THOMAN SCORES FOUR TIMES; LEADS ATHENS IN 5-4 WIN OVER WYALUSING

THOMAN SCORES FOUR TIMES; LEADS ATHENS IN 5-4 WIN OVER WYALUSING

September 27, 2022 Tim Birney

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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ATHENS, TOWANDA PLAY TO 1-1 DRAW

ATHENS, TOWANDA PLAY TO 1-1 DRAW

September 22, 2022 Tim Birney

TOWANDA — Athens scored early in the game, but played more than 90 minutes without another goal in a 1-1 double-overtime tie against Towanda here Thursday evening in NTL girls soccer action.

“I thought after an emotional game on Tuesday (2-1 win over Wyalusing), we came out strong and got a goal early, then towanda battled well thru the first half to keep it that way,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts.

“In the second half, and especially in OT, we just continued to have chance after chance but could not get a goal,” Pitts added.

Athens is now 3-5-1 on the season, and had a 3-2-1 record in NTL play.

“I know our record doesn’t look fantastic, but I am so proud of the work these girls put in daily,” said Pitts. “We will fix it, as they were unhappy getting on the bus tonight.

“It’s how you finish the race, not how you start it, and I believe in them 100 percent,” added Pitts. “Adversity brings opportunity.”

Senior Ally Thoman scored on a rocket shot from 35 yards out that went off the keeper’s hands and into the net in the seventh minute of the game to give Athens a 1-0 lead it would enjoy for nearly 50 minutes.

With 15:49 remaining in regulation. the Lady Black Knights tied the score on a goal by Anna Dunn.
 
The two teams finished regulation, and two 10-minute overtime periods without another goal.

Athens had a 12-5 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Senior Karlee Bartlow had four saves in net for the Lady Wildcats.

Athens travels to Wyalusing Tuesday.

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ATHENS RALLIES IN SECOND HALF TO EDGE WYALUSING, 2-1

ATHENS RALLIES IN SECOND HALF TO EDGE WYALUSING, 2-1

September 20, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens scored a pair of second-half goals to rally for a 2-1 win over Wyalusing here Tuesday evening in NTL girls soccer action at Alumni Stadium, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Layla Botts, off a feed from Chloe Bennett, broke a scoreless tie with 7:04 remaining in the first half to give Wyalusing a 1-0 lead, which it carried into the halftime intermission.

About nine minutes into the second half, senior Ally Thoman drove a shot into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

With 11:06 remaining in the contest, sophomore Addy Wheeler took a cross from Kendra Merrill and knocked in a shot from 20 yards out to put the Lady Wildcats ahead 2-1.

Athens has an 11-10 edge in shots-on-goal, and a 7-6 advantage in corner kicks.

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

Athens, now 3-5, returns to action Thursday.

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ATHENS DROPS NON-LEAGUE GAMES TO BALDWINSVILLE, CICERO-NORTH SYRACUSE

ATHENS DROPS NON-LEAGUE GAMES TO BALDWINSVILLE, CICERO-NORTH SYRACUSE

September 17, 2022 Tim Birney

NORTH SYRACUSE — Athens dropped a pair of decisions over the weekend, falling to Baldwinsville and Cicero-North Syracuse — both Class AA programs — at the “North-South Challenge” here at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

Saturday
Baldwinsville 2, Athens 0

The Bees scored a pair of goals in a seven-minute span early in the first half, and then made it stand up in a 2-0 win over Athens Saturday.

“We played pretty well, especially in the second half,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts.

Adrianna Orlando scored about nine minutes into the game on a shot from 35 yards out to make it 1-0.

Nicole Pelletier put one in the net from 25 yards out about seven minutes later to make it 2-0.

Baldwinsville had a 10-3 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 2-0 edge in corner kicks.

Senior Karlee Bartlow had eight saves in net for the Lady Wildcats.

Sunday
Cicero-North Syracuse 4, Athens 0

The Lady NorthStars scored a pair of goals in less than three minutes, and dominated possession in a 4-0 win over Athens Sunday.

“We were a bit over-matched, but we battled until the end,” said Pitts.

Brianna Dorrance scored in the 23rd minute to give C-NS a 1-0 lead, and Emilee Rio tacked on another goal a little less than three minutes later.

Mya Jenkins and Chloe Tice added goals in the second half for C-NS to provide the final margin.

C-NS had a 20-2 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Bartlow had 16 saves in net for Athens.
 
Athens, now 2-5, hosts Wyalusing Tuesday.

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DEFENDING LEAGUE CHAMPION TROY BLANKS ATHENS, 3-0

DEFENDING LEAGUE CHAMPION TROY BLANKS ATHENS, 3-0

September 15, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Defending league champion Troy remained near the top of the league standings with a 3-0 win over Athens here Thursday evening in NTL girls soccer action.

The Lady Trojans (7-2 overall) improve to 4-1 in league play. NEB is 5-1, and Wyalusing is 3-1, while Athens falls to 2-2.

Saydi Renzo netted a hat trick to account for all of the Lady Trojans’ offense.

Renzo found the net about 3 1/2 minutes into the contest, and led 1-0 at the half.

Renzo added a goal with 27 minutes remaining in the game, and close out the scoring with 3 1/2 minutes left in the game.

Troy controlled the possession throughout the game, and had an 11-3 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 7-0 edge in corner kicks.

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

Athens, now 2-3, will play two games Saturday at the Cicero Tournament.

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ATHENS BOUNCES BACK TO BLANK NP-MANSFIELD, 4-0

ATHENS BOUNCES BACK TO BLANK NP-MANSFIELD, 4-0

September 13, 2022 Tim Birney

MANSFIELD —  Freshman Kaitlyn Sutton netted her second hat trick of the young season as Athens bounced back from a loss to Waverly Monday night with a 4-0 win over North Penn-Mansfield here Tuesday afternoon in NTL girls soccer action.

“It’s a nice bounce-back from (Monday) night,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “We scored two early in each half, which allowed me to use the full bench and tinker with the lineup and formation.

“Now, we focus on the defending champs on Thursday,” added Pitts in reference to the Lady Wildcats’  home game against Troy Thursday.

Sutton put Athens on the board 3 1/2 minutes into the game when she collected a rebound off the keeper’s hands and knocked it into the net.

In the 16th minute, Sutton took a through-ball from junior Mya Thompson, and beat the keeper in a 1-v-1 to make it 2-0.

Senior Ally Thoman fielded a pass over the back line from sophomore Emma Yohe, and beat the keeper 1-v-1 to make it 3-0 just 61 seconds into the second half.

Sutton finished off her hat trick 3 1/2 minutes later when she punched a rebound off the keeper into the net to make it 4-0.

Athens had a 16-4 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.

Senior Abby Chapman recorded four saves in net for the Lady Wildcats.

Athens improves to 2-2 on the season.

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WAVERLY BLANKS ATHENS, 2-0

WAVERLY BLANKS ATHENS, 2-0

September 12, 2022 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Junior Lea VanAllen delivered a pair long second-half goals to lift Waverly to a 2-0 win over crosstown rival Athens here Monday night in non-league girls soccer action at Memorial Stadium.

“This game was a true test for us,” said Waverly coach Tara Hogan.

“I thought the girls played a really tough match,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “We battled right to the end, had our chances in the second half, but just couldn’t convert.”

The majority of the first half was spent in the Athens defensive end, but the game went scoreless into the halftime intermission.

“We were happy with the way the girls started the game,” said Hogan. “In the first half, our forwards — Kiley Stillman, Addy Westbrook, and Ryleigh Judson — were playing their positions well and put a lot of pressure on their defense right from the start.”

VanAllen took a feed from 8th-grader Mackenzie Olmsted, and fired a hard, low shot from 25 yards out into the corner of the net just 2 1/2 minutes into the second half to give the Lady Wolverines a 1-0 lead.

With 22 minutes remaining, VanAllen, off a feed from senior Kennedy Westbrook, and bent a shot from outside the right hash from 28 yards out over the keeper’s outstretch hands, and into the net to make it 2-0.

Hogan also credited her defense, which allowed just two shots-on-goal, for its part in the win.

“We tried Claire Clonch in goal tonight and she did not disappoint,” she said. “She has seen time in goal before, but hasn't played there much for us.  She really stepped up and was a strong presence on the field.

“We also switched up our starting defensive line with Kennedy Westbrook being shifted back,” noted Hogan. “We wanted to scope out Athens before we really started to push up.

“I continue to sing our defenders’ praises,” she continued. “They — Kennedy, Paige Robinson, and Olivia Robinson — with the help of Makenzie Olmsted as sweeper, are just so smart and incredibly reliable. Nothing gets past them and if they do, they are phenomenal about covering for each other.  

“And, Makenzie Olmsted is such a force and is everywhere she needs to be to support all the lines,” added Hogan. (Assistant coach Berent) and I are very proud of the girls never quitting and for playing a smart, strong game.”

Pitts said his team will benefit from the loss.

“However, we tried some new things and I like what we learned as a team,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the rest of the week.

“Thanks to Waverly for having us, they were a good match up that we needed at the right time,” added Pitts.

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

Senior Karlee Bartlow had six saves in net for Athens, while 8th-grader Clare Clonch had two saves for the Lady Wolverines.

“Karlee Bartlow had the best game of her young career,” said Pitts. “I’m super-proud of her.”

Waverly, now 3-0, hosts divisional rival Notre Dame Wednesday night, while Athens (1-2) travels to North Penn-Mansfield Tuesday.

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NORTHEAST BRADFORD RALLIES PAST ATHENS, 4-2

NORTHEAST BRADFORD RALLIES PAST ATHENS, 4-2

September 8, 2022 Tim Birney

ROME, Pa. — Athens scored twice early, but Northeast Bradford shut them down the rest of the way and rallied for a 4-2 win here Thursday afternoon in NTL girls soccer action.

The Lady Wildcats scored on two of their first three shots-on-goal, with senior Ally Thoman putting the Lady Wildcats on the board a little more than six minutes into the game.

Sophomore Addy Wheeler made it 2-0 just 9 1/2 minutes later.

NEB’s Kayleigh Thoman scored twice in a nine-minute span to tie the game at 2-2 with 7:52 remaining in the first half.

Alena Beebe scored just 50 seconds later to give the Lady Panthers the lead for good, at 3-2.

Melanie Shumway tacked on an insurance goal midway through the second half for NEB.

Athens had a 20-19 advantage in shots-on-goal in the contest.

Karlee Bartlow had 15 saves in net for the Lady Wildcats.

Athens, now 1-1, travels to NP-Mansfield Tuesday.

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THOMAN, SUTTON LEAD ATHENS TO SEASON-OPENING, 6-3, WIN OVER WILLIAMSON

THOMAN, SUTTON LEAD ATHENS TO SEASON-OPENING, 6-3, WIN OVER WILLIAMSON

September 1, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Senior Ally Thoman scored a pair of first-half goals, and freshman Kaitlyn Sutton netted a hat trick in her first varsity game to lead Athens to a season-opening, 6-3, win over Williamson here Thursday afternoon in NTL girls soccer action at Alumni Stadium.

“I thought we had a bit of a slow start, then all of a sudden we played Athens soccer,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts.

“I was happy with our voice and how we moved the ball on possession,” he noted. “Our build up and play on the offensive final third showed how much we work on it in training. We were very clinical in our goals with great movement on and off the ball.

“Defensively, we played well with three new starters,” he continued. “A few scary moments, one that cost us a goal but the four of them worked their way into the game, and fixed the issues that gave them trouble as the game progressed.

“I like our front six offensively, and think we have some real quality with six goals by three different players,” added Pitts.

Thoman started off the scoring with a breakaway goal 10 minutes into the contest, Williamson answered with a breakaway goal of their own about 6 1/2 minutes later to tie the game at 1-1.

Thoman scored again with 18:42 remaining in the half, off an assist from Kendra Merrill to give the Lady Wildcats a 2-1 lead.

Junior Emma Yohe made it 3-1 about six minutes later, off a feed from Sutton.

Sutton notched her first varsity score with 11:06 remaining on an unassisted goal from 25 yards out to give Athens a 4-1 lead at the half.

Sutton connected again from 25 yards out, this time on a direct kick with 33:45 left in the game, to make it 5-1.

Williamson closed the gap to 5-2 with 14:30 remaining, but Sutton completed her hat trick nearly 6 1/2 minutes later to extend the lead to 6-2.

The Lady Warriors scored in the final minute to provide the final margin.

Williamson had a 13-10 edge in shots-on-goal, and an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Senior Karlee Bartlow registered nine saves in net for Athens.

The Lady Wildcats return to action Thursday at Northeast Bradford.

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