By: Tim Birney | AthensWildcats.com | September 19, 2022


ATHENS — Neither team managed many shots-on-goal in a defensive battle, but Athens made the more its opportunities, scoring on both of its second-half shots to pull out a 2-1 non-league win over Horseheads here Monday evening in boys soccer action at Alumni Stadium.

Horseheads scored late in the first half, and led 1-0 at the intermission.

With 13:32 remaining in the contest, sophomore Eli Benninger-Jones tied the game up with an unassisted goal.

About 10 minutes later, with 1:40 left in the contest, junior Korey Miller, off an assist from senior Levent VanHelden, scored the eventual game-winning goal.

The win snaps a three-game losing streak this season against non-league opponents.

Horseheads, which has now lost five straight, had a 4-3 edge in shots-on-goal, and a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Senior Grant Liechty recorded three saves in net for the Wildcats.

Athens, now 5-4, returns to action Wednesday at NEB.


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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).