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Valley Sports Report
TIOGA CENTER — Watkins Glen scored twice in the opening 4 1/2 minutes of the second half to break open a tie game en route to a 5-2 win over Tioga here Friday afternoon in IAC girls soccer action.

In the spring, Tioga got the best of Watkins Glen in the first of what was suppose to be three matches. However, the Lady Seneca program folded shortly thereafter.

“Watkins Glen had a few surprises that we did not expect coming off of last year's folded team,” said Tioga coach Jim Walsh. “The first surprise was freshman Skye Honrath, who pulled off a hat trick, and the second was 8th-grader Maddie Tuttle, who had two assists.”

After 15 minutes of scoreless action, Katrina Tuttle, off an assist from Maddie Tuttle, rifled a shot into the back of the net from close range to give the Lady Senecas a 1-0 lead.

Nearly 11 minutes later, Skye Honrath made it 2-0.

With 5:48 remaining in the first half, 8th-grader Sophia Haney split the center of the Lady Seneca defense, creating a 1-v-1 with the keeper, and drove a shot inside the near post to trim the deficit to 2-1.

Just 40 seconds later, sophomore Elyse Haney took the ball to the endline, then slid a pass through the box to the far post, where sophomore Karlee Noyes punched it past the keeper to tie the game at 2-2.

Honrath scored just 85 seconds into the second half, and Ricca scored her second goal a little more than three minutes later to make it 4-2.

Honrath finished off her hat trick with 12:58 left in the contest.

“We tied the game late in the first half but Watkins Glen’s two quick goals out of the gate in the second half thwarted any reasonable comeback attempt,” said Walsh.

“We need to figure out some things fast or we are in for a long season,” added Walsh.

Watkins Glen had a 23-11 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

Gabby Foley registered 18 goals in net for Tioga, while Lilly Aweigh had nine for the Lady Senecas.

Tioga, now 0-1-1, returns to action Monday at Groton.


IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s Elyse Haney. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.

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