The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 26, 2013

Girls soccer: SC Tigers avoid upset with late goal


With time running out on its season, East Juniata found its opportunity on a corner from the right side with five minutes left. The corner was headed wide as Southern pressed its defense tight to prevent a ball from sneaking through.

McKayla Goodling sprinted to the loose ball, dribbled and passed through traffic to a waiting Amber Knouse, who controlled the ball and beat Southern goalie Abbey Herr to tie the game at one.

After a series of close calls in a game in which Southern outshot East Juniata, 25-7, Southern broke a scoreless tie with 14:33 left in a game seemingly destined for extra time between two talented teams.

Madelyn Stabinski sent a cross on the ground to the right post for a close play as Alyssa Stavinski and Hunter approached the ball at the same moment. As Hunter slid for the ball, Stavinski deflected the ball to the other post and Christina Podpora finished her shot with the ball in the back of the open net.

While the goal was the first of the game, both teams had chances early to pull ahead in a scoreless first half. With 12 minutes left in the first period, a corner nearly resulted in a Southern goal as a header was traveling to the near post before an East Juniata defender and Hunter combined to keep the ball away from the crease. Knouse also had a chance early for East Juniata off of a pass from Goodling but the ball sailed over the crossbar, although Knouse and Goodling found their connection in the second half.

Stine added that he told his players at halftime that the win was theirs for the taking and his team responded with two goals late.

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