Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Zoe Carlson scored with 7:57 remaining in the game to lift Hershey to a 1-0 winnower Athens here Saturday in non-league girls soccer action.
“It was back-and-forth game,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “(Hershey) is a great possession team and made us work very hard.
“However, there were some great moments where we pressed them in their end and had a few nice chances,” he noted.
“I thought our four backs continue to play lights out,” Pitts added.
Pitts noted the Lady Wildcats had a couple of golden opportunities to score.
“Sindoni was 1-on-1 with the keeper late in the first half, and was taken down by her in the box, but the ref didn't feel it was a foul late.
“We also got a great chance in the second half that Emma Roe hit strong but the keeper made the save,” Pitts said.
Pitts believes his non-league schedule will his team prepare for the offseason.
“These types of games helps us bond as we head toward districts,” he said. “It also made us play a complete competitive game for 80 minutes.
“I am super proud of the girls, but could tell after they were not happy.
“If they could get off the bus tonight and play Wellsboro they would, but we will wait till Monday,” added Pitts.
Hershey had a 10-5 advantage in shots-on-goal, and an 8-3 edge in corner kicks.
Senior Madisyn Joslyn recorded nine saves in net for the Lady Wildcats.
Athens, now 12-2-2, returns to action Monday when it hosts Wellsboro.
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