South girls fall to Millville

BLOOMSBURG – The difference between the last time South Williamsport played Millville to Tuesday night’s meeting was simple according to Mounties head coach Elizabeth Deljanovan.

“Credit to them, they played a lot better than they did the last time,” the coach said.

South Williamsport shut out the Quakers in the previous meeting, but couldn’t slow down the Bower sisters last night in the District 4 Class A semifinal, as Millville defeated the Mounties, 4-0.

“We weren’t able to pull it together today,” Deljanovan said. “Last time we were able to put a plan in and we executed it perfectly. Tonight we couldn’t.”

The Mounties (14-5-2), who played a pair of overtime games to reach the district semifinals, still have an opportunity to reach the state playoffs with a victory in the district consolation game on Thursday against Troy at a site and time to be determined.

“We don’t have time to mope over it,” Deljanovan said. “If they want their season to continue this is one of the things that comes with maturity. They have to shake off a loss like that to be able to move forward.”

Millville (18-3) earns a state playoff berth and will play HAC-II champion Southern Columbia on Thursday for the district championship.

The Quakers and Mounties, HAC-III rivals, were playing for the third time this season. South also conceded four goals in the first meeting, a 4-2 loss, before holding the Quakers scoreless in a 2-0 win during the regular-season rematch.

Madison Bower broke Millville’s scoreless drought against South in the 14th minute. After South’s defense did a good job of keeping most of Millville’s shots from beyond the 18-yard box, Bower snuck inside the goal box and scored past a screened Kelsey Gantz after her initial shot deflected off a South defender and landed right back at her feet.

Miranda Young, who nearly opened the scoring for South off an excellent cross from Jen Jackson minutes before Bower’s goal, had a second scoring opportunity with 17:48 left in the first half but she could never get a solid foot on the ball before Millville keeper Madison Henrie aggressively came sliding out to deflect the ball far enough away.

Just 35 seconds from half, Millville delivered a second goal as Maci Bower headed a ball past Gantz who attempted to clear away the pass from Hannah Temple. Maci Bower collided with the ball and Gantz, leaving the South side disheartened as it went to halftime down two instead of one.

“That was unfortunate for the momentum,” Deljanovan said. “We were hanging tight at a 1-0 game and then all of sudden they are up two.”

Maci and Madison Bower connected on a give-and-go early in the second half to allow the Quakers to take firm control of the game. Madison delivered the pass and Maci the final touch into goal, for her second score of the contest.

With 2:08 remaining, the two sisters switched roles with Maci slipping a through ball to Madison who sped past the South backline and calmly finished for the 152nd career goal for the LaSalle-bound senior.

“We re-adjusted at halftime and thought we did a little better at generating a little more offense in the second half but unfortunately sometimes there is just no stopping those girls.”

M – Madison Bower, 26:24; M – Maci Bower (Hannah Temple), 39:25; M – Maci Bower (Madison Bower), 43:36; M – Madison Bower (Maci Bower), 17:52.

Shots on goal: SW – 7, M – 12. Corners: SW – 2, M – 8. Saves: South Williamsport (Kelsey Gantz 8); Millville (Madison Henrie 7).

Records: Millville 18-3; South Williamsport 14-5-2.