By: Tim Birney | | October 1, 2022 | Photo courtesy Matt Patton


ATHENS — Junior Korey Miller had a career day, scoring four goals in the first half to lead Athens to a 4-1 win over Northeast Bradford here Saturday morning in NTL boys soccer action to cap off a successful Homecoming Weekend.

Miller scored his first three goals in less than five minutes to put the Wildcats up 3-0 with 29:53 remaining in the half.

“We played a great game today,” said Athens coach Jake Lezak. “The boys moved the ball well and created opportunities on goal.

“Korey (Miller) had an incredible game today,” added Lezak. “He was a workhorse on offense.”

Miller’s first goal came when he collected a loose ball in the box following an Athens corner kick, and drove it into the back of the net with 34:18 remaining in the half.

Just 30 seconds later, Miller took a feed from Mitch Hamilton and drove a shot from close range to make it 2-0.

Nearly four minutes later, Miller again beat the keeper to complete his hat trick.

With 6:25 left in the half, Miller poked the ball between the legs of a defender in the box, stepped around him, and beat the keeper with a hard shot to make it 4-0.

Athens had a 9-2 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.

Senior Grant Liechty had two saves in net for the Wildcats.

Athens, now 8-5-1, returns to action Thursday at Troy.


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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).