WYALUSING HANDS ATHENS FIRST LEAGUE LOSS

By: Tim Birney | AthensWildcats.com | October 5, 2021 | Photo courtesy Matt Patton

 
WYALUSING HANDS ATHENS FIRST LEAGUE LOSS
 

ATHENS — Wyalusing made the most of its three shots-on-goal as Olivia Haley scored in the final two minutes of the game to lift the Lady Rams to a 2-1 win over Athens here Tuesday afternoon in NTL girls soccer action at Alumni Stadium.

The loss is the first in league play for the Lady Wildcats, who are now 5-1. They fall into a first-place tie with Troy. Wyalusing and NEB are 1 game back.

“I thought the girls executed our game plan and we played great ‘soccer,’” said Athens coach Rich Pitts.
 
“We faced a lot of adversity throughout the game, but nothing we haven’t seen before when playing them the last two years,” noted Pitts.

“I am proud of the girls, and how they handled themselves to the end,” he added. “We will get back to work and prepare for NEB.”

The Lady Wildcats struck first midway through the first half when senior Hannah Walker set up freshman Addison Wheeler for a goal to make it 1-0.

Layla Botts tied the in the 30th minute, and the game went to the half tied at 1-1.

With 1:57 remaining in the game, Haley scored an unassisted goal to give the Lady Rams a 2-1 lead.

Athens had a 7-3 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

Pearl O’Connor had six saves for Wyalusing, while Karlee Bartlow had one for Athens.

Athens, now 7-5 overall, hosts NEB Thursday night.

 

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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.