By: Tim Birney | | September 3, 2022


MONTOURSVILLE — Athens dropped a pair of close decisions here Saturday to finish fourth at the Montoursville boys soccer tournament.

The Wildcats gave up a goal late in a 2-1 loss to Montoursville in the opening game, then dropped a 2-0 decision to Benton in the consolation game.

Montoursville 2, Athens 1
Montoursville scored late in the game to pull out a 2-1 non-league win over Athens here Saturday morning in the opening round of the Montoursville Tournament.

After a scoreless first half, Mason Winslow scored about 2 1/2 minutes into the second half to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

The Wildcats knotted the game midway through the second half. Senior Levent Van Helden headed a throw-in from junior Korey Miller to senior Brayden Post, who found the back of the net to make it 1-1.

With 5:12 remaining, Wyatt Fry, off a feed from Winslow, scored to give Montoursville a 2-1 lead.

Montoursville had a 9-2 advantage in shots-on-goal, and an 8-4 edge in corner kicks.

Senior Grant Liechty registered eight saves in net for the Wildcats.

Consolation Game
Benton 2, Athens 0

Benton scored a pair of second-half goals in a 2-0 win over Athens in the consolation game of the Montoursville Tournament.

After a scoreless first half, Benton scored just 76 seconds into the second half to take a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers added a penalty kick with 9 minutes remaining to seal the win.

Benton had a 9-1 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 10-2 edge in corner kicks.

Liechty recorded seven saves in net for the Wildcats.


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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).