Willis keeps scoring for IUP women’s soccer
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.