Mill’s 50th goal highlights Burke tourney

Sometime’s there’s only so much you can fit into a game story.

The annual Stanley E. Burke Memorial Soccer Tournament kicked off this past Saturday, and in the first-round game between the Montoursville girls and Mansfield a nice milestone was set, and it only took about five minutes to happen.

Montoursville star Carly Mill was a force against Mansfield recording a hat trick early on. And while that was nice enough in itself, Mill recorded her 50th career goal in the process, currently sitting at 52 on the season.

“That was one of her goals of the year. She achieved it and she had a hat trick in about three minutes (Saturday) morning, so something she came out very motivated and showed as a senior her talents on the field,” Montoursville coach Vic Gorini said after the Warriors claimed the tournament championship. “We hope to get her back soon because she means a lot to us. She was real proud. She has some big goals this year.”

“I was ecstatic to get it. (It’s a) huge honor having my team beside me. (It’s) a big accomplishment,” Mill added.

Mill hurt her ankle during the final against Lewisburg on Saturday, but was walking around and seemed to be fine.

A NICE START: There were probably some area fans who were quite surprised to see the Milton boys soccer team in the Burke tournament final. And they were even more shocked I’m sure to not only beat Montoursville in it, but blank them.

After a disappointing 2013 season, the Black Panthers are off to a 2-0 start this year, and not simply that, but also posted back-to-back shutouts in the Burke tournament, defeating Sullivan County, 6-0, in the first round before beating Montoursville, 3-0.

“I think defense and the whole line back there (was solid). We got two freshmen back there, so we’re trying to groom them a little bit,” Milton coach Brian Hunter said. “The biggest thing for them is we’re working on communication: they got to be able to talk back there. … (I was) really excited to see (goalie Parker McDowell) got that shutout today.”

McDowell posted just one shutout in all of 2013, and has two through as many games this season.

POSITIVE IN A LOSS: Lewisburg’s returners from last year know it isn’t how you start the year, but how you finish, that matters.

The Green Dragons had a bit of a rollercoaster season in 2013, finally clinching a district berth late in the year. And while long-time coach Jose Vega wouldn’t have minded winning the Burke tournament this past weekend, he knows a solid team like Montoursville is a good indicator to see how his team is looking.

“We competed, we tried, we didn’t give up,” Vega said. “I’m taking a lot of positives (away from this). Second game of the season against a good team like Montoursville; I’m pleased with the way we battled. We didn’t quit.

“It’s a learning process like I tell the kids. You’re coming out of preseason and (an) easy game this morning, then we tried to prepare mentally and Montoursville is a team that played very well defensively. They’re a tough team to break down.”

MONTOURSVILLE?BOYS?A?SOLID?TEAM: Rich Marriott may have stepped down after 20 years coaching the Warriors, but don’t expect it to mean Montoursville will not be competitive. The Warriors rolled over Montgomery, 6-0, in the first round of the Stanley Burke tournament and while they lost to Milton, Montoursville played solid in the first half, holding the Black Panthers to just three shots on goal by halftime.

Pau Gabernet scored half of Montoursville’s goals in the first game, including adding an assist. Zach Bair, Noah Black and Dan Yeagle also all scored.

Don’t be surprised if you hear those names more often this year.

– Jon Gerardi is the assistant sports editor at the Sun-Gazette. Email comments to or follow him on Twitter @JonGerardi.