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Montoursville girls defeat Jersey Shore 11-0

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Montoursville's Lydia Earnest, left, is congratulated by team mates after her score with 17:23 in the first half.

If you glance at the shot chart for Wednesday night’s game for Montoursville, there weren’t many spots that the Warriors weren’t firing from. Near the 6-yard box, inside the 18, outside the 18, down the sidelines, near the goal line.

If Montoursville’s players got a chance to fire, they didn’t hesitate.

The Warriors rifled off 21 shots on goal — 37 shots in total — en route to a 11-0 win against Jersey Shore at Memorial Stadium on a rainy night.

“When the kids play with energy and play together and combine with each other, they’ve been very successful all year of scoring,” Montoursville coach Vic Gorini said. “Other than the last game, we’ve been very good offensively. It’s just a matter of kind of getting the finishing touch and capitalizing on those opportunities when we play those close games where we only get one or two good shots.”

Montoursville (4-1) scored twice in the first 7 minutes, 29 seconds of the game when both Lily Saul and Madison Moll found the back of the net against Jersey Shore (0-4). Saul put the Warriors ahead, 1-0, when she scored toward the left post. Less than a minute later, Moll was fed a pass from Saul and scored.

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Jersey Shore's Madison Moll and Montoursville's 10 battle for control of the ball in in the first half.

With 17:23 to play, Earnest got a loose ball from just outside the 6 and managed to fire a shot inside the left post to build Montoursville’s lead to 3-0. Just 17 seconds later, Saul got the ball and took a shot at the 18 toward the right post to make it 4-0 heading toward halftime.

Montoursville had six players score in during a constant rainstorm Wednesday night.

“Our depth is good. We don’t drop off a whole lot no matter who we put in. They keep up the energy and level of play. We’re really pleased with them as a group and just play hard for each other,” Gorini said. “That’s our motto all year: ‘play hard for each other,’ and they seem to embrace it. So far, so good. We’ll have some tough games down the road where we’ll have to be cleaner with our style of play, but we’re happy with where we are.”

First-year Jersey Shore coach Ben Comfort knew coming in that the Warriors had a lot of depth and would be an extremely tough team to beat.

“Montoursville’s a really good team, they move the ball. They would sub four, five, six girls at a time and never really miss a beat. Kudos to them, they played an outstanding game. They were just better than us today. That’s all I can really say,” Comfort said. “My girls put forth good effort. I’m proud of them for not giving up and we got some girls some experience that might not normally be out there and hopefully that will build for the rest of the season.”

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Jersey Shore goal keeper Gracie Welshans tips the ball away in the second half.

Earnest ended with a game-high four goals, three of which she scored in the second half in the first seven minutes. Jillian Irion scored twice and Carlie Bryant scored Montoursville’s final goal.

Earnest’s three second-half goals put Montoursville up, 7-0, to put the mercy rule running clock into play. Bennett made it an 8-0 lead with 24:32 to play before consecutive goals by Irion built the lead to 10-0 with 5:59 left.

Bryant scored with 3:35 remaining in the game.

While Jersey Shore didn’t record a shot on goal, goalie Gracie Welshans made some really solid saves throughout the game, including one two minutes into the second half that Montoursville tried to sneak into the left upper 90. But Welshans managed to get her fingertips on it as it bounced out into the field of play.

“Gracie’s a very good goalkeeper. She’s kind of taken a beating so far this season, but she’s made some outstanding saves,” Comfort said. “She’s very good with her decision making. I can’t say enough about how well she’s played so far for us.”

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Jersey Shore goal keeper Gracie Welshans dives for the ball for a save in the second half.

Jersey Shore’s Piper Wagner made a great defensive play midway through the first half that prevented Jersey Shore from scoring again. Montoursville’s Irion got the ball near inside the 18 and had a 1-v-1 look with Welshans, but Wagner closed in and managed to clear the ball away before any shot attempt could be made.

Montoursville 11, Jersey Shore 0

M-Lily Saul, 33:12. M-Madison Moll (Saul), 32:31. M-Lydia Earnest, 17:23. M-Saul, 17:06. M-Earnest, 37:13. M-Earnest, 35:05. M-Earnest (Moll), 33:26. M-Natalie Bennett, 23:32. M-Jillian Irion, 10:05. M-Irion, 5:59. M-Carlie Bryant, 3:35.

Shots: JS 0, M 21. Corners: JS 1, M 8. Saves: JS 10 (Gracie Welshans), M 0 (Anna Baylor, Kierstyn Dawes).

Records: Jersey Shore (0-4), Montoursville (4-1).

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Montoursville's Lydia Earnest blocks out Jersey Shore's 24 in the first half.

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