By: Tim Birney | | September 27, 2022


WYALUSING — Senior Ally Thoman scored four goals to lead Athens in a come-from-behind, 5-3, win over Wyalusing here Tuesday afternoon in NTL girls soccer action.

“We played a great game for 80 minutes against a very tough team,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “I’m super-proud of how we buckled down second half and defended as a team brilliantly.

“I thought the back four and (keeper) Karlee (Bartlow) held it down, while we sorted it out in the first half,” noted Pitts. “Then, we really got in rhythm the second half offensively and put in two quality finishes.”

The first half was a shoot-out.

Addison Bly scored an unassisted goal about 2 1/2 minutes into the contest to give Wyalusing a 1-0 lead, but Thoman scored off a feed from sophomore Addy Wheeler just 46 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1.

About 5 1/2 minutes later, Thoman scored an unassisted goal from 25 yards out on a shot off the keeper’s hands to make it 2-1.

With 23:41 remaining in the half, Bly, off an assist from Olivia Haley, scored to tie the game at 2-2. About 7 1/2 minutes later, Haley found the back of the net to give the Lady Rams a 3-2 lead.

With just 1:39 left in the first half, Thoman scored on a direct kick that sailed over the keeper’s hands and into the side of the net to tie game at 3-3, which is where it stood at the intermission.

About 12 1/2 minute into the second half, senior Taylar Fisher collected a rebound in the box, and drove a shot into the side of the net to put the Lady Wildcats ahead, 4-3.

With 2:07 remaining in the contest, Thoman tacked on an insurance goal with a bender from the corner to extend the lead to 5-3.

Wyalusing had a 9-8 edge in shots-on-goal, while Athens had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Senior Karlee Bartlow recorded six saves in net for the Lady Wildcats.

Athens, now 4-5-1, hosts Northeast Bradford Saturday morning.


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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).