TURBOTVILLE - Loyalsock didn't have a shot on goal until the 62nd minute of the game and Warrior Run had 6 at that point.
But the Lancers only trailed by a goal thanks to great defense and goal keeping before scoring twice in the final 18 minutes to beat Warrior Run 2-1 Monday afternoon..
The goals were scored by freshman Myriah Saar off an assist by Allie Pagana at 62:46, and the game winner was scored by junior Angie Cardillo at 75:44 on a breakaway.
Allie Pagana puts a header over Warrior Run’s Sarah Grow (1) and Madison Bennett (24) Monday at Warrior Run. View additional photos at cu.sungazette.com.
But the stars of the game weren't the goal scorers, they were the defense and freshman goalie Maddy Antonacci, who got her first career varsity start and stopped eight shots in the win.
Ally Kennedy, Jessi Burdett, Jaimee Soeller and Nicole Dougherty all played stellar defense against a dangerous Warrior Run offense. The defense time and time again made crucial tackles, got in front of shots and made big clears. If one player got beat the other was there for help.
Possibly the biggest tackle of the game was by Dougherty on the right sideline when a Warrior Run player got the ball and raced down the sideline for a one-on-one match up. But Dougherty slid in and made a possible game saving play at the 70th minute. Howeer, she suffered a shoulder injury on the play and did not return.
"Kudos to my defense and my freshman keeper who's never played in a varsity game before," said Loyalsock coach Ben Comfort. "The team as a whole played well defensively, all eleven of them that were on the field, it was a good effort."
But above all the great efforts by the Loyalsock defense and Antonacci, a forward was the best player on the field Monday night for the Lancers. The player was senior captain Allie Pagana.
Pagana was all over the field, winning headers in the midfield, shutting down opposing players on defense or making things happen on offense, Pagana did it all.
"She's kind of like our engine right now," said Comfort. "She's like the little engine that could, she's everywhere. Defending corners, defending free kicks, getting in and behind defenders offensively, she's doing it all, she's winning headballs, I can't say more about her."
Pagana never tired out or gave up and she is one of the main reasons why Loyalsock won.
Warrior Run played a great game, but they couldn't stop Loyalsock in the final 18 minutes. Warrior Run played great defense and had many oppurtunites but it couldn't finsh enough shots. The Defenders, led by Chloe Eisenhuth and McKenna Beyer, were very aggresive and a very skilled team. In the first half, Warrior Run was dominating time of possesion.
The ball was on the Loyalsock side of the field the majority of the half. But all their missed oppurtunities hurt the Defenders. They had 20 total shots and only eight came on goal. Warrior Run's lone goal came at the 12:02 mark and was netted by Laura Bastian on a penalty kick.
L-Myriah Saar (Allie Pagana), 62:46, L- Angie Cardillo (unassisted), 75:44; W-Laura Bastian (PK), 12:02.
Shots on goal: L-3; WR-8. Corner kicks: L-1; WR-13. Saves: L-8; WR-1. Goalies: Loyalsock (Maddy Antonacci); Warrior Run (Madi Welliver).
Records: Loyalsock (4-3-2); Warrior Run (5-3) Next game: Loyalsock at Jersey Shore (Wed.)