Lady Warriors slay Lady Vikes
MOUNT PLEASANT — The Mount Pleasant girls soccer team knew that Wednesday’s game against Penn Trafford would be a tough one, and the visiting Lady Warriors didn’t disappoint. Penn Trafford was on the attack from the second the first half began, eventually heading home with a 7-1 Section 1-AAA win. Alisha Moulton scored the team’s first goal just a minute and a half into the contest, and 16 seconds later, Nicole Mannella followed with the first of her four goals on the night.
“Unfortunately, that first goal was just so fluky. It was just sort of thrown at the pipe and hit the side of the post and went in,” Mount Pleasant coach Jerry DeFlitch said. “I think we were a little dazed, and they got the second one.”
DeFlitch noted that the Lady Warriors are “the class team in the section,” but he said if it hadn’t been for the quick start, he believes the Lady Vikings could have matched up a little better.
“I think we’d have been able to run a little bit with them if they didn’t get off to that fluky start,” he said.
But suddenly, Mount Pleasant found itself down 2-0, and things didn’t get any easier, as Penn Trafford kept the ball in the Lady Vikings’ end. Mannella got off a couple more shots, and Kristin Colley provided some great defense when Mount Pleasant crept close to goalkeeper Eileen Tiano’s net. Jill White was able to put together some offense, but Penn Trafford’s stifling defense headed her off as she charged toward the net.
The Lady Warriors got the ball back and headed into the Lady Vikings’ end, where Melinda Lieb kicked it past goalie Lauren Fearer. A few minutes later, Mount Pleasant’s Kaylin Chain cashed in on a goal kick, but Mannella scored again on a pass from Shelly Teems to put Penn Trafford up 4-1 at the half.
The Lady Vikings came out on the attack in the second period, with Valerie Sibal taking a shot. Tiano made the sliding save, and she also stopped a shot from Stephanie Bruner seconds later.
Mannella had a little more luck at the other end of the field, putting in her third goal five and a half minutes into the half. Virginia Mihalko took the ball into Penn Trafford territory, but the team cleared it right back out and kept the pressure back on Fearer. She held off several shots, but Jennifer Lyman scooted the ball to Mannella, who seemed to have the magic touch. Lyman capped her night by scoring the Lady Warriors’ final goal of the game.
DeFlitch said Mount Pleasant is still a strong playoff contender.
“We’ve won the very tough games we’ve had to win so far. We need to win the next four, and I think we’ll pretty much guarantee ourselves a playoff spot,” he said.
The Lady Vikings (5-3, 5-5) will try to bounce back on Saturday at Greensburg Salem.