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Lady Rams Trip Elk Lake in Girls' Soccer
Wyalusing Valley's Meghan Snavely, left, and Elk Lake's Kassandra Buckingham chase after the ball during the first half of the Lady Rams' 4-1 win over the Lady Warriors on Sept. 3. Snavely scored twice for Wyalusing.
Meghan Snavely scored twice to lead Wyalusing Valley to a 4-1 victory at Elk Lake in the season openers for both girls' soccer teams.
Wyalusing's Liz Hugo opened the scoring with a long direct kick that skipped off the hands of the Elk Lake goalkeeper into the net with only two minutes off the clock.
Elk Lake coach Fred Hein felt that the "soft" goal briefly affected his squad.
"I think it did hurt. It deflated us a little," he said.
Snavely gave Wyalusing a 2-0 lead with 12 minutes to play in the first half.
A steal deep in Elk Lake territory set up Snavely's goal.
Five minutes later, the Lady Warriors got on the board as Lacey Wells scored on a breakaway.
Elk Lake had turned up the pressure on Wyalusing goalkeeper April Johnson. The freshman, making her first varsity start, had two huge saves in the first half.
Wyalusing dominated play through much of the first half, making 12 shots on goal to just three for Elk Lake.
Lady Rams' coach Beth Trowbridge was pleased with the aggressive play in the offensive end.
"Our forwards have been a little timid about scoring," she said. "I hope this opens the flood gates for them.
"We're talking better and running the give-and-goes."
Snavely scored her second goal with 13 minutes to play in the game off an assist by Brooke Repsher.
Three minutes later, Stefani Smalser completed the scoring for the Lady Rams.
Trowbridge was pleased with Johnson's performance in her debut.
"She did a nice job."
"The teams were pretty evenly matched," Hein said. "Wyalusing outhustled us."
Although disappointed by the result, Hein was pleased with his team's attitude.
"It's better," he said. "Last year, we were losing 12-0 every night. To be in a game, I'm really encouraged."
Troy 7, Wyalusing 1
The Lady Rams made a game of it for a half—trailing just 2-1 at the break—before the flood gates opened in the second half.
Trailing 1-0, Emily Hoffman scored on a direct kick to tie the game for Wyalusing in a home game played on Sept. 7.
Troy pounded two Wyalusing goalkeepers with 37 shots, while the Lady Rams managed just eight against the Lady Trojans' Becky Gore, who was credited with seven saves.
Miranda Beardslee and Michelle Duffy each had two goals for Troy. Elizabeth VanBlarcom, Karema Moheison and Courtney Rockwell each added a goal.
Johnson started in goal for Wyalusing, making seven saves. Sadie Watson came on to make 14 stops.
Troy had an 8-2 corner kick advantage.
Troy won the junior varsity game, 3-0. Rockwell had two goals and Julie Hunsinger added another to spoil the Wyalusing jayvees' debut.