ATHENS RALLIES TO EDGE NEB, 2-1, IN ANNUAL 'PINK OUT FOR SARAH REID' GAME
By: Tim Birney | AthensWildcats.com | October 12, 2022 | Photo courtesy David Alliger
ATHENS — Senior Ally Thoman scored a second-half goal to help Athens
overcome an early NEB goal on its way to a 2-1 win in the annual “Pink
Out for Sarah Reid” game here Wednesday evening in NTL girls soccer
action at Alumni Stadium.
“It was a great victory over a very
good NEB team on Sarah Reid Pink Out night,” said Athens coach Rich
Pitts. “NEB came in with a great game plan, and really came at us the
first 20 minutes.
“We were able to survive, then get a goal back before half to help us settle in.
the second half, I thought we played pretty good soccer,” noted Pitts.
“We were moving the ball around and doing a lot of the things we work on
every day in training.
“We got a nice goal by Ally (Thoman)
in the second half, then we clamped down only allowing a few chances by
them to finish out the game,“ Pitts added.
The win also avenges a 4-2 loss to NEB earlier this season for the Lady Wildcats.
The Lady Panthers took lead about 8 1/2 minutes into the game on a goal by Lizzie Gorsline, off an assist from Keirra Thoman.
6:19 remaining in the first half, Ally Thoman fed a ball over NEB’s
back line, and sophomore Addy Wheeler collected it, and with three
defenders on her heels, fired a shot into the back of the net to tie the
game at 1-1.
With 26:51 remaining in the contest, Ally Thoman
rocketed a shot from about 15 yards out into the net to give the Lady
Wildcats a 2-1 lead.
NEB had a 9-5 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 4-0 edge in corner kicks.
Senior Karlee Bartlow recorded six saves in net for the Lady Wildcats.
“Pink Out for Sarah Reid” is played annually to honor Sarah Reid, a
2012 Athens Area grad who was killed in a car accident in the fall of
The game has been every year since 2012 and the Lady Wildcats have an 11-0 record in those games.
“I know Sarah would of been proud of the girls tonight as they played hard in her honor,” said Pitts.
Athens, now 7-6-1, returns to action Saturday morning when it hosts Montoursville.