By: Tim Birney | | September 7, 2022 | Photo courtesy Matt Patton


ATHENS — Sophomore Isaac Wilcox, off a feed from junior Korey Miller, scored 84 seconds into the game, and the Athens defense made it stand in a 1-0 win over North Penn-Liberty here Wednesday afternoon in NTL boys soccer action.

The Wildcats opened the season wins over Troy and North Penn-Liberty early last week, then dropped decisions to Montoursville and Benton at the Montoursville Tournament Saturday.

“It was nice to get the win,” said Athens coach Jake Lezak. “After dropping the last two and we have a lot of beat-up bodies right now with some guys out that didn’t play at all today. I think some of the younger guys and some of our regular subs stepped in and played really well.”

Athens controlled play throughout the game, outshooting NP-L, 11-2, and taking 13 corner kicks to the Mountaineers’ three.

Athens senior Grant Liechty had three saves in net, while NP-L freshman Deakon Valentine recorded nine.

Athens, now 3-2, returns to action Saturday at Galeton.


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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).