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October 22, 2013

Richland, Bishop McCort advance to District 6 girls semifinals

— Allison Tatula scored with 10 minutes left in regulation off an assist from Nicole Miller, as the Richland Rams moved onto the District 6 Class A girls soccer semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Moshannon Valley on Tuesday night in Richland.

“We did a great job of possessing the ball and creating opportunities, especially in the second half,” Richland coach Nate Gironda said. “We sort of sat back a little in the first half, but in the second we became a little more aggressive with possessing the ball. We didn’t give up a corner kick or a goal kick in the game, and we were able to create a lot more opportunities.”

The Rams (9-8-2) kept Damsels goalkeeper Brittany Oliver busy with 10 shots on goal.

Courtney Syfert picked up the shutout victory in net for Richland, which faces West Branch in the semifinals on Thursday, with a time and site to be determined.

Girls Class A Quarterfinals

Bishop McCort 1, Penns Valley 0

ALTOONA – Katie Downing scored the game-winning goal in the 50th minute to lift the Crushers over the Rams and into the district semifinal round.

Bishop McCort goalkeeper Mackenzie Barbin stopped all six Penns Valley shots she faced on the night, while the Crushers outshot the Rams 19-6.

The Crushers (6-8-4) will face the top-seeded Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders on Thursday, with a site and time to be determined.

Girls Class AA First Round

Tyrone 5, Bishop Carroll 2

ALTOONA – Marissa Panasiti and Carrie Vance each scored a pair of goals to lift the Golden Eagles past the Huskies in the Class AA girls first round.

Paisley Zatek’s goal gave the Huskies an early 1-0 lead before Panasiti struck for two goals. Bishop Carroll (8-11) tied the match at 2 late in the first half on a goal from Carrie D’andrea, as Tyrone took the lead right before the break on a Vance goal.

Vance added her second goal early in the second half, while teammate Audrey Bowser capped the Golden Eagles’ scoring later in the half.

“It started out as a pretty even match,” Bishop Carroll coach Chris Rozinsky said. “The difference was that Tyrone was able to capitalize on a couple of chances in the second.”

For the game, Tyrone outshot Bishop Carroll 12-5, and held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Boys Class AA Quarterfinals

Philipsburg-Osceola 2, Forest Hills 1

Forest Hills fell behind by two goals in the first half, but put the pressure on Philipsburg-Osceola in the second half before falling 2-1.

“It was a great game. Just a heartbreak not to be able to get that last one in,” Forest Hills coach Keith Pesto said. “We were knocking on the door. We just couldn’t crack it. It was a great season.”

Forest Hills closed a 9-9-1 season while Philipsburg advances to the semifinals with an 8-8-1 mark.

The Rangers’ got a big effort from Rylan Nadonley, who scored Forest Hills’ lone goal at the 20-minute mark of the second half to close the gap to a goal.

“It was a pretty good game, and I want to give credit to Nadonley,” Philipsburg-Osceola coach Shawn Inlow said. “He nearly had us two or three times. He was shifty enough he could get through double teams. He just missed wide on the post. That’s a D1 player.”

The Mounties scored two goals just under 2 minutes apart in the first half to take control. Juniors Austin Krise and Wyatt Inlow each scored for Philipsburg with 11:55 and 9:15 showing.

“We found Austin Krise, our striker, was having a good effect on their back line early and was getting into the box,” coach Inlow said. “He was able to draw a penalty when he got behind one of their outside backs.”

With the two-goal lead at intermission, the Mounties went into a defensive mode.

“In the second half we couldn’t get any traction,” coach Inlow said. “We were a little more defensive in the second half. We were worried that Nadonley would get the ball and cause some mayhem.

“We thought we could handle him with a good-sized defender but the kid is so gifted. Out of the midfield on a college team he would be a tremendous asset.”

Pesto said the Mounties made it difficult for the Rangers to net the equalizer.

“Great defensive effort by Philipsburg,” Pesto said. “We had opportunities.”


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