Millionaire girls attack their way past Shore
Through the first 20 minutes or so, Williamsport coach Scott McNeill saw that Jersey Shore’s defenders were doing a good job sticking with the Millionaires’ speedy forwards and midfielders. But McNeill knows they have the speed to wear teams down if they get a chance. It’s no secret the Millionaires are fast.
And sure enough, over time that’s what started happening.
After those first 20 minutes, the Williamsport forwards and midfielders started getting a step on the Bulldogs’ defenders and as halftime got near, they kept getting more and more chances to get by them.
“That’s just part of what we do. We try to wear people down with all the attack and our attack and driving backs further and further back,” McNeill said.
That speed by Williamsport and constant pressure helped Williamsport earn a 4-1 win over Jersey Shore on the Millionaires’ Pink Out Night at the Balls Mills Soccer Complex on Tuesday night.
Just 12 minutes into the game, Williamsport got a shot thanks to Katie Penman putting pressure on a Jersey Shore defender, getting a loose ball and turning around and sending it to the far post for the early 1-0 lead.
The Millionaires then put in two goals in a 49-second span late in the second half when Sammy Reeder and Aaryka Goodwell both scored, respectively, to go ahead 3-0 with 13:20 to play in the first half.
“They move off the ball really well. They got confused in middle and Williamsport is a good team. They play well, they’re a good team,” Jersey Shore coach Rita Alton said.
Goodwell assisted on Reeder’s goal that made it a 2-0 lead when she got the ball down just inside of the 18 and send a great cross to her right when she saw that Reeder was open. Goodwell then less than a minute later took a shot from inside of the 18 that she sent just inside of the far right post for the 3-0 lead.
The Millionaires had two chances in the final five minutes of the first half to put in another goal when Reeder had two nice chances to score, but Jersey Shore goalie Hannah Kauffman came up with a snag on one shot and the other went just high over the crossbar.
Williamsport possessed most of the night and rarely gave Jersey Shore chances to get things going offensively. The only shot the Bulldogs had was off a penalty kick in the final four minutes. Aside from that, the Millionaires didn’t allow a single shot.
“We couldn’t ge the connection between the midfield and offense and this is a young team,” Alton said. “I have about 13 freshmen. It’s a building year.”
Williamsport’s Hannah Lewis put the Millionaires ahead, 4-0, when she was sent a cross from Reeder just outside of the 6-yard box and drilled a shot to the near right post for the goal.
Maddie Maihle converted her penalty kick for Jersey Shore with 3:41 to play, sending a shot to the right just past Williamsport goalie Lila Vogelsong to prevent being shut out at Williamsport.
“Lila had to come off her line a couple times in the first half, but the golden rule is no shots, no corners, no goals,” McNeill said of only allowing the one shot on a penalty kick to the Bulldogs. Jersey Shore also had no corner kicks.
Williamsport kept pressuring Jersey Shore throughout the second half before Lewis scored her goal with 12:17 to play. With 14 minutes remaining, Goodwell got the ball on an indirect kick and rifled a great high shot, but sent it just narrowly over the crossbar.
Penman had a chance to put in a second goal twice in the first 20 minutes of the second half, but both times sent a shot just wide.
W–Katie Penman, 28:47. W–Sammy Reeder (Aaryka Goodwell), 14:09. W–Goodwell, 13:20. W–Hannah Lewis (Reeder), 12:17. JS–Maddie Maihle (penalty kick), 3:41.
Shots: JS 1, W 14. Corners: JS 0, W 5. Saves: JS (Hannah Kauffman) 9, W (Lila Vogelsong) 0.
Records: JS (3-12), Williamsport (11-4)