MILLER, POST NET HAT TRICKS; ATHENS ROUTS TOWANDA, 9-1

MILLER, POST NET HAT TRICKS; ATHENS ROUTS TOWANDA, 9-1

September 26, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Junior Korey Miller had three goals and two assists, and senior Brayden Post also had a hat trick to pace Athens in a 9-1 rout of Towanda here Monday night in NTL boys soccer action at Alumni Stadium.

Post scored an unassisted goal just 27 seconds into the contest to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead, then scored again, off a feed from Miller, about 20 1/2 minutes later to make it 2-0.

Miller notched his first goal, off an assist from sophomore Marco Quiros, with 1:57 remaining in the half to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead, which it carried into the halftime break.

Post, off a feed from Miller, scored just 81 seconds after the intermission to finish off his hat trick and give Athens a 4-0 lead.

Miller scored off an assist from senior Levent VanHelden about 6 1/2 minutes later to extend the lead to 5-0.

Jack Wheaton put Towanda on the board with 28:34 remaining in the contest, closing the gap to 5-1.

Senior Caleb Hunsinger scored the first of his two goals two minutes later to make it 6-1.

Miller finished off his hat trick with 14:22 left in the contest, and junior Mitch Hamilton and Hunsinger capped the scoring in the final 5 1/2 minutes.

Athens had a 23-3 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.

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

Athens, now 7-5, returns to action Wednesday at Williamson.

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ATHENS DROPS 5-1 DECISION TO POWERHOUSE CORNING

ATHENS DROPS 5-1 DECISION TO POWERHOUSE CORNING

September 24, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Corning scored three goals in the final 23 minutes, including two in the closing minutes, to blow open a close game and win a 5-1 decision over Athens here Friday night in non-league boys soccer action at Alumni Stadium.

After nearly 39 minutes of scoreless soccer, Corning’s Carter Rosno, who netted a hat trick for the Hawks, scored with 1:03 remaining in the first half.

Corning’s Jackson Casey made it 2-0 less than two minutes into the second half.

Junior Korey Miller put the Wildcats on the board with an unassisted goal with 29:30 remaining in the contest, but Rosno scored about 6 1/2 minutes later to push the lead back to two goals, at 3-1.

Rosno scored again with 4:45 remaining, and Colton Loeber tacked on the final tally for the Hawks with 1:02 remaining.

Corning had a 19-4 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 7-0 edge in corner kicks.

Athens, now 6-4, returns to action Monday at Towanda. Game time is 6 p.m.

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ATHENS HANDS NEB FIRST LEAGUE LOSS, 5-0

ATHENS HANDS NEB FIRST LEAGUE LOSS, 5-0

September 21, 2022 Tim Birney

ROME, Pa. — Sophomore Marco Quiros netted a first-half hat trick as Athens handed Northeast Bradford its first NTL boys soccer loss, a 5-0 decision here Wednesday afternoon.

Athens (6-3) overall improves to 5-1 in league play, while NEB (4-2) is now tied with Williamson (5-2) at 4-1. Wellsboro sits atop the NTL standings at 7-0.

“It took us a little while in the first half to get settled in,” said Athens coach Jake Lezak. “NEB has some good midfielders who were tough to handle all game, but especially early on.

“Once we started passing and creating, moving the ball forward it just came together for the boys,” he noted. “We created a lot in the second half and just didn’t put it low and away from there keeper.

“The boys played a good defensive game with guys getting in and behind where we needed them,” added Lezak. “We still have to work hard at staying consistent for 80 minutes, regardless of who is in, but we are narrowing that gap.”

Quiros, off a feed from senior Levent VanHelden, scored with 24 minutes remaining in the first half, and the Wildcats scored four more goals in the next 13 minutes.

With 22 minutes remaining, junior Korey Miller, off an assist from sophomore Isaac Wilcox, scored to extend the lead to 2-0. Two minutes later, Quiros scored off an assist from Miller to make it 3-0.

With 15 minutes remaining in the half, Quiros finished off his hat trick, with VanHelden getting the assist.

Four minutes later, senior Brayden Post capped the scoring, with Miller credited with an assist.

Athens had a 14-3 advantage in shots-on-goal, while NEB had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

Senior Grady Liechty had three saves in net for the Wildcats.

Athens returns to action Friday when it hosts powerhouse Corning.

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OPPORTUNISTIC ATHENS RALLIES TO EDGE HORSEHEADS, 2-1

OPPORTUNISTIC ATHENS RALLIES TO EDGE HORSEHEADS, 2-1

September 19, 2022 Tim Birney

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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MIDD-WEST PUTS ATHENS AWAY IN SECOND HALF

MIDD-WEST PUTS ATHENS AWAY IN SECOND HALF

September 17, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Midd-West pumped in four second-half goals to blow open a close game en route to a 5-0 non-league win over Athens here Saturday afternoon in boys soccer action at Alumni Stadium.

“It was a good first half from the team, but a poor second half,” said Athens coach Jake Lezak.

“We have to be a better team and kill the dribble, and put the other teams back line under pressure,” noted Lezak.

“Poor transition led to the second and third goals after we failed to pass early and lost possession.
 
“I think the biggest issue we have is trusting each other against the better opponents,” added Lezak. “The boys have to take ownership of their own mistakes first then we can improve.”

Owen Solomon made a run down the right-side of the box, and fired a shot across the goal mouth inside the net at the far post with 15:08 remaining in the first half for the only goal prior to the halftime intermission.

Athens senior keeper Grant Liechty made a pair of diving saves in the first half to keep the score at 1-0.

Kyle Ferster and Noah Romig scored in the opening minutes of the second half to give the Mustangs a 3-0 lead.

Romig and Solomon tacked on goals in the final 15 minutes to provide the final margin.

Midd-West had a 11-3 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.

Liechty recorded six saves in net the for the Wildcats.

Athens, now 4-4, hosts Horseheads Monday at 6 p.m.

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UNBEATEN WELLSBORO EDGES ATHENS, 2-1, IN OVERTIME

UNBEATEN WELLSBORO EDGES ATHENS, 2-1, IN OVERTIME

September 14, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — There are few things guaranteed in life, but one of them is the fact that when the Athens and Wellsboro boys soccer teams square off, it’s going to be a hard-fought and tightly-contested game, and it will have league title implications.

Wednesday evening proved to be no different as unbeaten Wellsboro scored an overtime goal to hand Athens its first NTL loss of the season, a 2-1 decision here at Alumni Stadium.

The Hornets improve to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in NTL play, while Athens is 4-3 overall, and 4-1 in the NTL.

Wellsboro standout Jack Poirier put the Hornets on the board, off a feed from Sam Rudy, midway through the first half.

The Hornets maintained the lead until Athens senior Brayden Post, off a feed from senior Levent VanHelden, scored with 11:44 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 1-1.

Caden Smith, off a feed from Poirier, provided the game-winner for Wellsboro with 2:41 remaining in overtime.

Wellsboro had a 12-8 advantage in shots-on-goal, while Athens had an 8-7 edge in corner kicks.

Senior Grant Liechty recorded five saves in net for Athens.

Athens returns to action Saturday when it hosts Midd-West in non-league action.

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POST LEADS ATHENS IN 3-1 WIN OVER GALETON

POST LEADS ATHENS IN 3-1 WIN OVER GALETON

September 10, 2022 Tim Birney

GALETON — Senior Brayden Post scored a pair of goals to lead Athens to a 3-1 win over Galeton here Saturday night in NTL boys soccer action.

Post scored his first goal with 22 minutes remaining in the first half to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead, but the Tigers scored 12 minutes later to send the game into the halftime intermission at 1-1.

With 16:28 remaining in the contest, Post scored again to make it 2-1, and senior Levent Van Helden, off a feed from junior Korey Miller, tacked on an insurance goal about two minutes later.

Athens registered a 10-2 advantage in shots-on-goal and had a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. The Tigers did not have a shot or a corner kick after the intermission.

Senior Grant Liechty had one save in net for the Wildcats.

Athens, now 4-2 overall and 4-0 in league play, hosts Wellsboro Wednesday in a key NTL match-up.

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ATHENS EDGES NP-LIBERTY, 1-0

ATHENS EDGES NP-LIBERTY, 1-0

September 7, 2022 Tim Birney

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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ATHENS DROPS PAIR OF DECISIONS AT MONTOURSVILLE TOURNAMENT

ATHENS DROPS PAIR OF DECISIONS AT MONTOURSVILLE TOURNAMENT

September 3, 2022 Tim Birney

MONTOURSVILLE — Athens dropped a pair of close decisions here Saturday to finish fourth at the Montoursville boys soccer tournament.

The Wildcats gave up a goal late in a 2-1 loss to Montoursville in the opening game, then dropped a 2-0 decision to Benton in the consolation game.

Montoursville 2, Athens 1
Montoursville scored late in the game to pull out a 2-1 non-league win over Athens here Saturday morning in the opening round of the Montoursville Tournament.

After a scoreless first half, Mason Winslow scored about 2 1/2 minutes into the second half to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

The Wildcats knotted the game midway through the second half. Senior Levent Van Helden headed a throw-in from junior Korey Miller to senior Brayden Post, who found the back of the net to make it 1-1.

With 5:12 remaining, Wyatt Fry, off a feed from Winslow, scored to give Montoursville a 2-1 lead.

Montoursville had a 9-2 advantage in shots-on-goal, and an 8-4 edge in corner kicks.

Senior Grant Liechty registered eight saves in net for the Wildcats.

Consolation Game
Benton 2, Athens 0

Benton scored a pair of second-half goals in a 2-0 win over Athens in the consolation game of the Montoursville Tournament.

After a scoreless first half, Benton scored just 76 seconds into the second half to take a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers added a penalty kick with 9 minutes remaining to seal the win.

Benton had a 9-1 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 10-2 edge in corner kicks.

Liechty recorded seven saves in net for the Wildcats.

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MILLER, VanHELDEN LEAD ATHENS TO 5-0 WIN OVER NORTH PENN-LIBERTY

MILLER, VanHELDEN LEAD ATHENS TO 5-0 WIN OVER NORTH PENN-LIBERTY

September 1, 2022 Tim Birney

LIBERTY — Junior Korey Miller scored a pair of goals, and senior Levent Van Helden doled out two assists, and tallied one goal to lead Athens to a 5-0 win over North Penn-Liberty here Thursday afternoon in NTL boys soccer action.

The Wildcats got on the board about 6 1/2 minutes into the goal on an own goal by the Mountaineers. Junior Dash Bishop was credited with the goal.

With 18:12 remaining in the first half, Miller, off a feed from Van Helden, gave Athens a 2-0 lead with a shot into the back of the net.

With 5:48 left in the half, Van Helden put his name in the scoring column, with sophomore Matt Driesbaugh getting credit for the assist. The Wildcats led 3-0 at the half.

Miller, again off a feed from Van Helden, gave the Wildcats a 4-0 advantage in the 55th minutes.

Sophomore Brayden Onofre put the finishing touches on the win to make it 5-0 with 5:42 remaining in the game.

Athens had a 6-2 edge in shots-on-goal, and an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Grant Liechty had two saves in net for the Wildcats.

Athens, now 2-0, returns to action Saturday at the Montoursville Tournament.

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ATHENS RIDES BIG FIRST HALF TO SEASON-OPENING, 6-1, WIN OVER TROY

ATHENS RIDES BIG FIRST HALF TO SEASON-OPENING, 6-1, WIN OVER TROY

August 31, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens scored five goals in a dominant first half on its way to a 6-1 win over Troy here Wednesday evening in NTL boys soccer action.

Senior Brayden Post scored just 38 seconds into the contest to give the Wildcats a quick 1-0 lead.

Junior Korey Miller scored about three minutes later to give Athens a 2-0 lead. Alex Campbell was credited with a safe.

Just 30 seconds later, Levent VanHelden scored an unassisted goal to put the Wildcats up 3-0 five minutes into the contest.

Freshman Marco Quiros, a transfer student from York, Pa., scored off a feed from VanHelden to make it 4-0 with 12 minutes remaining in the half, and VanHelden capped the first-half scoring off a feed from junior Mitch Hamilton.

With 26:45 remaining in the contest, Hamilton scored an unassisted goal to extend the lead to 6-0.

Brady Spalding put the Trojans on the board with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the contest.

Athens had a 12-2 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 6-5 edge in corner kicks.

Senior Grant Liechty had one save for Athens, while Ethan Cole had 10 saves for Troy.

Athens returns to action Thursday at North Penn-Liberty.

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