Valley Sports Report for Penn York Valley


Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — Athens drew first blood, but Elmira scored a pair of second-half goals, including the game-winner in the final minute to pull out a 2-1 win here Monday afternoon in non-league girls soccer action at Alumni Stadium.

“It was a fantastic match,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “Elmira provided a great match-up for us, and the game featured some fantastic play by both teams.

“The girls played outstanding soccer and we took a big step towards being ready for Districts,” added Pitts.

The game was the sixth annual “Pink Out for Sara Reid” game, held to honor Reid, a 2012 Athens graduate and soccer standout who was killed in a car accident in the fall of 2012.

With 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half, junior Ariana Gambrell pressed the keeper and blocked a clearing pass. Morgan Ferguson corralled the loose ball and fired it past the Elmira keeper for a 1-0 lead.

The Express tied the game early in the second half on a free kick, then with 24 remaining in the Elmira scored the game-winner from a scramble in the box.

Elmira had a 14-13 edge in shots-on-goal, and a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Athens senior Kara Chapman had 12 saves in net.

Athens, now 9-2-2, hosts Troy Thursday in a pivotal NTL league game.


IN PHOTO: Athens’ Morgan Ferguson.

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