By: Tim Birney | | October 18, 2021


HUGHESVILLE — Hughesville scored early in the second half on an Athens miscue to take a 2-0 lead on its way to a 3-1 win over Athens here Monday night in non-league girls soccer action.

“We played really well overall against a very good team,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “Our defense played really well all night

“I’m also happy with how we are getting forward and getting looks,” added Pitts. (But) we need to keep working on the finishing part.”

Kayleigh Rocker, off a feed from Haley Sherwood, gave the Lady Spartans a 1-0 lead midway through the first half.

The Lady Wildcats fell behind 2-0 about five minutes after the intermission on an own goal that was credited to Kate Forten.

Senior Hannah Walker put the Lady Wildcats on the board about 2 1/2 minutes later with a free kick from 20 yards out to trim the deficit to 2-1.

“It was a perfect strike into the upper-90,” said Pitts.

However, sophomore Sophia Clark found the net from 25 yards out on a free kick with 19 1/2 minutes remaining to put Hughesville up 3-1.

Hughesville had an 8-4 edge in shots-on-goal, and a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Karlee Bartlow recorded seven saves in net for the Lady Wildcats.

Athens, now 9-8, returns to action Thursday when it travels to Northeast Bradford.


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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).