By: Tim Birney | | September 28, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger


ATHENS — Senior Hannah Walker netted a hat trick, and junior Alli Thoman had two goals and two assists to lead Athens a 5-0 win over Towanda in its annual “Pink Out” game here Tuesday evening in NTL girls soccer action.

The “Pink Out” game is played annually each year to honor the memory of former Athens Area standout Sarah Reid, a 2021 graduate who was tragically killed in an auto accident shortly after graduation.

Walker scored her first goal, off a feed from Thoman, gave the Lady Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the 8th minutes, but Towanda’s Kelsea Allen-Smith scored about 4 1/2 minutes later to tie the game at 1-1.

Midway through the half, Walker took a through-ball from Thoman and beat the keeper to make it 2-1.

Thoman tacked on unassisted goal to give the Lady Wildcats a 3-1 halftime lead.

About 6 1/2 minutes after the intermission, Thoman scored on a header to make it 4-1. Waker and freshman Addison Wheeler were both credited with assists.

Walker capped the scoring late in the game with a direct kick from 25 yards out.

Towanda had a 10-9 edge in shots-on-goal, while Athens had a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Junior Karlee Bartlow recorded nine saves in net for Athens.

Athens improves to 5-0 in league play, and 6-4 overall.

The Lady Wildcats return to action Oct. 5 when it hosts Wyalusing.


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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 five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).