November 1 -The Lady Rams had four girls win various honors on the Mountain League All-Star teams. Liz Ventura took home the Most Valuable Player award for the division. Tessa Deardorff made the first team all-stars while Grace Gover and Carolyn Darr made the second team. Congratulations to the girls on their recognition.
Lady Rams' Season Ends at Richland
October 28 -The Lady Rams traveled to Richland for the District 6 Class A semifinals and came away on the losing end, 0-2. Richland went on to win the District 6 final and won their first round state playoff game.
District 6 Tournament Brackets Announced
October 21 -The Lady Rams will have the fourth seed for the District 6 Class A soccer tournament. Penns Valley will play first seed Richland at Richland on Thursday, October 28, at 5:30pm. All of the tournament brackets are located at the District 6 soccer page
Penns Valley Ends Regular Season with Victory
October 21 - Penns Valley traveled to Clearfield on Thursday for the final game of the regular season and beat the Lady Bison 4-2 on the strength of a hat trick from Leah Mothersbaugh. The Lady Rams put pressure on Clearfield from the opening whistle and Mothersbaugh notched her first goal at 22:01 on a 25 yard shot. Eight minutes later Mothersbaugh struck again with a left footed shot just inside the post from 12 yards out to make the score 2-0 at halftime.
The Lady Rams kept the pressure on in the second half, into the wind, and Liz Ventura notched the first goal of the half at 55:55 on an assist from Lyndsey Witherite. Less than a minute later, Mothersbaugh got her third goal from close range after Ventura placed a nice direct kick over the defense from midfield. Clearfield then scored midway through the half and finished the scoring with a goal with less than a minute left.
Lewistown Tops Lady Rams in Double Overtime
October 20 - The visiting Lady Rams started out well and put the Lady Panthers on their heels but ended up losing 2-1 in the second overtime. Penns Valley put pressure on from the start but could not get a goal in the first half. Lewistown scored first in the second half but was unable to hold the Lady Rams down. Towards the end of regulation, Heather Holmes came through with her second goal in as many games as she chipped the ball over the keeper's head and into the back of the net.
Neither team could find the net in the first overtime but midway through the second overtime Lewistown launched a long shot that found its way into the left upper corner of the net for the game winner.
Bald Eagle Edges Penns Valley
October 18 - It was the final home game of the year for the Lady Rams but a late goal put Bald Eagle over the top for a 3-2 victory. The scoring woes continued for Penns Valley as they outshot the Lady Eagles by a wide margin but could not convert their opportunities. The Lady Rams did score first at 5:31 into the game when Heather Holmes followed up on a cross and beat the keeper from the right side of the goal. Bald Eagle answered only four minutes later to tie the game and then scored the go ahead goal at the 26 minute mark.
The Lady Rams came out strong in the second half again and Liz Ventura notched the game tying goal at 51:12 on an assist from Carolyn Darr. Neither team could convert again until Bald Eagle launched a long shot through traffic with less than two minutes to play. The ball was deflected right in front of the goal, leaving Lady Ram keeper Maddie Bastress with no chance to make the save.
Bellefonte Beats Lady Rams
October 16 - In a tight Saturday contest, the Lady Raiders of Bellefonte shut out the host Lady Rams 2-0. A strong wind was blowing and it had a significant effect on play on the field. Bellefonte had the wind at their backs the first half and used it to their advantage to post the only two goals of the game. In the second half, the Lady Rams gained the wind advantage and pressured the Bellefonte defense for the whole half, but could not find the goal with any of their shots.
Lady Rams Beat Indian Valley
October 13 - Playing for the third night in a row, Penns Valley started slowly but got better as the game went on for a 5-1 win over Indian Valley. The first 25 minutes of play saw a lot of midfield play with neither team generating many scoring opportunities. Finally, at 28:30, Heather Holmes took a throw-in from the side and found Leah Senator in front of the net. Senator half-volleyed the bouncing ball past the keeper and into the net. With 30 seconds to play in the half, Liz Ventura scored her first goal of the night to make the half-time score 2-0.
Early in the second half, Carolyn Darr found Emily Jepson with a back pass near the left edge of the penalty area and Jepson chipped over the keeper to make it 3-0. Indian Valley then scored their only goal off of a corner kick. Penns Valley passed the ball much better for the second half and was able to keep the pressure on Indian Valley. Midway through the half Liz Ventura notched her second goal on an assist from Carolyn Darr. Ventura then repaid the favor by assisting Darr on the final goal of the game.
Juniata Beats Penns Valley
October 11-12 - In a game that took two nights to play, Juniata came out the victors 2-0. The game began on Monday night with Juniata putting pressure on the Lady Ram defense from the start. They broke through with the only goal of the evening midway through the first half. With just over 15 minutes left in the half, lightning was spotted and the game ended up being postponed until Tuesday evening.
On Tuesday evening, play continued where it left off on Monday, with Juniata applying the pressure. They scored their second goal with a few minutes left in the first half. The Lady Ram defense stiffened in the second half and did not allow another goal, but the team was not able to apply pressure on the Juniata defense.
In Monday action, the Juniata JV beat the Penns Valley JV 2-0.
Huntingdon Tops PV in Overtime
October 7 - In a tight game the whole way, the Huntingdon Bearcats edged the Lady Rams 2-1 with less than a minute to go in the second overtime. Huntingdon struck first midway through the first half and held on to keep a 1-0 halftime lead. Carolyn Darr answered 3 minutes into the second half with a goal from close range on an assist from Liz Ventura. The rest of the half saw both teams generate opportunities but neither team could take advantage. The Bearcats came out strong in the first overtime but Penns Valley kept them out of the net. In the second overtime, Penns Valley held the upper hand and had numerous shots on goal. With 30 seconds to play, however, Huntingdon took a shot from the side that was originally saved, but they pounced on the rebound and put it in for the winner.
In later action, the Penns Valley JV tied the Huntingdon JV 2-2. Bethany Wasson had both goals for the Lady Rams.
Penns Valley Bounces Back for Win over Lewistown
October 6 - The rain didn't dampen the spirits of the Lady Rams as they played their best game of the year and beat Lewistown 3-1. Penns Valley jumped out early and controlled the pace of play. The offense generated numerous opportunities while the defense stayed strong. Finally at the 31:47 mark, Liz Ventura took a corner kick from the right side and put it in the net off the keeper's hands to make the halftime score 1-0.
Penns Valley continued to play hard in the second half but an unfortunate carom five minutes into the half handed Lewistown a golden opportunity in front of the net, which they converted to tie the game 1-1. Six minutes later, however, Liz Ventura struck again on a nice feed from Heather Holmes. Ventura took the ball around the right side of the defense and in on the keeper and buried the shot from point blank range. At the 63:48 mark, Ventura completed her hat trick by converting on a penalty kick, after Carolyn Darr was fouled in the penalty box.
In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV defeated the Lewistown JV 2-0 on goals by Marcy Smucker and Lyndsey Witherite. Bethany Wasson assisted on both goals.
Philipsburg Beats Penns Valley
October 4 - On a cold afternoon in Philipsburg, Penns Valley jumped out to an early lead but the host Lady Mounties scored four unanswered second half goals to earn the victory, 5-2. The Lady Rams started the game well and kept the pressure on the PO defense. Emily Jepson scored first at the 11;46 mark when she chipped the ball over the keeper's head from the side. Six minutes later Carolyn Darr made it 2-0 with an assist from Grace Gover. After a number of missed Lady Ram opportunities, the Lady Mounties got one back with less than a minute left in the half.
Philipsburg started to play more aggressively in the second half and got the equalizer at the 50 minute mark. Two more goals within five minutes of each other put the Lady Rams on their heels. A penalty kick with five minutes left sealed the win and made the final score 5-2.
In later action, the Penns Valley JV beat the PO JV 3-0. Goals were scored by Bethany Wasson, Ayla Olsen-Zelman, and Lyndsey Witherite. Lauren Eberly added two assists.
Penns Valley Falls to Central Mountain
September 28 - In their first game in a week, the Lady Rams were beat by the Wildcats 3-1. The first half saw a lot of back-and-forth action with neither team creating many dangerous opportunities. Central Mountain finally found the scoring touch at the 32:35 mark and then again four minutes later to go up 2-0. Brandi Heckman answered for the Lady Rams at the 37:05 mark with a shot from outside the penalty area to make the halftime score 2-1.
The second half was again largely played at midfield but Central Mountain got the insurance goal at the 67:56 mark. The Lady Rams were unable to find an answer.
In earlier action, the Central Mountain JV beat the Penns Valley JV 2-0.
Penns Valley Tops Tyrone
September 21 - Four different Lady Rams tallied goals as PV beat Tyrone 4-1 on Tuesday night. The goal scoring started early as Leah Senator followed a shot on the keeper at the 1:40 mark and took advantage when the keeper dropped the ball by kicking it into the net from close range. Penns Valley then dominated play and generated numerous opportunities but was unable to find the scoring touch. At 18:28 Tyrone tied the game on their first shot of the night. Penns Valley answered with the game winner 10 minutes later when Liz Ventura found Carolyn Darr with a cross in front of the goal and Darr beat the keeper.
The second half was much the same as Penns Valley kept the pressure on the Tyrone defense. Liz Ventura scored a goal 1:14 into the half when she took the ball up the right side and around the defense and beat the keeper to the near post from close range. Leah Mothersbaugh finished the scoring for the night at 45:21 when she made an excellent header attempt that bounced off the post and right back to her. She knocked in the rebound to make the final score 4-1.
Lady Rams Shut Out Bald Eagle
September 15 - The Penns Valley defense played well to earn their first shutout of the year against host Bald Eagle, 1-0. The Lady Rams struck early off of a free kick at the 5:31 mark in the game. Liz Ventura took the kick, about 30 yards away from the goal on the right side, and found a streaking Leah Senator who volleyed the ball into the back of the net from six yards out. Penns Valley continued to put pressure on the Bald Eagle defense the rest of the half and generated numerous opportunities but were unable to find the net.
The second half saw much of the same kind of action as the first. The game was hard fought by both sides and played largely at midfield. Penns Valley again had opportunities to score but the Bald Eagle goalie was up to the task.
In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV beat the Bald Eagle JV 6-1. Bald Eagle struck first but Penns Valley answered with goals by Bethany Wasson (2), Brandi Heckman, Lyndsey Witherite, Ayla Olsen-Zelman and Marcy Smucker. Smucker, Witherite and Olsen-Zelman also contributed assists.
Bellefonte Blanks Penns Valley
September 14 - The host Red Raiders scored once in each half to shut out the visiting Lady Rams, 2-0. It was a very windy day in Bellefonte and the hosts won the toss and chose to have the wind at their backs the first half. They were able to keep the Lady Rams under pressure the whole half and finally broke through midway through the half with their first goal. Penns Valley was able to mount a couple of drives but was unable to put the finishing touch on the ball.
In the second half, Bellefonte stepped up their game while facing the wind and their defense did not allow the Lady Rams to generate many opportunities. The Lady Raiders scored the insurance goal early in the half to make the final score 2-0.
In later action, the Bellefonte JV beat the Penns Valley JV 2-0.
Lady Rams Grab First Win
September 11 - On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Penns Valley, the Lady Rams found their scoring touch again and beat visiting Indian Valley 3-1. Penns Valley got on the scoreboard early, 2:16 into the game, when Maggie Lynch followed in a cross that was bobbled by the defense and drilled it into the net from close range. There was a lot of back-and-forth action, with both teams generating scoring opportunities, but the score remained 1-0 at the half.
Indian Valley struck early in the second half, at the 51:31 mark, on a long range blooping shot that sneaked under the crossbar and into the net. After 20 minutes of more back-and-forth action, Carolyn Darr found Liz Ventura at the top of the penalty box and Ventura beat the keeper high from 15 yards out at the 73:09 mark. Two minutes later, Leah Mothersbaugh sealed the win when she found a bouncing ball in a scramble in front of the net and headed it home to make the final score 3-1.
In later action, the Penns Valley JV beat the Indian Valley JV 4-3. Goal scorers were Tori Youngbauer, Bethany Wasson (2), and Brandi Heckman. Marcy Smucker added an assist.
Juniata Beats Penns Valley
September 8 - Penns Valley dropped its home opener to Juniata on Wednesday evening, 1-2. It was a hard-fought game from the beginning, with both teams playing aggressively and looking to score. Juniata had some early opportunities in the first half but Maddie Bastress came up big in goal with some key stops. The goal posts were also her friend as a couple of Juniata opportunities ricocheted off the posts. Later in the first half Penns Valley also found the posts of the Juniata goal but neither team was able to put it in before half.
Penns Valley struck first in the second half at the 60:10 mark when Liz Ventura ran a nice overlap with Heather Holmes. Holmes fed Ventura, who launched a shot from 20 yards out at the right corner of the penalty area that found the far corner of the net. Juniata responded, however, seven minutes later with a goal to tie and then added the game winner at the 70:24 mark.
In earlier action, the Penns Valley JV played a scoreless draw with the Juniata JV.
Penns Valley Drops Two at Hughesville
September 4 - Penns Valley opened the season with two losses at the Hughesville Tournament. On Friday night, the Lady Rams squared off against host Hughesville in a high scoring affair. Hughesville started the scoring with a goal three minutes into the game. Liz Ventura answered at the 12:30 mark with an assist from Carolyn Darr. Hughesville then scored three unanswered goals before the end of the half to make the score 4-1.
In the second half, Hughesville again scored early, just one minute into the half. Carolyn Darr and Liz Ventura then took over the offense for the next 10 minutes. Darr had three goals, thanks to two assists from Ventura and a goalie error, to make the score 5-4. For the next 10 minutes the action went back and forth until Hughesville punched another one in at 61:20. Hughesville scored again at 69:14 and Ventura answered with a solo goal at 73:37. Hughesville put the game away with a final goal at 77:53 to make the final score 8-5.
In later action, the Hughesville JV beat the Penns Valley JV 9-1. Grace Gover scored the lone goal for the Lady Rams.
Saturday's game saw Penns Valley face North Schuylkill. The Lady Rams dominated the first half but could not find the back of the net. The second half started much the same way but midway through the half the North Schuylkill Lady Spartans started to press and generate some scoring opportunities. Neither team could score in regulation so the game went to overtime. The Lady Spartans scored the golden goal midway through the first overtime period to emerge the victors, 1-0.
The Lady Ram JV beat the North Schuylkill JV 2-0. Lyndsey Witherite had a goal and an assist, Bethany Wasson had a goal, and Rachel Long added an assist.
Hughesville Tournament to Kick Off Season (revised 8/27)
August 27 - The Hughesville Tournament will once again start the season for the Lady Rams. The first game will be the Penns Valley Varsity against the Hughesville Varsity at 4:00pm on Friday, September 3. The PV JV will then play the Hughesville JV at 5:30pm. Saturday's games will see the PV Varsity play the North Schuykill Varsity at 2:30pm, followed by the JVs of both teams at 4:00pm. Hughesville and North Schuykill will then face off at 5:30pm and 7:00pm, with the JV game first, followed by the varsity game. All games will take place on the stadium field.
The bus will leave at 1:15pm on Friday. All games will be played at Hughesville High School. Directions to the fields are available by clicking on the "Directions" link on the left side of this page. Stay tuned because the schedule could change again as Hughesville is looking for a fourth team to replace the one that dropped out.
Preseason to Start August 16
Soccer preseason practice will begin on August 16, 2010, and run from 4:30-8:30pm every weekday evening. Every girl must have a physical, with the paperwork handed into the high school office, before she may practice. A more detailed practice schedule will be handed out during the first week of practice.