Tigers edge In­di­ans in girls’ soc­cer show­down

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ jschatz@ce­ci­whg.com

— A year af­ter fall­ing by the same score to the same op­po­nent, Ris­ing Sun flipped the script.

An­na­lia Webb found the back of the net mid­way through the sec­ond half to break a tie and de­liver the host Tigers a 2-1 vic­tory over ri­val North East in Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion girls’ soc­cer ac­tion on Wed­nes­day.

“Very pleased with the way the girls played to­day. They put to­gether some of the things we’ve been talk­ing


about all year against a qual­ity team like North East and a good coach, as well,” Ris­ing Sun head coach John Hart­nett said. “Didn’t have to do a lot of mo­ti­vat­ing to get the girls ready for tonight. They were ready to bring it, and I give them credit be­cause a lot of our girls played club all week­end and we just had a game last night against Har­ford Tech. Back-to-back games, so I have to give the girls a lot of credit. They played with a lot of heart tonight.”

With the score knot­ted 1-1 with un­der 18 min­utes to play, Webb re­di­rect a shot from Abi­gail Back­ert past In­di­ans keeper De­laney McDilda for the go-ahead goal.

Back­ert be­gan the play by drib­bling up the side­line be­fore angling a shot at the far side of the net. Webb, anticipating a re­bound, ad­mit­ted to plac­ing her­self in the right po­si­tion to take ad­van­tage.

“On the sec­ond-half goal, Ab­bie hit it in and it was de­flected and I knew it was com­ing to me. It was re­ally im­por­tant to cap­i­tal­ize be­cause there’s not that many chances to score when you play a good team,” Webb said. “I knew it was go­ing off the goalie. You al­ways have to be there for those de­flec­tions.”

Both teams scored in the first half, with North East’s Caro­line Roberts net­ting the equal­izer roughly six min­utes af­ter Back­ert recorded an unas­sisted tally to give the Tigers the early lead.

Roberts, who re­ceived a pass from team­mate Sarah Jones, nav­i­gated past a de­fender and scored to tie the con­test with 14:22 re­main­ing in the open­ing half.

“I think it was a good an­swer, for sure,” North East head coach Matt Roberts said. “That goal got our con­fi­dence back a lit­tle bit, and it was even un­til just down the stretch. It was im­por­tant for us to tie it up.

“I think we were caught on our heels a lit­tle bit to start the game. They were able to get some­body through and cap­i­tal­ized be­fore we re­ally knew what was go­ing on. Hat’s off to them for be­ing ready to go at the first whis­tle.”

Back­ert’s tally came on in the open­ing half.

“Any team likes an early goal like that. It al­ways feels good,” Hart­nett said. “It al­ways early

gives you that ex­tra con­fi­dence of ‘we al­ready put one in so we can con­tinue to do this for the rest of the game.’”

The win al­lows Ris­ing Sun (5-2-1 over­all, 4-0 di­vi­sion) to con­tinue its trek to­ward an un­beaten Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion record.

More im­por­tantly, it de­liv­ers the Tigers added con­fi­dence ahead of a pos­si­ble re­match with the In­di­ans (5-5, 3-2) in the up­com­ing 2A East Re­gion play­offs.

“I think it’s a huge con­fi­dence booster,” Webb said.

North East also gained con­fi­dence


Ris­ing Sun’s Abi­gail Back­ert, left, bat­tles North East’s Sarah Jones, right, dur­ing the sec­ond half of Wed­nes­day’s Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion girls’ soc­cer game. Aided by a goal from Back­ert, the Tigers pre­vailed, 2-1.

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