By: Tim Birney | | September 4, 2021


MONTOURSVILLE — Athens rallied for a 3-2 win over Montoursville in its season-opener, but couldn’t quite duplicate the feat later in day in a 4-2 loss to Danville in the championship game of the Montoursville Tournament here Saturday in boys soccer action.

“Overall, it was a decent day,” said Lezak. “It showed us exactly what we needed to see, and exactly what we need to work on.”

Athens 3, Montoursville 2

Athens scored three second-half goals to rally for a 3-2 win over Montoursville in the opening game of the tournament.

Dino Pulizzi scored in the 21st minute, and again in the 35th minutes to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead at the half.

Junior Brayden Post put Athens on the board five minutes into the second half to trim the deficit to 2-1.

Sophomore Korey Miller scored his first varsity goal, off an assist from senior Mason Hughey, with 5:53 remaining to tie the match at 2-2.

Just 75 seconds later, senior Nate Quinn, off a feed from Miller, netted the goaded goal.

“We changed up our line-up at half, and came back to get the win,” said Lezak.

Athens had a 7-6 edge in shots-on-goal. Both teams had three corner kicks.

Championship Game
Danville 4, Athens 2

Athens again rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the game, but Danville scored two more goals late in the game for a 4-2 win in the championship game.

The Ironmen scored midway through the first half, and again with 9:50 remaining to take a 2-0 lead.

Senior Daniel Horton put the Wildcats on the board with an unassisted goal with 6:22 left in the first half.

With just 44 seconds remaining before the intermission, Quinn, off an assist from junior Tucker Brown, found the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2.

Danville scored with 13 1/2 minutes left in the contest, and again 10 minutes later to ice the win.

“Danville’s last two goals were just sloppy play on our part,” said Lezak.

Danville had an 8-6 edge in shots-on-goal, and a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.

The Wildcats, now 1-1, host Towanda Tuesday, then travel to Midd-West Wednesday, and Horseheads Saturday.

“We have a tough week ahead of us, so we need to get some rest and get back to training Monday,” noted Lezak


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.