By Matt Michelone
For the Mirror
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg women’ soccer coach Dave Soellner knew that the Plum Woman Mustangs may rating in droves, beating some opponents on some nights by a dozen targets.
“We modified our formation going into this sport as a result of I’ve checked out their field scores, I’ve seen they’re in a position to rating,” he stated. “We tightened up the defensive facet, so I knew we weren’t going to get a number of alternatives.
“As soon as they scored on us, obtained two in, we went again to our common formation and have been in a position to get one in in the direction of the top.”
The Woman Mustangs struggled within the first half, however scored 3 times in a span of 12 minutes because the WPIAL runnerup topped the Woman Tigers, 3-1, within the PIAA Class 3A first-round matchup at Tiger Stadium Tuesday evening.
A lot of why Plum struggled within the first half was as a result of efforts of freshman keeper Natalie Foster who stopped seven photographs on aim.
“Natalie did a improbable job as a freshman coming in,” Soellner stated. “She has a very vivid future forward if she continues to work arduous. She battles with (Sophia Blescia) on daily basis, and I can see them getting higher. She regarded like a senior at occasions doing her stuff within the field.”
The Woman Mustangs, although, broke via the forty eighth minute — and ultimately the forty ninth — on markers from Ava Waleski to take a 2-0 lead. She later assisted Kaitlyn Killinger on a rating to make it 3-0.
“We had good execution within the first half, we had a number of probabilities, they only didn’t go in,” Plum coach Jamie Stewart stated, “(Foster) made some good saves, we missed them. We simply talked about settling down; We made a few tactical adjustments, moved a few individuals round and also you noticed what occurred.”
The Woman Tigers broke the shutout with about 20 minutes to go as Abby Bell put away Lauren Stevenson’s feed to chop the deficit to 2.
Tuesday evening marked the ultimate sport for seniors Natalie Despot, Lizzie Johnson, and Paige Woods. Soellner is happy with the legacy the category leaves behind as they end their tenure as the newest class to win 4 straight district titles.
“This group of seniors has nice management, they’ve nice wits of the sport,” he stated. “They’re strolling out of right here with 4 medals identical to final yr’s group has. That units the tone for the subsequent group. The teammates reply effectively to them, and that’s all I can ask.”
Plum will now flip their consideration to Mechanicsburg on Saturday following its 3-2 victory in double extra time towards St. Hubert’s on Tuesday.
There was a household connection within the sport. Mustang senior Julia Gildea is the niece of Hollidaysburg Space Faculty District Superintendent Dr. Bob Gildea.
SCORE BY HALVES
Plum 0 3 – 3
Hollidaysburg 0 1 – 1
First Half: No scoring
Second Half: 1,) P – Weleski (unassisted), 47:32; 2,) P – Weleski (unassisted), 49:17; 3,) P – Killinger (Weleski), 4,) H – Bell (Stevenson), 59:54.
Data: Plum (20-2-1), Hollidaysburg (13-6).