---- — By Marion Valanoski
For The Daily Item
ALMEDIA -- Revenge was on the minds of the East Juniata girls Tuesday, despite the fact they beat Loyalsock earlier in the season.
After all, it was the first round of the district playoffs, and the Tigers remembered losing to Loyalsock in the postseason a year ago.
So McKayla Goodling's goal went a long way as it lifted the No. 9 seed over the eighth-seeded Lancers, 1-0, in the District 4 Class A tournament at Central Columbia H.S.
"Beating Loyalsock earlier in the year certainly was helpful but 'sweet revenge' was on the minds of the players this time around," East Juniata coach Lori Goodling said. "This was a big win for us."
Each team took its turn running the field in the match's opening half. It wasn't until the 12:55 mark when, following a scramble in front of the net, Amber Knouse came up with the loose ball and found Goodling, who promptly blasted a shot past freshman Lauren Rude for the game's only score.
"We are not about who scores in the game," Goodling said. "If there's a time when someone can have that moment, seize the opportunity. Anytime the ball is in that 18-yard zone you must go after that chance and we did and scored."
The Tigers (11-7) also displayed great play in the net as Lydia Hunter was outstanding, staving off several would-be scoring attempts, including a direct shot by Angie Cardillo with 5:30 left in the opening half.
Loyalsock (10-7-2) had one excellent scoring opportunity in the second half as Myriah Saar got behind the defense and had Hunter out of position. Her shot sailed wide to the left and the Tigers' defense took over the rest of the way in securing the triumph, which puts the winners against top-seeded Southern Columbia.
"Southern certainly will be our biggest challenge to date but we have to go out and just play," Goodling said. "Our goalie is growing with confidence each time out and had some great saves (Tuesday), and Amanda Weidner is great with her ability to disrupt her opponent and is a solid defender."
The Tigers held an 11-9 advantage in shots on goal, and Hunter finished with five saves for the shutout.