The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 29, 2010

Windber’s Wozny earns spot on PIAA’s all-time scoring list

NEW PARIS — Windber’s Amber Wozny entered Wednesday’s match with Chestnut Ridge needing one more goal to crack the PIAA top-10, all-time scoring list.

She achieved that and more by scoring three goals to lead the Ramblers to a 4-3 victory over the Lions.

Wozny now has 134 career goals, moving her past 10th place and leaving her just one goal shy of ninth all-time.

“I didn’t really know I was (breaking records) until last game,” Wozny said. “I just want to help the team. They obviously get the ball up to me and I just try to use my ability to score.”

It took Wozny 27 minutes to score her 132nd goal, breaking the scoreless tie.

“I told my keeper beforehand that you better be ready back there because (Wozny’s) going to hammer you,” Chestnut Ridge coach Stephanie McVicker said. “If she can shoot from anywhere, she’s going to do it.”

Chestnut Ridge keeper Kayla Gates held her ground against Wozny, and the Lions’ Josie Neatrour scored a goal to tie at 1 in the 33rd minute.

 Wozny scored again in the 35th minute before Gates made a spectacular diving save against Wozny only to see the ball rebound to Hanna Tomlinson for a goal with just seven seconds remaining in the half. The Ramblers took a 3-1 lead into halftime.

“Anytime you score late in the half it’s huge,” Windber coach, and Amber’s father, John Wozny said. “And it takes a lot of sail out of them. But you’ve got to hand it to Chestnut Ridge. They came right back.”

The Lions’ Sierra Dull scored in the 48th minute, and Neatrour added her second goal in the 55th minute to tie at 3.

“I’m very proud of the way my girls played,” McVicker said. “We were missing players tonight and that hurt us. I don’t have a deep bench, but then again Josie Neatrour is a defender and she scored two goals. Our keeper played a great game.

“I don’t know what else we could’ve done to win.”

Wozny scored the game-winning goal in the 68th minute with a curling shot that hooked into the back of the net. The score was her 29th this season and the 134th of her career.

“To score that many goals in an entire regular season is enough,” Coach Wozny said. “But to do it while getting double-teamed is just amazing.”

 The Ramblers (6-3) held off a flurry of shot attempts from Chestnut Ridge (5-4) in the final minutes, and Ongie Null came up with a key save in the final minute to hold off the Lions in a hard-fought match.

 “My heart was pounding the entire time,” Null said. “I was just counting down the time and so excited that we were up one.”

For Wozny, a senior and Windber’s all-time leading scorer, the game marks a milestone achieved over four years but the record is even more remarkable given that the girls soccer team is just in its fourth year of existence. Prior to Wozny’s freshman year in 2007, girls had to play on the boys team.

“It’s hard to say if Amber would’ve gotten her fair shots (on the boys’ team),” Coach Wozny said.

“She probably wouldn’t have scored to that extent, but I believe she still would’ve scored.”   

Wozny has drawn a lot of interest from colleges, but no decisions have been made on where she will play.


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