The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Todd Stanford

November 16, 2011

Todd Stanford's soccer column: The best rivalry in District 4


The Defenders' Emily Potter went down with a head injury in overtime and didn't return. The Lancers' Cassaundra Soars came off the field after committing a foul on Alexa Muffly and had to have the blood flowing out of her mouth staunched. If these girls were boxers, you got the feeling that they all would have gladly sat on their stools between rounds and said (a la Rocky), "Cut the eye, Mick!"

"When we play, pretty much any game gets physical," Muffly said. "But Loyalsock has skill to go with that."

Appropriately enough, the game ended amidst a collection of bodies in the box. Mariah Campbell took a corner kick, and Sarah Grow somehow booted it through despite the fact that it looked like all 22 girls were packed together more tightly than a rugby scrum.

"We all went at it," Campbell said. "Both teams played very aggressively. … (Tonight) was now or nothing. We didn't want to go home."

Warrior Run has one more game this year. That will be Saturday at HersheyPark Stadium against Springdale for the state title. Their next game with Loyalsock? Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until next September for that one.

n Sports reporter Todd Stanford covers high school soccer for The Daily Item. E-mail comments to You can also follow him on Twitter at

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