Pagana scores 50th for Loyalsock girls in win over Hughesville
In her second game with 49 goals, Allie Pagana was battered, bruised and wanted to score her 50th goal and just get back to team soccer. She did just that.
Pagana netted the go-ahead goal to give her No. 50 for her career and give the Lancers their seventh win on the year as it defeated Hughesville 2-1 Tuesday night at Loyalsock. Pagana’s goal came at the 23:54 mark on a great stop and go move that averted two Hughesville defenders.
Pagana became the second Lancer in the last week to score her way into the 50-goal club. Matt Hibbs of the boys soccer team scored his 50th goal last Tuesday in a 6-2 win over Hughesville.
Coming into the game Pagana was fully aware that she was only one goal away from history, but she didn’t expect it to happen this game.
“I wasn’t really expecting it,” said Pagana. “My goal is to kind of just like, I don’t really think about it. I wanted to get it but I kind of just had to let it past me because it’s a team sport and everyone needs to play together.”
Injuries were a big part of this game as Pagana is battling a bruised thigh, teammate Ally Kennedy is battling a groin injury and Alonna Soars and starting goalie Bailey Powell are both out for the year with torn ACLs.
But Loyalsock coach Ben Comfort just keeps finding players to plug in.
“It was a good effort, I think both teams played pretty well,” said Comfort. “I think we’re both dealing with some injuries right now, we have four or five starters out. But the next girl is ready to go.”
But injuries just haven’t hurt the Lancers. Possibly the biggest injury in this game came from the Hughesville side. Brittany Snyder suffered a broken collarbone a few games ago and is now out for the year. Snyder was possibly the Spartans’ best player as she was just a couple of goals away from scoring her 50th.
Hughesville at times struggled on offense and could have used Snyder’s scoring ability. The Spartans’ lone goal was scored by Michelle Mostowy at 5:37 to give her team an early 1-0 lead. But the Hughesville offense only managed two more shots on goal after that. The defense played well for the Lady Spartans as it shut out the Lancers in the second half.
The defense was led by Emily Eck and Ali Montgomery and they made it hard for Pagana and company to score. The offense came out aggressive in the second half and controlled the ball but it couldn’t find the back of the net.
The Lancer defense also played very well. The defense was again led by stand out sweeper Ally Kennedy and wing Nicole Dougherty. But they got help from younger players like Hayli Springer, Jessi Burdett and Hannah Zurich.
Loyalsock also got help from freshmen forwards Myriah Sarr and Rhiannon Jessel. Sarr scored the Lancers first goal to give her two goals on the year.
“She (Sarr) had a big goal at Warrior Run,” said Comfort. “It just goes to show you following shots, you never now, that’s a goal-scorers goal right there.”
Pagana has had plenty of those in her career.
L-Myriah Sarr, 13:26, L-Allie Pagana, 23:54; H-Michelle Mostowy (unassisted), 5:37.
Shots on goal: H-3; L-5. Corner kicks: H-4; L-4. Saves: H-3; L-2. Goalies: Hughesville (Allison Russell); Loyalsock (Lauren Rude).
Records: Loyalsock 7-4-2; Hughesville 5-6
Next game: Loyalsock at Mifflinburg (Thu.); Southern Columbia at Hughesville (Thu.)