Loyalsock girls miss too many opportunities vs. East Juniata

Allie Pagana was attempting to become the second Loyalsock Lancer this week to score her 50th goal and be known as one of the elite soccer players in Lancer history. Matt Hibbs of the boys soccer team scored his 50th goal earlier in the week. Pagana wouldn’t be as fortunate.

Loyalsock had many chances but couldn’t finish those chances as it fell 2-0 to East Juniata Saturday night at Loyalsock.

“We beat ourselves tonight,” said Loyalsock coach Ben Comfort. “You can’t miss four breakaways and then have one mistake in the back and expect to win games against good teams. We didn’t capitalize on our chances and I warned the girls at halftime if we don’t step it up they’re going to find a way to score.”

Pagana had multiple chances to score her 50th but she just couldn’t find the back of the net. Her closest goal came in the 52nd minute as she shot from the right side of the goal and it looked like she just scored but the ball just rolled wide left of the goal. Every time Pagana had a chance the crowd stood and cheered, but they might have to wait until Tuesday night to see Pagana make history.

East Juniata might have surprised a few people coming in because of the lack of knowledge about the team. They might not surprise many more teams with a quality win like this.

The Tigers scored two second-half goals and made the most of their oppurtunities, especially Amber Knouse. Knouse scored both second half goals for the Lady Tigers. The first goal coming in the 59th minute as she went right through the middle of the field to give East Juniata a 1-0 lead. She would strike again in the 67th minute as both teams were bunched together in the box and somehow Knouse came out with her second goal. The goal came on an assist by McKayla Goodling.

But East Juniata possibly wouldn’t have come out with the win if it wasn’t for the great defense and goal keeping. Brooke Kitting, Chelsea Leister and Noel Smith all played great defense to help get Lydia Hunter the shutout. Hunter only had to make two saves in the win.

East Juniata head coach Lori Goodling credits her defense and goal keeping for putting together a complete-game effort.

“We struggled to put a whole game together in the last few games,” said Goodling. “Tonight they came out, they stepped up, they battled hard. I thought they kept their composure and they’ve done all the things we asked them to do.”

But East Juniata wasn’t the only team to have a good defense Saturday night. The Loyalsock defense was once again great and made it very difficult for the Tigers to score. The defense was led by sweeper Ally Kennedy who played the whole game and was dominant from start to finish.

“She’s playing well back there,” said Comfort. “I’ve got an Ally at the back and an Allie at the top and their kind of our bookends they hold the team together and they’re both good senior leaders. She’s solid back there and I couldn’t ask anymore of her.”

E-Amber Knouse (unassisted), 59, ?-Krouse (McKayla Goodling), 67.

Shots on goal: EJ-9; L-3. Corner kicks: EJ-6; L-8. Saves: EJ-2; L-7. Goalies: East Juniata (Lydia Hunter); Loyalsock (Lauren Rude).

Records: Loyalsock 6-4-2; East Juniata 7-4 Next game: East Juniata vs. Juniata (Wed.); Hughesville at Loyalsock (Tue. 7)