Muncy girls roll to win over Neumann
Muncy freshman Aleaha Bigelow has speed and she can turn it on in a second when she gets a chance. It only took her 42 seconds to exhibit that at Samuel W. Metzger Memorial Park on Thursday afternoon against St. John Neumann.
In just 42 seconds, Bigelow took a ball down inside the corner of the 18 and fired a great shot to the left post for the early goal, and the goals just kept coming throughout the game. Muncy rolled to a 13-3 victory over St. John Neumann on Thursday to improve its playoff chances with the season winding down.
“That was what we wanted was to get one quick. That kid, she’s always on the ball. Super fast on the ball,” Muncy coach Kyle Bowen said. “It is (tough to defend her). There’s a few defenders who can … but yeah, she’s a tough one to watch for.”
Bigelow added her second goal four minutes after her first goal. Muncy (8-5) scored five goals in the first 17 minutes of the game to take a commanding 5-0 lead before St. John Neumann’s Shayna McNamee finally put the Golden Knights (0-16) on the board to make it a four-goal deficit.
For the Indians, Bailey Bowen ended the day with three goals, including a nice one in the second half off a free kick by Bigelow.
Due to a very low roster size, Neumann and its opponents have to play 9-on-9 games instead of the traditional 11-on-11. And doing so causes a larger field and for the Golden Knights, that can create problems trying to defend against teams, especially fast players like Bigelow.
“That was very difficult obviously. We have nine (and) we’re still dealing wtih injuries and it gets to point where it’s just too much space on the field for us to cover when other team has speed,” St. John Neumann coach Chris Vanaskie said.
McNamee scored her second goal with roughly 20 seconds remaining in the first half when she took a breakaway down to the very end of the field and let go of a great shot to the left post for a goal that made it a 9-2 game at the half.
Muncy had 10 players record a goal in the win, as a lot of younger and JV players got experience to step in and get varsity time.
“It was a good game. I give them a lot of credit for playing with nine players. Goalkeeper (Addy Matz) is good, No. 17 (Shayna McNamee) is good, lot of credit to them for giving it their all,” Bowen said of Neumann. “Can’t say anything but positive things about that Neumann team. As far as our girls, (they) played well, just asked them to play good give-and-go soccer and they moved the ball well, moved the ball fast and gave everybody a chance to play, JV players as well.”
About midway through the first half, Muncy scored twice in a 30-second span, when Alivia Artley and Emily Krah scored to put Muncy ahead 8-1.
In the second half, Neumann scored its final goal when Gabby Lisi got it inside the 18 and fired her shot to the left post to cut the deficit to 10-3. But Muncy would tack on another three goals in the final 13 minutes, including one by Abby Edkin with one second to play as she made a great sliding shot to the left post that just snuck in for the 13-3 lead.
The Indians held a 37-9 shots on goal advantage. While the Golden Knights lost, St. John Neumann goalkeeper Addy Matz did set a personal milestone in the game by recording her 500th career save. With her 29 saves on Thursday, it puts Matz at 523 for her career, just 20 shy of tying the school’s all-time record held by Patrick Roman?(543).
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M-Aleaha Bigelow (Alivia Artley) 39:12. M-Bigelow (Emma Bigelow), 35:00. M-Ashlynn Fowler (Artley corner), 27:44. M-Stephanie Casale (Bailey Bowen), 24:41. M-Bowen, 23:20. SJN-Shayna McNamee, 23:02. M-Bowen, 21:33. M-Artley (Emma Bigelow), 18:05. M-Emily Krah (Artley), 17:34. M-Jamie Sterner, 11:30. SJN-McNamee, 0:20. M-Rebecca Dgien (Makenna Snyder), 37:32. SJN-Gabby Lisi, 22:16. M-Kat Ebner (Bowen), 13:40. M-Bowen (Bigelow), 2:13. M-Abby Edkin (Dgien), 0:01.
Shots: M 37, SJN 9. Corners: M 10, SJN 2. Saves: M (Makenna Snyder 0, Ashlynn Fowler 6) 6, SJN (Addy Matz) 29.
Records: Muncy (8-5), St. John Neumann (0-16).