Wil­lis keeps scor­ing for IUP women’s soc­cer

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Bill Ar­se­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Peo­ple in the Penn­syl­va­nia State Ath­letic Con­fer­ence are start­ing to take no­tice of Ma­hogany Wil­lis and well they should be.

The In­di­ana Univer­sity of Pa. fresh­man from Pottstown (Owen J. Roberts) leads the Crim­son Hawks women’s soc­cer team in scor­ing with 16 points on eight goals. Four of her goals have been game-win­ner, which leads the PSAC and is tied for fourth in NCAA Di­vi­sion II.

Wil­lis, last fall’s Mer­cury All-Area Player of the Year who set the PAC sin­gle-sea­son scor­ing record, kicked off her col­lege ca­reer by scor­ing the game-win­ning goal in a 3-2 over­time vic­tory over Pitt-John­stown in a league test in John­stown. On Sept. 5, she scored both goals as In­di­ana up­set No. 19-ranked Slip­pery Rock 2-1 in an­other league game in In­di­ana. And, on Oct. 1, Wil­lis had two goals in­clud­ing the game-win­ner in over­time in a 3-2 non­league vic­tory over Salem in Glenville, W.Va.

“Ma­hogany brings a lot of youth and com­pet­i­tive­ness to the team,” coach Adel Heder said. “She has an at­tack­ing men­tal­ity and her first in­stinct is al­ways to go to goal. When she does get a chance in front of the net she is very calm and com­posed and has a nat­u­ral fin­ish­ing abil­ity.”

The coach said that Wil­lis has a nice touch on the ball, ex­cel­lent speed and never stops work­ing.

“The most im­por­tant thing as a for­ward is know­ing how to place a shot on goal rather than just kick it and Ma­hogany has a firm grasp and un­der­stand­ing of that con­cept,” Heder said. “She knows that even if she misses that she just needs to con­tinue shoot­ing and even­tu­ally that goal will come.”

IUP is 5-4-1 over­all and 3-4-1 af­ter the vic­tory over Salem.

LAU­REN HA­LEY (BOY­ER­TOWN) >> The 5-foot-8 sopho­more for­ward has ten goals for the Al­bright women’s soc­cer team and she picked up three of them in­clud­ing the game-win­ner in a 4-1 vic­tory over Hood on Oct. 2 in Fred­er­ick, Md. Ha­ley kicked off the sea­son with three goals, in­clud­ing the game-win­ner, in a 4-1 vic­tory over Mary­wood in a home game on Sept. 1 in Read­ing. The Lions are 8-1-1 over­all and 2-0-0 in MAC Com­mon­wealth play af­ter the vic­tory over Hood. This is Ha­ley’s first sea­son with the team. MARK FOR­REST (THE HILL SCHOOL) >> The Le­high se­nior was named Pa­triot League Of­fen­sive Player of the Week on Oct. 1 for his sec­ond honor this sea­son and the eighth of his ca­reer. For­rest, from Dou­glassville, had a goal and an as­sist in a 3-2 over­time non-league loss to Cor­nell Sept. 26 in Beth­le­hem. In a 2-1 over­time league vic­tory over Bos­ton Univer­sity on Sept. 29 in Bos­ton, Mass., he scored the first goal and as­sisted on the win­ner. For­rest cel­e­brated his honor by scor­ing the only goal in a 1-0 league vic­tory over No. 20-ranked Cor­nell last Wed­nes­day in Beth­le­hem. He leads the team with five goals, five as­sists and 15 points, the Moun­tain Hawks 6-4-1 over­all and 3-0-0 in league play. EM­I­LIE KUPSOV (OWEN J. ROBERTS) >> The 5-foot-5 ju­nior for­ward leads the Long­wood women’s soc­cer team in goals (four) and points (nine). She had a goal in a 2-0 vic­tory over Pres­by­te­rian on Sept. 29 and a goal in a 5-1 tri­umph over Hamp­ton last Wed­nes­day, both games at home in Far­mville, Va. Kupsov also had a goal and an as­sist in a 4-3 vic­tory over Howard on Sept. 2 in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Fresh­man de­fender Kylie Cahill (Owen J. Roberts) has two starts and played in eight games for the Lancers, who are 4-5-3 over­all and 2-1-2 in the Big South Con­fer­ence af­ter the vic­tory over Hamp­ton. MACKEN­ZIE GEBHARDT (UP­PER PERKIOMEN) >> The sopho­more scored her first goal of the sea­son to help the Blooms­burg women’s soc­cer team turn back Clar­ion 4-0 on Sept. 29 in Clar­ion. She scored by knock­ing home a re­bound. Gebhardt has played in all 10 games with six starts for the Huskies who are 7-2-1 over­all and in PSAC play af­ter a 3-0 tri­umph over Ship­pens­burg last Wed­nes­day in Ship­pens­burg. As a fresh­man, she started all 18 games and had five goals and an as­sist for 11 points.

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