By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT -- It was all but too easy for East Juniata, both the boys and the girls soccer teams, on Tuesday afternoon at Loyalsock Community Stadium.
And while wins may have come easy for both, for the girls squad it was a huge sense of relief. For the past few seasons, the East Juniata girls failed to do what the boys squad made look as simple as their scoring: win a district playoff game.
The boys have won more than a few District 4 playoff games -- try three straight titles -- while the girls haven't been able to win one.
On Tuesday afternoon though, the girls finally won a district game with a 9-0 blowout win over Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech.
"Coming in districts, the past few years we haven't been able to make it over the first hump. To have just done that, it means a lot and it really does give us a lot of confidence (going into the next round)," East Juniata senior Kayla Hoke said. "Being my senior year, it just makes it all the better. It's just an amazing feeling."
Hoke scored two straight goals for the Tigers against CMVT early in the first half. Before the Rams knew what hit them, the rout was on. McKayla Goodling scored just 1:27 into the first half before Autumn Dressler added a second goal less than two minutes later.
"That's awesome (scoring that fast). Gives you a good start, makes them feel more pumped and they were ready to go hard and strong," East Juniata girls coach Lori Goodling said.
The East Juniata girls put the mercy rule into effect with 17:35 to play in the first half and only allowed two total shots in the blowout, only one of which was on goal late in the game.