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September 29, 2013

Girls soccer: Shikellamy jumps out early to beat Shamokin

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Shamokin's only shots on goal the entire game were Lahr and Reed's shots in the first half.

Indians coach Matt Witmer declined to comment after the game.

"(The Braves) started out strong and then they got into a mentality where they were just losing control. That was our big talk at halftime," Sivillo said. "Just to have possession, keep control of the ball, have that patience and eventually a goal will come out of it. We just had to regroup and get that focus back for the second half. It worked out."

Paige Mancini came through in the second half for the Braves to get a big third goal and take the wind out of Shamokin's sails late. With 12:12 to play, she rifled a hard shot to the far post from about 10 yards out.

"To have that cushion we could relax a little more and not worry about them sneaking a goal in and playing overtime. It made me feel a lot better," Sivillo said with a laugh.

The Indians' play in the first half -- specifically the midfield -- forced Sivillo to make some adjustments.

"I told them at half to keep the ball out of the middle. That's where they were strong. They were marking us in the middle pretty tight, too," Sivillo said. "We were getting caught on the left a lot in the first half. Once we made those adjustments, it worked out in not getting shots off because a lot of them had a good shot on that other team. They played really well."

The Indians had two excellent opportunities to net a tying goal after Bingaman's opener.

Megan Kerstetter had a free kick roughly 30 yards out and had a great high boot, but it went a little right of the goal. About three minutes later, it was Michelle Bressi who had a great look from inside the 18, but she couldn't get a shot off in time as a Shikellamy defender deflected it away.

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