The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 25, 2013

Jon Gerardi's high school soccer column: Southern Columbia avenges losses


The Lancers jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but Mackenzie Clark had a game-tying goal with 11:40 to play and gave the Tigers a shot in OT.

Bzdak and Clark combine for nearly half of Southern Columbia's 31 goals this year, but the Tigers can spread the ball around to a variety of players.

"It's real nice because it takes a little bit of the pressure of those two as well," Stine said.

While some teams would like to avoid having to play back-to-back double-overtime games, the Tigers shook off the consecutive 100-minute contests like a cobweb.

"We didn't think about it that much, about how tired we might've been," Bzdak said. "We had a light practice and watched film from last year (on Central Columbia) to kind of get mentally ready since we just had an exhausting game (against Loyalsock)."

The team came out anything but flat on Saturday, shutting out Central Columbia, 3-0.

Clark opened the scoring just 3 1/2 minutes in before Haley Levan scored just over halfway into the first half to help Southern cruise to the redeeming win.

"We were just taking it one game at a time. Thinking back to last year and thinking about how they were the only three we lost to and playing them all in a row, we were definitely expecting a challenge, but we were taking it one and at a time and making sure we weren't looking too far ahead and making sure we had our attention at the game ahead," Bzdak said.

One-at-a-time is the approach Southern's taken all year en route to an 8-0-1 start, and it's safe to say that's the approach they'll use as the season rolls on.

n Jon Gerardi covers high school soccer for The Daily Item. Email comments to Follow him on Twitter at

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