Lady Cats Soccer Team Downs Keystone On Thursday, Finishes Third In Manfredo Tournament On Saturday (09/19/16)
(By Coach Chris Schonbachler)
Clarion v Keystone
On Thursday September 25th, the Clarion Area Lady Cat soccer team improved to 2-3 on the season with a 2-0 win over visiting Keystone. Freshman Lauren Troutman had a strong game for Clarion, scoring both Lady Cat goals. Courtney Schonbachler assisted on one goal with a pass through the Keystone defense that connected with Troutman. The second goal was a powerful well placed shot from 20 yards out. The Clarion defense, led by Hannah Phillips, put in a strong effort, limiting the Keystone offensive chances. Wendy Beveridge notched her first shutout of the season. The Lady Cat season continues when they host Redbank Valley on Tuesday, September 20th.
The Nini Manfredo / Dubois Central Catholic Soccer Tournament was played on Saturday Sept 17th. Six teams were invited to the event, Curwensville, DCC, Clarion, Redbank Valley, Punxsutawney, and Smethport. Clarion began the day with a hard fought loss to a talented DCC team. Alexa Kriebel found the back of the net with 2 minutes remaining in the game, but the Lady Cats soon ran out of time in the 2-1 defeat.
The girls rebounded an hour later with a dominant 5-0 win over Smethport. Forest Mills notched her first hat trick of the season, adding to the Lady Cat scoring were Alexa Kriebel and Courtney Schonbachler.
In the final match of the day, Clarion met up with Punxsutawney. The Lady Cats started off strong, maintaining possession of the ball for most of the first half. The Punxy defense limited Clarion’s scoring opportunities, until Forest Mills squeaked a shot past the Punxy goalkeeper, late in the 2nd half. Clarion held on for the 1-0 victory and a 3rd place finish in the tournament.
(Thanks to Coach Schonbachler for this article. Great job, Lady Cats!!!!)