The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 29, 2013

Girls soccer: Shikellamy jumps out early to beat Shamokin

By Jon Gerardi

The Daily Item

SHAMOKIN -- It was probably the look Shikellamy sophomore Mikayla Neff was hoping for.

She dribbled the ball to just in front of the goal box for a 1-on-1 with Shamokin goalie Brianna Martin.

Martin came out and was fully expecting a low shot by Neff, so she slid to stop it.

Neff timed it perfectly and, at the last possible second, tapped the ball up over Martin and to the far post for a beautiful goal with 14:26 left in the first half.

Shikellamy rode the momentum from Neff's goal the rest of the game, adding a third in the second half en route to a 3-1 nonleague win over Shamokin at Kemp Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning.

Shikellamy (6-5, 3-5 HAC-I) recorded three goals from three girls, as the Braves managed to spread the ball around with success.

"Having a lot of strength on offense rather than one person to look for is really benefitting us," Shikellamy coach Angela Sivillo.

Shikellamy broke open the game when senior Haley Bingaman fired a great shot from between the boxes to the far post just three minutes into the game.

The Indians (4-6, 1-4 HAC-II) made it a 2-1 game late in the first half when Danielle Reed made a fantastic heads-up play.

Shamokin's Gabriann Lahr had a 1-on-1 look with Shikellamy goalie Kaitlyn Harmon and rifled a shot to the center of the goal that bounced off Harmon and slowly was rolling out of bounds. That's when Reed hustled to the ball and fired a shot to the far post from just outside the goal area to cut the deficit to one.

While both teams had great looks in the first half, Shikellamy completely dominated the possession in the second half, firing 15 shots -- 10 on goal -- while the defense played stellar in not yielding a single shot on goal the entire second half.

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