Penns Valley Season Ends in Altoona

October 24 - The Lady Rams traveled to Altoona on Wednesday evening to take on the Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders in the first round of the District 6 "A" playoffs. Playing conditions were great and the Lady Rams came out playing hard from the start. Penns Valley got on the board early at the 5:50 mark when Destiny Andrus put a ball through to a hard charging Marcy Smucker, who got behind the Marauder defense and beat the keeper with a great shot from 12 yards out. The Lady Rams continued to work hard and were able to establish a passing game at times. Bishop Guilfoyle has a freshman, Alyssa McGhee, who has scored 57 goals for them this season and was always dangerous around the ball. Brandi Heckman did a great job of marking her and was able to keep her silent for the first 20 minutes. At the 21:40 mark, however, she finally was able to get a good shot off and found the upper left side of the goal to tie the score.

In the second half, both teams came out firing but Guilfoyle scored early, at the 43:20 mark, when McGhee took the ball deep to the left side of the goal and squeezed a shot in at the near post. Both teams continued to battle back-and-forth and put pressure on both keepers. Lady Ram keeper Kylie Orndorf came up big on numerous occasions to shut McGhee down the rest of the way. Penns Valley fought all the way to the end but couldn't come up with the equalizer. The game ended with a score of 2-1.

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Lady Rams Fall to Juniata

October 22 - The Lady Rams traveled to Mifflintown on Monday and lost to Juniata 4-1. Juniata put some pressure on early and scored the first goal of the game at the 25:36 mark. Penns Valley responded, however, and began to generate some opportunities. At 31:21, Brandi Heckman beat the defense around the corner and made a nice cross to Marcy Smucker who trapped the ball and buried the shot past the keeper from 10 yards out. The score at the half was 1-1. In the second half, Juniata increased the pressure and scored 3 goals in less than 10 minutes midway through the half to put the game away. 

In later action, the Juniata JV beat the PV JV 3-1. Sam Kelly had the lone goal for Penns Valley.

Tyrone Beats Penns Valley

October 18 - The Lady Rams traveled to Tyrone on Thursday and lost 2-0. This was a fairly even game with a lot of back-and-forth action. Tyrone struck early in the 14th minute with a goal off a corner kick. Penns Valley earned a few breakaway opportunities but were unable to find the goal with their shots. Tyrone put the insurance goal away in the 73rd minute off another corner kick that the Penns Valley defense was unable to clear. The hard, rough, field made for a tough night for both teams for controlling the ball.

In later action, the Tyrone JV beat the PV JV 1-0.

Clearfield Shuts Out Penns Valley

October 16 - The Lady Rams traveled to Clearfield on Tuesday night and were beat by the hosts 4-0. Clearfield controlled play early with a nice passing game and put two goals in during the first half. Two more goals from Clearfield in the second half finished out the scoring. The Lady Rams were able to generate a little pressure late in the game but were unable to get a quality shot on goal.

Penns Valley Notches Win on Senior Night

October 10 - The Lady Rams came out fired up on a cold and wet night, ready to send the seniors off with a win in their final home game, and came through with the 3-2 victory over Bald Eagle on Wednesday evening. Penns Valley pinned Bald Eagle in their own end at the start and earned numerous corner kicks but couldn't notch the early goal. At 6:31, Bald Eagle finally broke out of their own half on a breakaway and took advantage of a slippery field to slip one past Kylie Orndorf into the back of the net to go up 1-0. Penns Valley responded and generated some more opportunities but could not get off good shots on goal. The half ended at 1-0.

In the second half, the seniors led the way with good defense and some breakthrough goals. At 49:18, Rachel Long took a shot from long range that the BEA goalie could not corral. A hard-charging Brandi Heckman took advantage by scooping up the rebound and kicking it home to even the score. Bald Eagle responded, however, at 51:57, with a similar goal off a rebound. The wet night made for some wild action inside the penalty area. Grace Gover, on her birthday, made sure that Penns Valley would not be held down. At 52:39, Bald Eagle fouled a Lady Ram 25 yards out near the middle of the field and Gover drilled the direct kick over the keeper's head and under the crossbar for her first goal of the night. A minute later, a nice passing combination across the field finished with a Maggie Lynch assist to a charging Gover at the corner of the penalty area and she chipped the ball over the goalie's head for the game winner. Orndorf and the rest of the Penns Valley defense came up big the rest of the game as Bald Eagle pressed and the slippery conditions made every foray inside the penalty area exciting.

In earlier action, the PV JV beat the BEA JV 2-1.

Penns Valley Falls to Central Mountain

October 9 - The Wildcats of Central Mountain visited Penns Valley on Tuesday evening and came away 2-0 victors. The first half saw a lot of back and forth action but the Wildcats were getting scoring chances while the Lady Rams were not able to get shots on goal. The Penns Valley defense was up to the task for most of the first half, however. At 33:40, Central Mountain finally broke through with the first goal of the game. The Lady Rams continued to play good defense the second half but could not get the offense going. The Wildcats scored their insurance goal at 47:02.

In earlier action, the PV JV tied the CM JV 0-0.

Huntingdon Beats Penns Valley in Overtime

October 6 - Huntingdon visited Penns Valley for a Saturday afternoon game and came away the 2-1 winners. The Lady Rams came out strong and pinned the Bearcats in their own end for the first 10 minutes but couldn't get off a quality shot. Huntingdon increased their level of play and at 19:50 scored the first goal. After halftime, the Lady Rams scored 4 minutes in when Bethany Wasson took a nice pass from Brandi Heckman and beat the keeper with a low shot to the far post from 15 yards out. The rest of the half saw a lot of midfield play with neither team able to get the game winner. Six minutes into the first overtime, the Lady Rams were called for a foul just inside the penalty box and Huntingdon notched the golden goal on the penalty kick for the win.

In earlier action, the PV JV tied the Huntingdon JV 1-1. Cristina Curran scored the goal for PV with Naomi Olsen-Zelman providing the assist.

Penns Valley Shuts Out Central

October 3 - Penns Valley hosted Central (Martinsburg) on Wednesday evening and dominated from the start for a 4-0 win. Brandi Heckman got the scoring started early in the fifth minute on an assist from Marcy Smucker. The Lady Rams continued to press but couldn't find the back of the net again until the 34th minute when Smucker scored off an assist from Heckman. Four minutes later Lauren Eberly found the back of the net on an assist from Heckman. In the second half, the Lady Rams tallied once in the 69th minute when Rachel Long scored on a nice assist from Destiny Andrus.

Bellefonte Beats Penns Valley

October 2 - Penns Valley traveled to Bellefonte and scored first but Bellefonte found the back of the net many times afterwards to beat the Lady Rams 7-1. It was a very physical game from the outset and Bellefonte moved the ball well and pressed early. Nineteen minutes into the first half, Penns Valley earned a corner kick and Lauren Eberly took it. She placed a nice kick 8 yards out in front of the net and Marcy Smucker one-touched the ball into the far corner of the goal for the lone Penns Valley goal. After that, it was all Bellefonte with four goals in the rest of the first half and three goals in the second.

In later action, the PV JV lost to the Bellefonte JV 3-0.


Philipsburg Shuts Out Penns Valley

Sept. 26 - Playing for the third time in three nights, the Lady Rams visited Philipsburg and lost 1-0. Penns Valley came out and established their passing game early and played their best half of the last few years. They moved the ball very well and kept Philipsburg pinned in their defensive end but could not get off any quality shots. Against the run of play, Philipsburg made a drive into the Penns Valley end of the field in the 23rd minute and earned a corner kick. The corner kick was driven into a pile of players and ricocheted twice before ending up in the back of the net for the lone score of the game. Penns Valley continued to press the rest of the game but could not find the back of the net.

In later action, the PV JV beat the PO JV 2-0. Goals were scored by Destiny Andrus and Nakisha Breon, with Marissa Hettinger tallying an assist.

Tyrone Shuts Out Penns Valley

Sept. 25 - Tyrone came to Penns Valley on Tuesday night and beat the Lady Rams 1-0. The game saw a lot of back and forth action with neither team able to establish much of a passing game. The lone goal came five minutes into the second half and the Tyrone defense was able to hold on the rest of the way for the win.

In earlier action, the PV JV tied Tyrone JV 0-0.



Lady Rams Shut Out Philipsburg 2-0

Sept. 24 - On a rare late afternoon home game, Penns Valley resurrected the passing game and put in a nice performance to earn the shutout over the visiting Lady Mounties. The Lady Rams controlled play from the beginning and generated some nice scoring opportunities. At the 18:20 mark, Lauren Eberly tracked down a cleared ball and launched a rocket from 25 yards out over the keeper's head and into the back of the net for her first goal of the year. In the second half, in the 59th minute, Destiny Andrus added the insurance goal with Grace Gover providing the assist on a through ball behind the defense. Cheyenne Swartz and the rest of the Penns Valley defense did a nice job withstanding some late pressure from PO to earn the shutout.

In later action, the Penns Valley JV beat the PO JV 4-1. Destiny Andrus had the hat trick with Marissa Hettinger adding the 4th goal. Lucie Case had an assist. 

Clearfield Shuts Out Penns Valley 2-0

Sept. 19 - Clearfield came to town on Wednesday night and used good team speed and skills to beat the Lady Rams. Twelve minutes into the first half, a Clearfield striker won a foot race to the ball behind the PV defense and went in alone on Kylie Orndorf and hit a nice shot into the upper 90 of the goal. The teams went back and forth a lot for the rest of the half but the Lady Rams couldn't figure out how to get by the stingy Clearfield defense. In the second half Clearfield notched their insurance goal four minutes into the half with another nice long shot that went in just under the crossbar.

In earlier action, the PV JV beat the Clearfield JV 4-2. Goal scorers for the Lady Rams were Marissa Hettinger, Rachel Hodgson, Destiny Andrus and Carey McCool. Assists were provided by Destiny Andrus and Ayla Olsen-Zelman.

Bald Eagle Area Beats Penns Valley 2-1

Sept. 18 - Two late first half goals were all BEA needed to beat the Lady Rams on a wet and windy night in Wingate. The game was mostly played at midfield but with the wind at their backs BEA scored first at 26:35 and then again at 34:40. In the second half the Lady Rams came out stronger and applied pressure early. Two minutes into the second half Marcy Smucker notched her fourth goal of the season with a low left-footed shot from 15 yards out on the left side of the penalty area. Penns Valley continued to apply the pressure but could not get a good shot on goal from many scrambles in front of the BEA net.

In earlier action, the BEA JV beat the PV JV 2-0.


Penns Valley Loses to Huntingdon in Tight Match

Sept. 13 - Penns Valley traveled to Huntingdon on Thursday and lost a hard-fought game 2-1. The Bearcats always play an aggressive, physical game, and Thursday was no different. Most of the game was played at midfield, with both teams occasionally making forays inside the 18. Huntingdon struck first, at 22:43, with a long shot that found the back of the net. The score at halftime was 1-0. 

In the second half, the Lady Rams came out with a little more energy and a little better passing, and were able to press the Huntingdon defense. After a number of dangerous runs at the Huntingdon defense by Valerie Kubalak and Destiny Andrus, PV finally got on the scoreboard. In the 47th minute, Maggie Lynch took a long throw in deep inside Bearcat territory and Marcy Smucker got on the end of it and flicked it on with her head. Andrus gathered up the pass and launched a hard low shot from 15 yards out that beat the keeper. Huntingdon responded quickly, however, and scored the game winner a minute later from a scramble in front of the net. Penns Valley again pressed late in the game but couldn't get the equalizer.

In earlier action, the Huntingdon JV beat the Penns Valley JV 2-1. Rachel Hodgson notched the lone goal on an assist from Destiny Andrus.

Lady Rams Shut Out Central

Sept. 10 - Penns Valley traveled to Martinsburg on Monday and dominated league newcomer Central 9-0. The field was rough and connecting with passes was difficult but the Lady Rams applied pressure early. Marcy Smucker started off the scoring in the 4th minute when she took a loose ball in front of the net and hit a low shot past the keeper. Smucker added a second goal at 18:13 off an assist from Valerie Kubalak. At 25:13, Grace Gover launched a shot from distance that bounced off the crossbar and a hustling Kubalak got her first goal when she headed it home. The score at half was 3-0.

Two minutes into the second half, Maggie Lynch crossed the ball into the penalty area and a Central defender attempted to clear it but headed the ball into her own net. Lynch then set up Kubalak's second goal with a cross into the box at the 46:12 mark. In the 50th minute, Grace Gover fed a pass through to Smucker who notched the hat trick. In the 60th minute, Rachel Hodgson added an unassisted goal. At 64:20, Jordon Brown found an open Naomi Olsen-Zelman to the side of the net and Olsen-Zelman beat the keeper to the near post. Sam Kelly finished the scoring in the 68th minute on an assist from Carey McCool. Kylie Orndorf made three saves on the afternoon, with one of them being a stop of a penalty kick.

Penns Valley Opens Mountain League Play with a 6-2 Loss

Sept. 6 - Bellefonte traveled to Spring Mills on Thursday night for the Lady Rams' first home game of the season. The Red Raiders came out aggressively and put PV on their heels from the start. PV, however, got on the scoreboard first after Valerie Kubalak was taken down in the penalty area by a Bellefonte defender. Grace Gover converted on the penalty kick at the 19:25 mark for her second goal of the season. Bellefonte came back and scored two goals at 23:15 and 36:28 for a 2-1 lead at halftime. PV had two corner kicks in the last two minutes of the half and got shots off but couldn't convert.

The second half saw more of the same action, with Bellefonte winning loose balls and passing well. At 62:42 they notched their third goal, and followed with another 7 minutes later. The Lady Rams struck back at 71:48 when Cheyenne Swartz picked up a loose ball on the side and made a nice cross behind the defense. Rachel Long got to the ball first and beat the keeper from 12 yards out. Bellefonte responded with two more goals in the last 6 minutes.

In earlier action, the Bellefonte JV beat the Lady Ram JV 3-2.

Lady Rams Open the Season with a Split at Hughesville


Sept. 1 - The Lady Rams traveled to Hughesville on Saturday and made it to the championship game before falling to the hosts in the nightcap. Penns Valley faced Northeast Bradford in the first game and it was a hot and muggy noon start. The Lady Rams pressed from the start and got a quick goal in the third minute when Maggie Lynch took a feed from Valerie Kubalak and beat the goalie to the high side from 25 yards out with a shot that hit the bottom of the crossbar before bouncing into the net. Penns Valley got their passing game going early and distributed the ball very well around the field. They kept the pressure on  but NEB was able to get an equalizer towards the end of the first half to make the scored tied 1-1 at halftime. 

In the second half, PV continued to work the ball well and kept the ball in their offensive end most of the time, but the NEB goalkeeper had a nice game and defended her net well. In the 53rd minute, however, Valerie Kubalak broke through and buried a shot from 12 yards out on a nice cross from Rachel Long to get the game-winner. Grace Gover added an insurance goal in the 75th minute on a rocket shot from 25 yards out that beat the keeper in the low corner. Penns Valley outshot NEB 34-4 for the game.

In the second game, the team speed and larger roster of Hughesville was too much for PV to handle. The Lady Rams were clearly tired from the earlier match, with many girls doing double duty on JV and Varsity. Hughesville was able to establish control of the match from the beginning and keep the pressure on the Lady Ram defense most of the game. Two first half goals were all Hughesville would need to retain the rights to the Lady Spartan trophy. The PV defense played well and was able to turn away many opportunities that the Lady Spartans had. Kylie Orndorf had a busy night in goal and ended the match with 24 saves.

The Penns Valley JV opened the day with a 0-1 overtime loss against Northeast Bradford.They outshot NEB but were unable to find the net. In their second game, against Wyalusing, they found their scoring touch and PV torched the net with 6 goals for a 6-0 win.



Hughesville Tournament Scheduled for Sept. 1

July 24 - The annual Hughesville Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 1, at Hughesville High School. The schedule is below.


10:00am JV Hughesville vs. Wyalusing Stadium Field
10:00am JV Penns Valley vs. Northeast Bradford JV Field
12:00pm Varsity Penns Valley vs. Northeast Bradford Stadium Field
2:00pm Varsity Hughesville vs. Wyalusing Stadium Field
4:00pm JV JV Match of JV Losing Teams JV Field
4:00pm JV JV Match of JV Winning Teams Stadium Field
5:30pm Varsity Varsity Consolation Match Stadium Field
7:00pm Varsity Varsity Championship Match Stadium Field


Summer Open Field Soccer is Underway


June 18 - There will be open field soccer available for senior high girls every Monday and Thursday evening from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the soccer athletic field at the high school through the beginning of August. In case of rain or storms, an email will be sent out to cancel as needed. Please check your email or call Coach Smucker if you have questions. The schedule is on the calendar below. Junior High girls will have open fields at Centre Hall on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm. Contact Jeff Denger or Rich Whitman for information about that.