellefonte's speed on defense helped to keep them in the game and the score at half was 0-0.

The second half saw a lot of back-and-forth action as neither team was able to maintain much possession. The Lady Rams finally got on the scoreboard midway through the half when Katie Kreisher put on a nice move to get by a defender and crossed the ball to the front of the net. Mona Bryant found the other end of the cross with her head and put the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net. Bellefonte pressed hard at the end of the game but the Penns Valley defense was able to rebuff all of the attacks.

In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV beat the Bellefonte JV 4-2. Rachel Silks earned the hat track on three assists from Heather Holmes. Leah Mothersbaugh notched the final goal on an assist from Kerry Snyder.

Central Mountain Edges Penns Valley

September 18 - Penns Valley traveled to Central Mountain on Thursday evening and lost a hard-fought game, 1-0. Both teams came out to play and there was a lot of back-and-forth action in the first half. Most of the action was in the middle two-thirds of the field with neither team generating many great scoring chances. Both defenses played very well. The half ended with the score tied 0-0.

In the second half, Central Mountain turned up the pressure and had the Lady Rams on their heels for awhile. The Penns Valley defense held strong however, until the 58th minute when a Central Mountain forward stole the ball near the end line and crossed it in front of the net to a hard-charging teammate who put away the gamewinner. Within two minutes, Penns Valley had an excellent chance to tie the game from close range but put the ball over the crossbar. The Lady Rams were able to turn up the pressure a little towards the end of the game but ran out of time.

In earlier action the Lady Ram JV also played a good game but could not find the net and lost 2-0.

Lady Rams Shut Out Philipsburg

September 16 - Penns Valley traveled to Philipsburg on Tuesday for their second game in a row and beat the Lady Mounties 1-0. The hard field made it difficult to control the ball and the Lady Rams had some trouble corraling the ball in the attacking third of the field. PV did dominate much of the first half but Philipsburg had some opportunities on occasional breakaways. Robin Siegenthaler in goal was able to turn away all of the Philipsburg shots. The first half ended in a 0-0 tie.

The Lady Rams came out stronger in the second half and started to find their touch on the ball. Despite numerous good opportunities, they were unable to find the back of the net until the 67th minute. Katie Deardorff took a corner kick and found Liz Ventura 10 yards from the goal. Liz made the trap and beat the keeper for the game winner.

Penns Valley Edges Indian Valley

September 15 - Indian Valley struck first but Penns Valley scored two unanswered goals to win the game 2-1. Indian Valley played hard from the opening whistle and used a physical game to keep the Lady Rams out of the net. The first half saw some good opportunities for both teams but no one was able to score. Indian Valley got the first break five minutes into the second half when they got behind the PV defense and put the ball in the net. Mona Bryant answered a few minutes later when she slid into a loose ball in front of the net and knocked it into the goal. With 15 minutes left in the game, Alicia Leitch took a direct kick from the side of the field and connected with Liz Ventura who found the back of the net from 12 yards out.

In later action, the PV JV tied the Indian Valley JV, 0-0.

Lady Rams Beat Tyrone

September 9 - Penns Valley scored early and often to put away Tyrone, 11-1. Liz Ventura got the scoring started 56 seconds into the match on an assist from Mona Bryant. Less than four minutes later Ventura scored again, unassisted. At 6:11, Alyssa Araujo notched her first goal of the year, unassisted. Penns Valley controlled the ball the rest of the half but did not find the finishing touch.

Fifty-three seconds into the second half, Bryant collected her first goal of the night on an assist from Katie Kreisher. At 44:19, Kreisher scored her own goal with an assist from Kala Fultz. At 46:08, Bryant scored again with another assist from Fultz. Eighteen seconds later Bryant earned the hat trick with an assist from Kreisher. A minute later Fultz converted on a penalty kick to make the score 8-0. Two minutes later, Ventura earned her hat trick, unassisted. Leah Mothersbaugh and Emily Jepson finished the scoring for the Lady Rams with Katie Deardorff assisting on the Mothersbaugh goal. Tyrone notched their only goal with seven minutes left in the game.

There was no JV game but in earlier action the Lady Ram Junior High Team defeated West Branch 7-2.

Huntingdon Defeats Penns Valley in Double Overtime

September 4 - The Lady Bearcats pressed the Lady Rams from the beginning of the game and netted the golden goal on a penalty kick in the second overtime to win 3-2. Penns Valley was not sharp from the beginning but was still able to control most of the run of play. Huntingdon created some opportunities with breakaways but these were usually rebuffed by the Penns Valley defense. Despite numerous opportunities, the Lady Rams were not able to score until 21:06 when Katie Kreisher crossed the ball into the middle and Mona Bryant put a nice header into the back of the net. The Lady Beacats responded towards the end of the half with their first goal to tie the game at the half, 1-1.

The second half played much like the first half with Penns Valley having more possession but Huntingdon creating some scoring opportunities on fast breaks. Huntingdon scored first in the half at 65:05. Brooke Lindsay responded two minutes later by hustling after a loose ball and knocking it into the net. The half ended with the score tied 2-2.

During the first overtime both teams had a few opportunities but neither was able to capitalize. Near the beginning of the second OT, Penns Valley was called for a foul inside the penalty box and Huntingdon was awarded the penalty kick. The Lady Bearcats netted the kick for the win.

In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV was down 3-0 at halftime but mounted a furious comeback, playing their best soccer of the year in the second half, and earned a 4-4 tie. Goals were scored by Alyssa Alexander, Heather Holmes, Leah Mothersbaugh, and Tess Arthur.

Ventura, Bryant Lead Offensive Onslaught in Home Opener

September 2 - Liz Ventura had three goals and two assists while Mona Bryant had 2 goals and 3 assists to lead the Lady Rams over Bald Eagle 9-1. It took awhile for Penns Valley to find the back of the net despite numerous early opportunities. A crisp passing game put them in position many times but the finishing touch was not there. Finally, at 15:50, Kala Fultz found the back of the net off a nice cross from Mona Bryant. Seven minutes later Bryant scored her first goal on an assist from Liz Ventura. Then Ventura started scoring and put three goals in within eight minutes. Bryant had two of the assists and and Katie Deardorff had one. Forty-seven seconds after Ventura's last goal, Bryant struck again with Katie Kreisher providing the assist. Kreisher then scored the last goal of the half on an assist from Deardorff. The score at the half was 7-0.

Penns Valley came out in the second half and once again controlled the ball from the start. Fifteen minutes into the half, Brooke Lindsay tallied her first varsity goal of the year on an assist from Ventura. Leah Mothersbaugh finished the scoring for the Lady Rams with a rocket from outside the penalty area. Deardorff provided the assist. Bald Eagle got on the scoreboard with 15 minutes left in the game. An overall strong defensive effort, led by excellent play from Alicia Leitch, shut down most opportunities that Bald Eagle tried to mount.

In earlier action the Penns Valley JV defeated the Bald Eagle JV 2-1. Bald Eagle struck first but Emily Jepson and Leah Mothersbaugh responded with goals of their own. Rachel Silks provided the assist on Mothersbaugh's goal.

Penns Valley Falls to Hughesville

August 30 - In the championship match of the Hughesville Tournament, the Lady Spartans of Hughesville jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead and held on to win the match 2-1. The first goal for Hughesville came on a penalty kick as the Lady Rams were called for a foul in the penalty box on a breakaway. The first half saw many good opportunities by Penns Valley to score but they were not able to put the ball in the back of the net. The Lady Spartans notched their second goal towards the end of the first half.

Penns Valley came out in the second half and again had good opportunities but could not find the finishing touch. Finally, with about 15 minutes left, Kala Fultz pounced on a nice through ball from Katie Kreisher, took a few dribbles, and beat the Hughesville keeper over the top from about 20 yards out. That goal started a furious Penns Valley rally but the Hughesville defense and goalie were able to withstand the onslaught.

In earlier action, the Hughesville JV beat the Penns Valley JV 4-0.

Lady Rams Start Season with a Win

August 29 - Penns Valley kicked off the Hughesville Tournament with a 7-1 win over Jersey Shore on Friday night. After a few early mistakes resulted in a Jersey Shore goal in the first minute, the Lady Rams fought back to even the score at 6:40 on a goal from Katie Deardorff with an assist from Mona Bryant. At 13:08, Deardorff notched her second goal on an assist from Katie Kreisher. At the half, PV led 2-1.

The Lady Rams came out quickly in the second half and scored three goals in the first 10 minutes. The first goal came from Liz Ventura on an assist from Katie Deardorff. Less than a minute later, Mona Bryant earned her first goal of the night. Katie Kreisher quickly added another goal off of a direct kick just outside the penalty box to make the score 5-1. Kala Fultz scored at 63:16 on an assist from Katie Deardorff and Mona Bryant finished the scoring a minute later on an assist from Liz Ventura.

In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV defeated the Jersey Shore JV 6-0. Brooke Lindsay and Leah Mothersbaugh scored two goals apiece and Heather Holmes and Rachel Silks each added a goal. The Lady Ram Varsity will now play the winner of the Sayre-Hughesville match at 7:00pm on Saturday evening. The PV JV will play the JV of the Sayre-Hughesville varsity match winner at 4:00pm.