- Congratulations to Nikki Davis for Setting LV Girls All time Assist Record!
- Congratulations to Niiki Davis for being the first LV girl to have 50 goals and 50 assists!
- Congratulations to Coach V for his 100th career win!
LV loses 3 hard fought games to close out the season.
October 17, 2013
They knew it would be rough when they on the schedule that they were playing 3 games in 3 days. That was made tougher when they realized it was against 3 very strong teams; made tougher yet when they had some serious injuries in the first of the three games. Certainly no one could question their effort or their heart but they just didn't quite get it done in falling to Mt. Pleasant, Berlin, and Rockwood.
Monday's game against Mt. Pleasant started out very positive as the JV's eeked out a 1-1 tie. Jenna Deem scored the goal for the JV girls and Abby Salancy and Bekah Pleskovitch made a ton of great saves in the goal to preserve the win. Kenzie Elder and Brittany Finger helped anchor the JV defense.
Monday's varsity game was simply a case of running out of gas. LV played a very strong Viking team even for about 2/3 of the game and just couldn't go any longer. Injuries to Jess Anto and Emily Long didn't help matters and Mt. Pleasant superstar Jordan Toohey, whom LV kept in check in the first half, exploded in the second to lead them to a 6-0 win. Abby Salancy and Nicole Cramer were both very strong in defeat for LV.
Tuesday's the girls had to turn around and play a tough Berlin squad less than 24 hours after the Mt. Pleasant game. Without the use of starters Anto and Long, LV fell behind 3-0 in the first 20 minutes and it looked like it might be an ugly day. Thankfully, LV righted the ship and a Nikki Davis goal made it a 3-1 game with LV dominating the rest of the way and somehow nearly pulling out a big upset against the 13-3 Mountaineers of Berlin. Phebe Cornell and keeper Bekah Pleskovitch were great for LV in defeat as was defender Emmie Bucklen!
LV closed out their season Wednesday night with a senior night home game vs Rockwood. Seniors Phebe Cornell, Jenna Collins, Nikki Davis, Cait Michaels, Abby Salancy, Olivia Baird, Maria Plaza, and Shaniah Scribe were all recognized for their hard work and efforts towards the program. LV struck first when Davis played a beautiful ball to Salancy who finished and LV was ahead 1-0. Sadly Rockwood struck twice on flukey goals to go ahead 2-1. A penalty kick was then award to Rockwood which they converted for a 3-1 lead. It became a VERY physical game which has never been LV's strong suit and with it being their 3rd game in 3 days, it only made matters worse and LV got beaten up pretty good by the physical Rockwood squad. Nikki Davis got to close out her career with one more goal, 54th of her career, but the rest was unfortunately all Rockwood as they would cruise to a 5-2 win.
LV closes out the year 6-12. They return 7 starters and 11 letter winners next year as they look to head back to the playoffs. Davis will retire with her name all over the record books, with 54 career goals and 58 career assists!
A Champions Effort Falls Just Short for LV Against Altoona
October 9, 2013
After dropping a 6-1 decision to Altoona opening night that, admittedly, wasn't even that close, no one thought LV would stay competive Wednesday afternoon but they most certainly proved all the doubters wrong; they outshot Altoona 18-10, clearly had the better of possession and held the ball longer but, no goals against the run of play proved to be the difference in the 2-0 defeat.
Ligonier dominated early: the new attacking trio of Madie Glista, Nikki Davis, and Abby Salancy created countless chances, getting 7 shots on goal before Altoona got their first one but they just couldn't finish. Late in the first half Altoona would score on a free kick where LV keeper Bekah Pleskovitch was inadvertenly screened and couldn't see the ball and took a 1-0 lead into the break. The second half started out all LV, with both Davis and Salancy hitting posts but still unable to break through try as they might. With 10 minutes to play, Altoona took a long shot from 30 yards out that just snuck past Pleskovitch for the 2nd goal. Once again, a tireless effort by LV just couldn't produce any results in the goal and the 2-0 final stuck. In addition to names mentioned, defenders Phebe Cornell, Nicole Cramer, and Emily Long were rock solid for LV.
The JV's who lost a 6-0 decision to Altoona on 9/4, nearly came back from a 3-0 deficit and would fall 3-2. Trailing 3-0 at the half, LV got goals from Jenna Deem and Emma Ryan (each assisting on the other's goal to climb back to within 3-2 but could not quite find the tying goal. In addition to Deem and Ryan, Kenzie Elder was a rock solid shut down defender for the JV while Gabby Jablonski, Morgan McKnight and Anny Adams all played solid for the JV girls.
The girls are both back at it Monday with a JV/Varsity game at Mt. Pleasant.
Strong Performance Leads to Another Win for LV Girls Over Windber, Gilsta Streak Continues.
October 8, 2013
For the second game in a row, LV girls started strong from the first whistle and were able to put away an opponent early as they cruised to a 4-1 win over Windber.
Leading scorer Nikki Davis got things started just 4 minutes into the game as early LV dominance led to a goal when senior Jenna Collins won a free ball and played Nikki a pretty pass that she finished for the 1-0 lead. Davis struck again just 2 minutes later from a Madie Glista assist and it was 2-0. LV continued to dominate play throughout the first half. Midfielders Molly Horrell and Jessica Anto, along with Collins, did a great job winning balls and getting the ball forward to the attackers. LV would score a third goal when Glista got another assist- this time setting up Abby Salancy for a 3-0 LV advantage that they'd carry into the half. LV outshot Windber 15-4 in the first half.
The second half LV had the kickoff and would score one of the prettiest team goals Ligonier has ever scored. Taking just 26 seconds, 6 different LV girls touched the ball putting together 6 pretty passes without Windber touching the ball once- culminating in Nikki Davis playing a cross that Madie Glista one-touched past the keeper for a 4-0 lead. After this goal, LV got nearly all of their 33 girls in the game- resting many starters since they have a big game tomorrow with Altoona. Windber got on the scoreboard when they would finish a corner kick to give the 4-1 final. Bekah Pleskovitch made 14 saves in recording the victory for LV. Emily Bucklen and Brooke Sieminkewicz played strong games for the LV girls on defense. There was no JV game.
Madie Glista has now scored a goal in 5 consecutive games which ties Emily Daugherty for the 2nd longest streak in LV history with Emily Daugherty in 2009. Madie has a ways to go to match Maddy Grimm's record of scoring in 12 straight games which she accomplished last season.
LV's right back at it today with a tough matchup against Altoona, a AAAA powerhouse. If they can continue the momentum that's led to their 5-1 record in their last 6 games, they certainly could upset the mighty Lions!
LV Girls Very Involved, Successful with Miracles From Maggie Race.
October 5, 2013
15 LV girls soccer players and coaches,some of their families, and 10 LV boys soccer players and coaches took time off from the soccer field and entered the trail running course at Antiochian Village Saturday morning to support a cause very close to some LV soccer families: Miracles From Maggie (http://www.miraclesfrommaggie.org) .
When it was all said and done, Sophomore Molly Horrell won her age group (girls 15-19) as did Coach Gula (male 20-24)- both with very impressive times. Also on the "podium" were Coach V- placing second in his age group (male 35-39) and sophomore Madie Glista- placing third in her age group girls 15-19). Also getting up early and taking time out of their weekend to participate in this great event were Madee Lillicotch, Nicole Cramer, Emily Bucklen, Zoe Bergman, Cait Michaels, Nikki Davis, Jessica Anto, Mackenzie Elder and her family, Sarah Meade and her family, Kaylin Myers, Helene Bloom, Jenna Deem and her mother, and the entire Glista family.
LV Girls Cruise Over Johnstown; Davis, Coach V reach milestones.
October 3, 2013
Coach V challenged the LV girls to finally have a game where they can put a team away early and enjoy the. While they've had wins this year, they haven't had a single game where they took away all doubt from the first whistle. Today, they finally did that. Scoring in the first 26 seconds of the game and 3 times in the first 7 minutes, LV cruised to a 6-0 win. In the win Nikki Davis scored 3 times to make her the only Ligonier girl to have 50 career goals and 50 career assists and Coach Vogelsang earned career win number 100.
Davis scored the initial goal 26 seconds into the game on an assist from Molly Horrell for the early 1-0 lead. Jess Anto would score 2 minutes later on a Davis assist to make it 2-0. Davis scored her second goal of the name from a Cait Michaels assist and it was 3-0 just 7 minutes into the game.
Madie Glista continued her own streak scoring a goal in her 4th straight game with a blistering shot that hit side netting and gave LV a 4-0 lead, her goal was assisted by Davis. Jess Anto then set up DAvis for her third and record breaking goal to give LV a 5-0 lead at the half.
The second half began with LV letting some unsung heroes of the defense trying to score some goals. It worked finally when Nicole Cramer, when of the most admired unsung heroes of the team, scored her first ever goal off an assist from Emily Long for the 6-0 final. Bekah Pleskovitch recorded her 3rd shutout in 4 games stopping 4 shots.
In addition to the goal scorers, LV got great minutes from Anny Adams, Abby Salancy, and Madee Lilicotch.
LV's up next Monday with a tough match at home against Berlin.
LV Falls Short in Good Effort Against Strong Berlin Squad
October 1, 2013
LV/Berlin every single year seems to be a great battle. Even on years when Berlin's had down years or LV's had down years, the other seems to rise to the occasion. Today was no different. LV played with great heart throughout the game but ran out of gas late and had a hard time containing a powerful Berlin offense and would fall 3-1.
Berlin dominated early but could not score. Once LV got their offense going, they looked like the much better team and created countless chances, finally capitalizing when Nikki Davis celebrated her returning from injury with a pretty assist to Madie Glista to give LV the 1-0 lead. LV had many chances and two near misses minutes after that which would have totally changed the game, Davis and midfielder Zoe Bergman were the two who very nearly got first half goals. Berlin's superstar Gina Trulick finally broke through to tie the score at 1-1 late in the first half.
Berlin came out strong in the second half determined to win on their home field. LV matched them as best they could but their lack of size and physical play hurt them and Berlin slowly wore them down. Trulick would score again as would teammate Erica Craig and, despite a truly strong performance, a few little breakdowns led to the 3-1 final. Phebe Cornell and Nicole Cramer were strong defensively for LV in defeat. Bekah Pleskovitch performed admirably in goal, filling in for the still injured Helene Bloom stopping 21 shots!
LV has one day off before returning to action Thursday with a 5:00 game at Johnstown High School Stadium against the Trojans.
LV Holds on for 1-0 Win over Derry; now 3-1 in last 4 games.
October 1, 2013
On a day when LV was missing top scorer Nikki Davis and starting goalkeeper Helene Bloom, they managed to pull it together as a team and hold off a feisty Derry squad for a 1-0 win.
LV dominated possession all day long led by Jessica Anto, Madie Glista, and Jenna Collins. In the first half, Derry won more free balls which led to a few attacks that LV had to shut down. Derry's strong defense led LV to have trouble finishing their opportunities when they created them. In the second half, LV broke through when Glista finished a pass from Molly Horrell for what would end up being the game's only goal. LV centerbacks Phebe Cornell and Emily Long shut down the Derry attack all day long and Bekkah Pleskovitch filled in admirably for Helene Bloom, stopping 9 shots to preserve the shutout.
Bekah Pleskovitch jumping to make a great save on a free kick to preserve the victory!
The JV girls earned a little revenge and their own first win of the year. In the LV soccer shootout on 9/21, LV lost a 2-1 shootout to Derry in the JV consolation game. Today, however, LV dominated the JV game from start to finish and cruised to a 3-1 win. Jenna Deem would score 2/3 goals for LV- assisted by Madee Lilicotch and Anny Adams. Skylar Piper would score her first goal off an assist from freshman Kaylin Myers for the third LV goal.
The varsity is back in action today with what is always a hard fought contest at Berlin at 4:00.
7 Different Girls Score as LV Beats United
September 24, 2013
With leading goal scorer and captain Nikki Davis and starting goaltender Helene Bloom both sidelined with head injuries, there was a little worry that LV wouldn't have the easy win they normally do against an always hard-fighting United squad. Thankfully, several new stars emerged and, when it was all said and done, LV had just as easy a time as they did in the first matchup, winning by the exact same 9-0 score.
Jess Anto started the scoring for LV off a Cait Michaels assist to make it 1-0. Michaels then answered with a goal herself to make it 2-0. LV's 3rd goal of the half would a "highlight film" goal by Madie Glista and she's looked like the other Maddy to wear #24 (Maddy Grimm, LV's all time leading goal scorer) when she blasted a free kick from 30 yards away past the stunned United keeper.
The second half LV very quickly put the game away. Emma Ryan made the most of her first start by scoring twice in the first 10 minutes. Jenna Collins and Zoe Bergman both earned their first ever varsity goals in that same 10 minute span. Molly Horrell added her first of the year and Anto her 2nd of the game all within the first 10 minutes and it was 9-0 before the 2nd half barely got started. This allowed all 30 active girls to play and they still held United off the scoreboard. Bekkah Pleskovitch got the shutout in goal in her first varsity start, stopping 3 shots. In addition to the goal scorers, LV got great minutes from Phebe Cornell, Abby Salancy, and Emily Bucklen.
This is the lightest week of the year for LV as they are now off for 6 days before they play Derry next Monday 9/30.
New Pics From 2013 Posted In Photo Albums
September 24, 2013
New Pictures posted in photo albums link to the left under the album title "2013 pictures". Thanks to Erin Horrell for taking these great pics!
LV Girls Finish 2nd at Ligonier Tourney
September 23, 2013
Saturday at the 3rd annual Ligonier Valley Soccer Shootout, the LV girls had some good and bad spots, dealt with some good and bad weather, and had some good and bad results.
The opening game was the only game with nice weather and the brightest game for the LV girls of the day by far. A tight first half finished at 0-0 with LV having the better of play and creating more chances but just not finishing. Central Cambria could not LV back in the 2nd half as LV would score twice. The first goal was Abby Salancy pushing forward for a well deserved goal which deflected off a Central defender. It would remain 1-0 for about 10 more minutes when goalie Helene Bloom would leave with an injury after colliding with a Red Devil defender. This seemed to ignite the LV girls mindset as they would absolutely dominate the game the rest of the way. The 2nd and final goal would be scored when Nikki Davis played a free ball to Madie Glista who headed it past the goalie for the 2-0 final. In addition to the scorers, LV got great minutes from Jess Anto, Molly Horrell, and Phebe Cornell
Madie Glista finishing her "highlight film" goal from Nikki Davis's assist
The JV's lost a hard fought 1-0 decision to Central Cambria in their first game. Anny Adams, Skylar Piper and Kenzie Elder played well for the JV girls. In the second game, LV and Derry played to a 1-1 tie. Jenna Deem scored the goal for LV off a nice assist from Nicole Carney. Keeper Bekkah Pleskovitch was also strong for the LV girls.
The varsity had a rough time in their championship game of the tourney. At this point, the fields had been saturated with rain for several hours and it was a mess of a field. LV just couldn't ever get any flow going to their game and would fall by a 5-0 score. Jess Anto played very strong in defeat for LV.
LV's back at it Tuesday with a game against conference foe United at 4:00 at United.
LV Has Rough Time Against Experienced CT Squad
September 16, 2013
Unfortunately, Monday night in Davidsville, LV girls were not able to have a repeat performance of last year's shocking 4-1 upset of the Lady Indians. This year, it was sadly more like the previous trips as LV fell 5-0 to a very experienced, senior lader, Indian squad.
It was a relatively close first half where LV had many near misses including an apparent goal that never quite crossed the goal line and LV found themselves still in the game behind only 2-0. In the second half, the veteran Indian squad slowly pulled away from the younger Rams scoring 3 more times to win 5-0. Playing well in defeat for LV were Nikki Davis, Abby Salancy, Phebe Cornell, and Emma Ryan.
LV's back at it Thursday with a game at Hollidaysburg.
LV Loses 2OT Thriller vs North Star
September 13, 2013
This was the game they were waiting for. This is the level of play they knew they could achieve. This was the type of night they were hoping to have everytime they played. Yet, the hard luck LV girls, somehow still ended up on the wrong side of a 2-1 double overtime contest against North Star.
Emmie Bucklen defending the vaunted North Star attack- something all the LV attackers did a great job with all night in this game!
For the first time all year, LV was fired up from the first whistle. A talented North Star team gave LV everything wanted but this was a new LV team who answered the bell everytime. Numerous chances finally led to an LV breakthrough when Nikki Davis would score off an Emily Long assist and LV would take a 1-0 lead into the break. The second half was more exciting soccer the entire time. LV had a near miss on a penalty kick that could have put the game away. North Star tied the score with 12 minutes left in regulation on a corner kick and the game would head to overtime.
LV was dominant the first overtime with Jess Anto and Nikki Davis both with near misses on scoring opportunities. Sadly, early in the second overtime, North Star took advantage of a bad bounce and won the thrilling game.
All 4 LV defenders were rock solid: Abby Salancy, Phebe Cornell, Nicole Cramer, and Emily Bucklen. Emily Long and Emma Ryan also gave LV great minutes off the bench.
The JV's lost a 3-1 affair. Emma Ryan scored the lone goal for the JV's. Anny Adams, Kenzie Elder, Brittany Finger, and keeper Bekkah Pleskovitch were strong for the JV girls.
LV's back it Monday with a 5:00 start against Conemaugh Township.
Improved Play Even Without Improved Results: LV falls to Rockwood in Tight Game.
September 11, 2013
Unfortunately, after Tuesday's game was finished, all that mattered to the spectators and fans back at home was that LV now sits at 1-3 after 4 games following a 2-1 loss to Rockwood. But, anyone watching the game closely saw a real step in the right direction and much improved play from the LV girls, especially in the second half.
Rockwood scored first when they capitalized on an LV breakdown 15 minutes into the game and would take a 1-0 lead. LV's defense truly played much better than they have but unfortunately had one little breakdown that cost them. LV by the 2nd part of the first half truly had the better of play and created many many chances. LV would finally convert when Jess Anto played a pretty ball to Nikki Davis who scored her 6th goal of the year to tie the game at 1 which is where it would stand at halftime.
The 2nd half was back and forth with both sides generating many chances until finally, keeper Helene Bloom had a bad bounce when she came out for a ball and Rockwood capitalized for the 2-1 victory. Anto and Davis each had near misses in the final minutes but just couldn't convert. In addition to Davis and Anto, LV saw great minutes from Abby Salancy, Phebe Cornell, Brooke Sieminkewicz, Bloom, and Emma Ryan.
The JV girls lost a close 2-0 shortened game. Keeper Bekkah Pleskovitch was strong in defeat and Jenna Deem and Madee Lillicotch provided spark for the offense.
LV looks to put it all together Friday night with a matchup against North Star at home at 7:00.
LV Girls Pick Up First Win of Season, 9-0 vs United
September 9, 2013
Monday afternoon in their home opener, LV started great, slowed down a little, and just when everyone started to worry this may not be their year, exploded to put away conference foe United easily 9-0.
Literally 1 minute into the game, LV got on the board when Madie Glista played a pretty cross to Jess Anto for the 1-0 lead. LV then spent 27 minutes dominating play but unable to score: part of it poor finishing, part of it bad luck. Howeveer, LV ended the half on a 6 goals in 11 minutes tear to leave no doubt in the final score. Glista scored 3 of the 6 during that run to earn her first ever "hat trick" in her career. Nikki Davis scored twice during that span and earned 3 assists putting her over 50 career assists- first LV girl to ever do so. The 6th goal in that late first half run was scored by sophomore Madee Lillicotch- chesting a ball in off a corner kick. Glista earned two assists during that span and Zoe Bergman earned the last one.
Molly Horrell carrying the ball into the attacking 3rd against United
Davis started the second half by earning her hat trick- putting her now at 44 goals and 51 assists career as she works to become the first LV girl ever to get 50 goals and 50 assists. Phebe Cornell assisted on Davis's goal. At this, the benches were cleared and all girls got in the game. LV would score one more time when freshman Jenna Deem converted a penalty kick for her first career goal. In addition to the goal scorers, LV got good minutes from Emily Long, Morgan McKnight, Brittany Finger, and Emma Ryan. Helene Bloom and Bekkah Pleskovitch combined for the shutout in goal- making 1 save each.
LV's right back it Tuesday with an always tough clash at Rockwood.
LV Girls Fall 4-2 to Indiana, Davis sets all time assist record!
September 7, 2013
Last season, the LV girls played on a turf facility exactly 1 time in their 18 game season. Saturday they were on turf for the second time in as many games. Facing a young Indiana team, LV just couldn't get it going and lost a 4-2 decision they probably all wish they could have back as it was a game they felt they should have won.
Indiana scored the first two goals before LV would finally answer. Nikki Davis played a pretty pass outside to Madie Glista who would get her first goal of the year to make it 2-1. The assist was career assist #48 for Davis making her LV's all time leader! Unfortunately, Indiana would strike back on a fluke goal off of a deflection and it was 3-1 at the half. LV was better in the second half but could not create many attacking chances. Indiana would get a 4th goal with 10 minutes left which appeared to ice the game but LV had a little bit of fight left. Davis converted a penalty kick to make it 4-2 with 8 minutes left and LV finally showed the fire and intensity of a team ready to win some games. Sadly, they coudln't convert any more chances. In addition to Davis and Glista, LV got good minutes from Zoe Bergman and Phebe Cornell. There was no JV game.
LV's right back at it Monday with a home game against conference foe United at 4:00.
LV Girls Have Rough Time at Altoona in Season Opener: Several Bright Spots Emerge
September 4, 2013
It certainly wasn't the ideal way to get a season started. However, after Wednesday evening's 6-1 loss to AAAA powerhouse Altoona, LV girls certainly didn't lose any of their high hopes for the season and hope to quickly rebound and learn from the loss.
Ligonier had 6 new starters: all of whom had little to no varsity experience at all from last year. Only 1 of their subs had any real varsity experience from last year. Because of that combined with having zero scrimmages, many typical first game things occurred: girls playing a little nervous/tentative, girls being easily frustrated with themselves when the things that worked in practice weren't working in games, girls putting too much pressure on themselves and trying to do too much. When you combine all of those with an experienced talented Altoona squad on a turf surface that was much more familiar to Altoona than Ligonier, it was easy to see why the game ended how it did.
Senior Nikki Davis scored the loan goal for LV in the second half, an unassisted tally. Nikki played a strong game start to finish. Sophomore Madie Glista also had a very strong game in her first game in a new midfield role. Bright spots from several of the new starters began with keeper Helene Bloom. She was rock solid, making 27 great saves in her starting debut, not a single goal had anything to do with Helene's poor play. She really stepped it up in her first varsity start! Next was center back Nicole Cramer, Nicole played 75/80 minutes and got stronger as the game went on. She was one of the few new starters who showed very little signs of nerves or tentative play at all. Senior Jenna Collins was also a bright spot in her first varsity start, showing new levels of aggressiveness never seen before from her as well as looking cool, calm and collected. Returning starters Phebe Cornell and Abby Salancy finished very strong and seemed to poised to lead the defense into the next game Saturday. LV got good bench minutes from junior Zoe Bergman and Brooke Sieminkewicz and sophomore Madee Lillicotch.
The JV girls would fall by a 6-0 score to many of Altoona's varsity players as the Lions had a smaller team. Emma Ryan was the star for the JV girls controlling the offense and generating much of the attack. The JV girls also had strong minutes from Brittany Finger, Morgan McKnight, Lillicotch, Jenna Deem, and goalie Becca Pleskovitch.
LV hopes to use these lessons learned as they head into a Saturday morning game at Indiana.
2013 LV Girls Soccer Ready to Begin New Era for the Program
August 21, 2013
Gone is the winningest Senior Class in LV program history by a significant margin. Gone is Maddy Grimm, who's 112 career goals is 56 MORE than 2nd place all time in the history of LV girls. Gone are captains Michaela Long, Katie DeMayo, and Kelleigh Huber who were staples of the evolution of this program from playoffs being a perk to playoffs being an expectation each year. Gone is long time assistant coach Keith Vogelsang who had coached LV girls for 10 years and had coached soccer for nearly 30!
So it must be a rebuilding year with very little expectations right? Wrong! This new group of LV girls is determined to carry on the winning tradition, continue to be a playoff team, and to start their own era of success building on what last year's seniors established the past 4 years.
Nikki Davis returns with a chance for some history herself. Nikki is 1 assist away from being LV's all time leader in assists and needs 11 goals to be just the 4th LV girl to ever score 50 career goals. Nikki was a huge part of last year's success and her injury was ultimately the downfall of last year's record breaking team. Junior Jess Anto is the other 3 year starter returning who's really stepped up in the preseason and seems destined to step into a bigger role this year. Returning starters from last year include senior defenders Phebe Cornell and Abby Salancy and sophomore midfielder Madie Glista- big things expected from all of them. Seniors Cait Michaels and Jenna Collins, juniors Emily Bucklen, Zoe Bergman, and Nicole Cramer; and sophomores Molly Horrell, Emily Long, Emma Ryan, and Madee Lillicotch round out the list of girls who big things are expected of on the field and there will surely be more to add to this list as the season gets underway. Helene Bloom will take over the varsity goalkeeping duties for graduated senior Breanne Wallace.
Lauren Cassler, an LV soccer alum and one of the girls to score 50 career goals, takes over as assistant coach this season after playing 4 years at Carlow College in Pittsburgh. Jake Gula, who was a 4 year star for the LV boys team, is at the helm as a volunteer assistant coach.
Please check this site often throughout the season for stat's game reports, and more!
Check Out Updates in Additional Information Section
August 23, 2013
Check out the "Additional Girls Soccer Information" section for new updates including girls soccer team history and Coach V's goals to every season.
Highlights from past seasons
August 5, 2012
Here are some of the better moments from the past few years of LV girls soccer...
LV Ends Season with Heartbreaking Loss to Somerset.
October 26, 2012
It wasn't supposed to end this way. Their season wasn't supposed to be done yet, they were supposed to score the last minute goal. Unfortunately, sports occur on the field and Somerset had other plans for the LV girls Thursday night at Forest Hills. After a horrendous start, LV came charging back and seemed to poised to win on a miracle comeback, only to have the rug pulled out from under them yet again as Somerset scored a late goal.
Somerset started their quarterfinal clash with Ligonier as clearly the better team. For the second straight game, LV seemed slow, nervous, and tentative the entire first half. Somerset would end up scoring 3 times in the first half and easily could have scored more. Maddy Grimm gave LV at least a little bit of life when she would score a brilliant unassisted goal late in the first half and make it 3-1 at the break.
For the second straight game, the second half was ALL LV! A renewed spirit and energy led to total dominance on the field- it truly looked like two different teams. While Somerset worked to contain Grimm all night long, she finally broke free 10 minutes into the 2nd half and would score from a Madie Glista assist to make it a 3-2 game. Somerset got a quick break against the run of play and popped one past Breanne Wallace to make it 4-2. LV would not be denied. Glista got credit for a goal when she crossed a ball off of a Somerset defender to make it 4-3. With 10 minutes left, LV got the goal of the night when Kelleigh Huber played a magnificent cross that Grimm headed past the keeper and it was 4-4, the sttrong LV crowd went crazy and it looked like this was the script, LV was coming back. The next 8 minutes were nothing but dominance for LV with numerous near misses, it seemed like only a matter of time until the game winner was scored.
Then the unthinkable happened, with 1 minute 50 seconds left to play, a Somerset clear, an LV defender slipped, and Somerset scored the game winning goal.
Maddy Grimm truly played her heart out in the final game of her record breaking career. Freshman Madie Glista really stepped up in the forward role- filling in for injured Nikki Davis. LV got great minutes from Brooke Sieminkewicz and Nicole Cramer as well.
LV's record breaking season ends far too soon but still with easily their best record ever at 13-4-1. LV will lose 8 letter winners but will still return 11 letter winners for next years squad who hope to make a 5th straight playoff trip.
LV Takes Down Berlin in Classic Soccer Battle!
October 11, 2012
Thursday night was exactly why high school sports is a great thing. No quantifiable measure exists to say exactly, specifically, why it was a special game but every single person in attendance left Snyder Field in Berlin with the same feeling: they had just witnessed an absolute amazing soccer game.
Berlin came into their senior night with a 13-2 record and winner of 10 straight games. Ligonier Valley came into the game with an 11-1 record and winners of 11 straight games. When it was all said and done, LV would come out with a 4-2 victory that felt as good as any win they'd ever had.
Berlin struck first 25 seconds into the game. Confusion on the out of bounds line led to a foul throw-in by LV and a quick Berlin goal to make it 1-0 and fire up the Berlin crowd. Berlin had the better of play early and nearly scored several more times.
Berlin did their homework when getting ready for LV- they had 2-3 girls marking Maddy Grimm at all times. Finally, 20 minutes into the game, Grimm eluded all of her marks and snuck one past the keeper to tie the score. It was a back and forth game throughout the half with a very loud Ligonier crowd and even louder Berlin crowd. Although Berlin had the better of play, LV took advantage of a very late chance. With 35 seconds left in the half, Maddy Grimm launched a throw-in into the penalty box which Nikki Davis headed just past the keeper for a 2-1 LV lead.
The second half started out all LV. They truly took over the possession battle and passed the ball brilliantly but a feisty Berlin defense and some poor finishing kept the score at 2-1. With 15 minutes to play, against the run of play, Berlin converted a long ball into a goal and a shell shocked LV squad found themselves tied with 15 minutes left. Throughout their 11 game winning streak they had always cruised in the second half. This was a new challenge they'd have to face- coming back a second time.
Well, face it they did. Maddy Grimm and Nikki Davis were both hauled down in the box within two minutes of each other- Davis's resulted in a penalty kick being awarded to LV with 3 minutes to play and Maddy Grimm easily converted the penalty kick to put LV ahead 3-2. 90 seconds later an unsung hero emerged as Brittany Crowley took a loose ball from a corner kick and fire it past Berlin's keeper to ice the game and give LV the 4-2 victory.
So many LV girls played great games. The entire defense was rock solid, Katie DeMayo, Kelleigh Huber, and Jessica Anto were great in the midfield, and of course the forward combination of Davis and Grimm were great. Another unsung hero was junior Caitlyn Michaels who gave absolutely crucial clutch minutes off the bench and was not at all fazed by the intense atmosphere.
LV starts a brutal stretch Monday as they play 4 games in 4 days. Monday they travel to Rockwood for a 4:15 start against the Rockets.
LV Passes Huge Test Against AAA Powerhouse Hollidaysburg, streak now 10 in a row!
October 8, 2012
They had a week off, they had not been truly tested since their tournament nearly 3 weeks ago. They were going up against a Hollidaysburg squad who had two 5-1 wins over Altoona, a team that beat LV 6-2 in the opening game in the season. Yet somehow, everyone on LV's squad had confidence they could play with this team. Play with them they did, LV once again use an inspired team effort to take down Hollidaysburg 4-1 and win their 10th in a row.
Hollidaysburg absolutely had the better of play early on and LV was lucky not to fall behind. As LV picked up their game, they began to get the better of the attack. After 30 minutes, we were still scoreless but LV soon changed that. Jessica Anto played a ball into the corner that Brittany Crowley quickly got to, made one move, and played a beautiful cross to Maddy Grimm who headed it past the keeper to give LV a 1-0 lead which is where it would stand at halftime.
An intense, playofflike, atmosphere prevailed all game long- certainly in the second half! LV would strike first when Nikki Davis set up Grimm and LV had a 2-0 lead with 30 minutes to play. 5 minutes later Davis set Grimm up again and it was 3-0. There was absolutely not an ounce of quit in the Hollidaysburg squad however as they pushed and pushed until they broke through with a goal with 15 minutes to play to make it 3-1. A determined LV squad, backed by a loud bench and a louder crowd would not be denied as they answered Hollidaysburg's goal when Kelleigh Huber blasted a shot off the goal post and Jessica Anto put in the rebound for the 4-1 final.
LV's defense proved just how far they've come since the opening game- they were relentless all afternoon long. Phebe Cornell, Michaela Long, Abby Salancy, and Madie Glista all played one of their best games of the year- as did keeper Breanne Wallace.
With her goals today, Maddy Grimm passes Brock Weaver to be the all-time leading scorer for LV , male or female with 104 career goals and counting. Maddy has 38 for the season- 3 shy of Emily Daugherty's 2009 record of 41.
The JV's fell to Hollidaysburg 10-0, playing many of the same girls the varsity did. Emily Bucklen, Caitlyn Michaels, Jessie Tucci, and Lexie Adams all played well for the JV girls.
LV is back at it Wednesday when they travel to United for a 4:00 start against the conference rival Lions.
Miracle on Wet Grass: LV 4 CT 1!
September 18, 2012
Conemaugh Township 4 Ligonier 0, Conemaugh Township 5 Ligonier 2, CT 7 LV 0, CT 11 LV 0, CT 2 LV 0, CT 7 LV 1, CT 1 LV 0, CT 7 LV 0, CT 5 LV 2.
Coming into the game Tuesday at Davidsville, that was the previous 9 tries when Ligonier played Conemaugh Township. On top of that, the Lady Indians came into the game 6-0 with big wins over perenial powerhouses Richland and North Star while LV was a mere 2-1 without a "signature" win yet on their record.
That all certainly changed Tuesday. A brilliant team effort from start to finish led the LV girls to a stunning 4-1 victory over Township that all 36 girls played a role in.
It was clear LV was pumped for this game from the first whistle as they immediately controlled play. 2 minutes into this game, Jessica Anto played a short pass to Maddy Grimm who absolutely crushed the ball into the far post past the keeper for a 1-0 LV lead. LV was awarded a free kick 10 minutes into the game which Grimm fired past the keeper for a 2-0 lead. A stunned CT squad didn't do how to react. Phebe Cornell had the task of man-marking CT star forward Allison Lonas and frustrated her all day long- keeping her off the scoreboard entirely.
Late in the first half Kelleigh Huber played one of her signature pretty crosses that Grimm tapped past the CT keeper for a 3-0 lead. Nikki Davis would minutes later play a pretty cross of her own that Grimm headed past the keeper for a 4-0 lead at the half.
The second half was the perfect narrative to see if two things could happen that LV have been working on all year. Could the young defense "grow up" before their eyes? And could LV prove they're in better shape and are able to put away a team and not fold in the second half? Both ended up being a resounding yes!
A resilient CT squad stormed the LV goal in the second half, determine not to be on the wrong side of history. LV would not relent. Keeper Breanne Wallace was phenomenal, stopping anything shot at her- making most players/fans forget she's never played keeper before this year! Every LV defender and midfielder did their part to keep CT off the scoreboard. Michaela Long, Abby Salancy, Madie Glista, Nicole Cramer, Katie DeMayo, Brittany Crowley, and Kesley Sutter were briliant every time they needed to be!
CT finally found the back of the net with 12 minutes to go to make it 4-1. LV immediately huddled together as a team on the field, righted themselves, and controlled play the rest of the way. Grimm and Davis had several near misses and LV dominated the last 12 minuts of their incredible upset!
Great credit goes to the LV bench as they were louder than many if not all great student sections all day long and stormed the field at the final whistle! Truly all 36 girls can take great pride in this victory.
The JV would fall by a 3-0 score.
The girls are right back it today with a 5:00 home game against Rockwood. At 3-1 they still need 4 more wins to guarantee a 4th straight playoff trip.
Lady Rams all over Lady Rockets in battle of strong teams!
October 12, 2011
After playing great for a half against Hollidaysburg before falling apart, playing great against North Star but losing because they couldn't finish and playing just good enough to win against United, LV was starting to wonder if their home field was cursed. Any thought of that was erased Thursday night. LV was strong from the very first whistle and cruised to victory against a 9-3 Rockwood team, 4-1.
Nikki Davis started the scoring for LV as she would finish a Maddy Grimm assist for an early 1-0 lead. Unlikely yesterday against United when they started to back down after an early goal, LV just poured it on. Jessica Anto would get on the scoreboard next- putting away a nice assist from Katie DeMayo and it was 2-0. Maddy Grimm and Alyssa Ulery would combine on the next two goals. Ulery set up Grimm with a long ball and Maddy finished to make it 3-0. Ulery would then set up Grimm with a thru ball and it was 4-0 at the half.
In the second half Davis, Anto, and Grimm all had many chances but just couldn't quite finish. Additionally, LV was able to get many younger girls in the game as there was no JV game. Everyone entering the game did well. Late in the half, Rockwood would put a free kick right over the LV wall and that would be there only goal of the game for the 4-1 final. In addition to the goal scorers LV got great minutes from defenders Daphne Chavez, Grace Yanits, and Jessica Davis in her new defensive role. Midfielders Brittany Crowley and Kelleigh Huber were also very strong for the girls.
When these two teams first met on 9/13, LV grinded out a 2-1 victory- scoring a late goal to get that victory. In the 14 previous times these two teams had met, LV had only won 3- all of them by 1 goal so needless to say, this was their most impressive performance against Rockwood that they'd ever have.
LV is now 7-4 and are off until Tuesday 10/18 against Windber. There will be a JV game at 5:30 on 10/18 against Latrobe followed by senior night festivities and a varsity game against Windber.
Upset Special: LV takes down Hollidaysburg 3-0!
September 27, 2011
Since the season started, LV has had many really good results to be sure. However, they were still searching for that one signature win, that one great result to really be proud of. Everyone thought they could get a result like that if they played a complete game but they couldn't quite get it done against the elite teams. That all changed today! With a total team effort from top to bottom, LV shocked AAA powerhouse 3-0 on the Tigers home field!
Hollidaysburg controlled much of the play in the first half. LV's defense bent many times but did not break. Everytime a play needed to be made, LV made it. Keeper Sarah Youngblood made many fantastic saves in the first half to keep the game scoreless early.
20 minutes into the half Jessica Anto would get LV on the scoreboard. Brittany Crowley hustled into the corner and made a beautiful cross to a streaking Anto who virtually dribbled the ball right into the goal for a 1-0 lead. With 5 minutes left in the first half, LV would get a 2-0 lead on a similar goal to the first. Maddy Grimm dribbled the ball into the corner past two Tiger defenders and played a pretty cross to a streaking Nikki Davis who flicked the ball right past the Hollidaysburg goalie and LV was ahead 2-0 at the half.
While everyone was excited, no one expected an easy second half. They knew the last time they play Hollidaysburg they wilted in the second half against the powerful Tiger squad so they knew today had to be different.
Today certainly was different! LV's defense answered every call to the point where Hollidaysburg was both mentally and physically worn out by the last 15 minutes of the game. On top of that, Jessica Anto would "ice" the game with 13 minutes to play as she finished a Nikki Davis assist and blasted a shot right past the keeper for a 3-0 lead. LV's defense did the rest, shutting down the Tiger's completly.
It was absolutely a team effort! Marlena Tosh, Brittany Crowley, and Daphne Chavez gave great minutes off the bench for LV. All 11 starters had strong game for the girls as well! Truly a total team effort to be proud of!
In two previous meetings against Hollidaysburg the girls lost 8-1 (in October 2010) and 5-0 (September 15th of this year). The Lady Tigers made the district finals of the AAA tournament last year.
The JV girls lost a tough 3-0 decision. They had a hard time adjusting to the turf surface. For most of the girls it was their first time ever on turf. Playing well in defeat for the JV girls were Emmie Bucklen, Zoe Bergman, Kelsey Sutter, and Jenna Collins.
The varsity girls are back in action Monday 10/3 against Rockwood. One more victory and the LV girls clinch their 3rd straight winning season and 3rd straight trip to the post-season! The JV girls won't be back in action until Tuesday 10/4 against Conemaugh Township.
LV becomes first Ligonier Rams squad to win a playoff game as they surge into the semi-finals!
October 29, 2010
Thursday night at Johnstown High School, the LV girls soccer team know they had a lot to play for. They were playing for a 2nd straight trip to the semi-finals. They were playing to prove that their scrimmage victory against Westmont was no fluke. They were playing to show that even though Westmont improved, so have they.
And, finally, they were playing to help usher in a new era in the Ligonier Valley School District. They were, simply by the way the time worked because football and volleyball will be there too, the first of the new Ligonier Rams teams to play in a playoff game and they wanted to usher in that new era with a victory.
When it was all said and done, the Ligonier Valley Rams girls soccer team proved to be just enough better than the vaunted Westmont Hilltop Hilltoppers and they earned a second consecutive trip the district 6 AA semi-finals.
Westmont started the scoring just 5 minutes into the game with a goal by Melissa Walko- converting on a quick LV breakdown. LV answered back 5 minutes later when Jessica Davis would play a beautiful cross to Maddy Grimm who would find the back of the net to make it a 1-1 game. Westmont, unfortunately, struck right back on another Walko goal and it was 2-1 Westmont deep into the first half.
With 28 seconds left in the first half, Courtney Bridge would make a great hustling play to draw a penalty kick. Grimm converted the PK and it was 2-2 at the break.
Both teams came out energized in the second half. With 27 minutes to play, Grimm got her "hat trick" in style. On a free kick from approximately 35 yards out, Maddy fired a shot over the head of the Westmont keeper to make it 3-2.
After that, LV held on with their defense and their goalkeeping. Katie DeMayo and Lauren Nath were fantastic on the defensive end all game long- especially in the second half. Keeper Sarah Youngblood, for the second year in a row, stepped up big and made save after save when she needed it most.
In addition to the girls already mentioned, LV got great minutes from Jessica DAvis, Courtney Bridge, and Kelleigh Huber.
LV will play next Monday at 6:00 against Forest Hills at Forest Hills high school in Sidman, Pa. Directions are on this site under the directions tab.
LV and Forest Hills have not played for several years. The winner of Monday's game will advance to the district 6 championship game against the winner of Juniata and Somerset. Neither Forest Hills nor Ligonier has ever advanced past the semi-final round.
One for the ages...LV uses inspired second half play to score first ever win against Windber!
September 14, 2010
There are games that make you remember what's great about sports. There are games that remind you why you run all the sprints and do all the drills and put all the time in. LV had a game like that today.
Windber 3 LV 2, Windber 6 LV 0, Windber 5 LV 0, Windber 3 LV 1, Windber 10 LV 0. Until today, that was the history when these two teams met. The LV girls rewrote history today with an inspiring second half to come back from a 3-1 halftime deficit to beat Windber 4-3 in overtime.
The game did NOT start out the way LV planned. Windber 100+ goal scorer Amber Wozny would strike early- just 2 minutes into the game on a break away and LV was down 1-0 before many parents had time to even get to their seats. It went from bad to worse two minutes later when Wozny would again find the back of the net on a corner kick and LV was already down 2-0 only 4 minutes into the game. Immediately nightmares of games past came back to haunt the entire LV team and fan base. But...we all know the easiest way to fix a nightmare is to wake up which LV began to do slowly but surely.
Shawnise Frei scored on a great individual effort 10 minutes later to make it a 2-1 game. Frei's goal was assisted by Maddy Grimm. Unfortunately Windber struck right back to make it 3-1 which is where it would stand at the halftime break.
Heading into halftime, the LV girls all knew that if they changed a few things they could be back in the game. Regardless of history or probably most fans in the stands suggesting otherwise, LV knew they were not out of the game. All year long LV had been waiting for a stage to prove what kind of team they are this year. We soon found out, Windber Athletic Fields would indeed be that stage.
Early in the second half Jessica Davis would finish a corner kick from Shawnise Frei with a beautiful shot into the far corner making it 3-2. LV absolutely dominated the second half on all ends of the field. Defensively Katie Demayo shut down Wozny while Lauren Nath, Michaela Long, Erica Lattanzio, Emily Payne, and Chelsey Hropovich shut down the rest of the attack. LV got great offensive push from Davis, Grimm, Frei, Nikki Davis, Courtney Bridge, Megan Crowley, and Grace Yanits. LV generated countless chances but didn't quite find the net for the tying goal until Maddy Grimm stepped up. With 10 minutes to go Grimm fired a shot from 25 yards away past the Windber keeper tying the score. Despite chance after chance LV could not win the game in regulation and we'd head to overtime.
It was clear from the VERY first whistle in OT LV wasn't giving up the chance to make history. A Windber attack was quickly thwarted. Sweeper Lauren Nath passed to Shawnise Frei who played a pretty ball into space and Maddy Grimm did the rest- finishing a breakaway 26 SECONDS into overtime giving LV the great victory! Truly a team effort and one that will hopefully lead to many great things after some early season struggles. Windber is the defending District 5 Champion and finished last season 19-3 on top of all their successes against LV.
The one damper on the evening was the JV game being cancelled so the JV girls unfortunately didn't get a chance for the first ever JV win against Windber.
LV's back in action Thursday with a game at Johnstown Christian at 5:15 PM.
Strong second half surges LV into District Semi-finals with 4-0 win over Penns Valley!
October 29, 2009
Thursday night LV traveled to Richland's turf facility to face defending District 6 runner-up Penns Valley. Penns Valley came out on fire, putting all sorts of pressure on the LV defense and they looked prime to strike first as LV was a victim of some playoff jitters. Thanks to goalie Sarah Younblood and the LV defense, LV kept Penns Valley off the scoreboard and the LV girls were lucky it was 0-0 at the half. Any logical soccer fan had to assume it was only a matter of time before the veteran Penns Valley squad found the back of the net and sent the young LV squad home.
However, LV girls proved yet again that they thrive on defying logic! The "second half girls" struck again! LV was an entirely different team in the second half- literally from the first whistle- which saw Maddy Grimm nearly score the first goal of the half. With 28 minutes to play, Grimm would score first as she blasted a free kick from 40 yards out past the goalie, giving LV a 1-0 lead. Just a few minutes later, senior Emily Daugherty would get her 40th goal of the season off a Grimm assist to make it 2-0. Daugherty would score again with 15 minutes left off an assist from Shawnise Frei to make it 3-0 and deflate the psyche of the mighty Penns Valley squad. Frei would tack on an "icer" with 3 minutes to play for the 4-0 final. Frei's goal was assisted by Grace Yanits who played a phenomenal game.
In additon to the above, LV got great minutes on offense from Leah Pleskovitch, Courtney Bridge, and Jessica Davis. Defensively, LV played easily their best game of the year- led by Alysa Derk, Katie DeMayo, Lauren Nath, and especially keeper Sarah Youngblood. LV was the first and only team this year to shut out Penns Valley!!
LV now moves on to the District semi-finals Tuesday November 3rd. The girls will play at Point Stadium in Johnstown against Bishop McCort, the perenial powerhouse in district 6 girls AA soccer!
LV Girls suprise North Star with 4-3 comeback win at home!
September 16, 2009
It was their 4th game this week. It was their 4th straight game against either a district champ or district finalist from a year ago. More than half of the starting 11 were nursing an injury of one kind or another. And...they fell behind 2-1 at the half against a strong North Star team. Game over right? Not with this years LV girls! Showing the heart of a champion, LV came roaring back for 3 second half goals and held on for a 4-3 thriller against North Star, only the second win ever for LV against the Cougars.
LV came out on fire and would score in the first minute when Emily Daugherty would put one past star Cougar keeper Lakin Nicholson to make it 1-0. Unfortunately, that's exactly how their last match against North Star started and, just like their last match against North Star, the Cougars would score twice in the 1st half to go up 2-1 at halftime and all the momentum seemed to be on their side.
LV came out in the second half a team possessed! 8 minutes into the 2nd, Daugherty would score her 10th goal of the year off a pretty assist from Leah Pleskovitch who hustled after a Maddy Grimm throw and played a pretty ball to Emily. It would be a back and forth game until there was only 11 minutes to go when Daugherty would play a beautiful feed to Grimm who would score what would be the game winner to make it 3-2. Sophomore Shawnise Frei tacked on an "icer" minutes later and it was a good thing she did as North Star got a goal in the final minute but it was all for naught and LV got the W. Aside from the offensive scoring, LV would not have won without the play of defenders Alysa Derk and Lauren Nath who were absolutely astounding defensively against a strong North Star team!
The JV's won a shortened game 2-0. Kelleigh Huber scored her 8th JV goal of the year off a Jackie Berry assist and then Huber returned th favor setting up Berry to make it 2-0. Defenders Daphne Chavez and Michaela Long played strong games as did midfielder Megan Crowley and forward Brittany Crowley. The JV's improved their record to 3-2.
LV is back at it yet again tomorrow with a 4:00 matchup against Windber at Laurel Valley High School. Windber is a strong team who LV has never beaten but...if they can play like they did tonight and carry some momentum into the game, Windber better be prepared!
LV Girls start season off with exciting 3-2 victory at Derry!
September 6, 2009
LV girls soccer started the season in style! In what was certainly their most exciting season-opening game ever and one of their most exciting games ever, LV knocked off Derry Area 3-2.
LV was playing without star freshman midfielder Maddy Grimm so they were worried they might be in for trouble. Derry is led by senior midfielder Tiffany Downey who's one of the elite players in the WPIAL.
LV got the scoring started when senior striker Emily Daugherty would score an unassisted goal late in the first half to make it 1-0. Derry had many near misses but just couldn't quite finish.
LV did a nice job defending Downey all day but she would finally strike early in the second half to tie the score at 1-1. The final 5 minutes is when the excitement really kicked in. Daugherty scored again off a gorgeous Courtney Bridge assist to give LV the lead 2-1 with 4 and a half minutes left. Just one minute later Derry would answer to tie the score 2-2. Not one of the LV girls had any quit in them however as Daugherty would play a beautiful cross to Bridge with 2 minutes left and Courtney scored the game winner for LV! It was a stressful final minute the defense held strong and LV got a great first game win!
In addition to Daugherty and Bridge, LV got great offensive play from midfielders Jess Davis, Grace Yanits, and newcomer Shawnise Frei. Defensively, Erica Lattanzio and Katie DeMayo gave great efforts along with Emily Payne giving great defensive effort off the bench. Sophomore goalie Sarah Youngblood was rock solid in the net for LV.
The girls have a long weekend and are back in action this Tuesday at 4:00 against United at Laurel Valley High School. This is an exciting, never say-die group who took a great first step towards advancing back to the playoffs!
The "1-0" girls strike again with revenge victory against Meyersdale!
October 14, 2008
2008 may go down as the year of 1-0 for the LV girls. Thankfully, they now have been on right side of the last two as they would prevail on senior night against Meyersdale- winning 1-0 in overtime! The JV girls would win by the same 1-0 score making it 7 varsity games and 3 JV games for the year which ended with scores of 1-0.
It was an even first half with both sides creating lots of chances. Emily Daugherty had several chances for LV but just could not finish. Lindsay Heider made several nice saves on near misses by Meyersdale.
The second half looked bleak when star forward Daugherty and star defender Ashton Burns both went down with an injury. On top of this, forward Leah Pleskovitch and defender Margo Lattanzio were playing hurt and probably also should have been sitting out. When the game went into overtime things did not look great for the LV girls with all the injuries piling up as well as it being their 5th game in 7 days. LV answered all the non-believers with inspired play. Erica Lattanzio was rock solid at sweeper filling in for Burns and freshmen Courtney Bridge and Katie Knupp gave great minutes filling in for Daugherty.
The game would end just 1 minute into overtime. Senior Sam McKnight went into the corner and played a great cross to the middle. Pleskovitch, playing with a noticeable limp, dug deep and found the wear with all to head the cross over the keepers end and slowly rolled into the goal to end the game for LV.
The JV girls also won by a 1-0 final. Freshman Marlena Tosh scored a great goal early in the first half that held up for the 1-0 final. In addition to Tosh, LV got great minutes from Hannah Henderson, Jessica Davis, Brianne Bloom, and keeper Sarah Youngblood who recorded her second straight shutout for the JV's.
LV doesn't play best game but ends in style with 4-3 thrilling victory at Cambria Heights!
September 24, 2007
Monday afternoon LV traveled the long trip to Patton to face the Cambria Heights Highlanders. In the history of LV soccer they had gone their twice before. In 2002 LV lost an 8-1 decision to Heights in Patton only to win 6-1 in Ligonier. In 2005 LV played to a 1-1 tie in Patton only to win 2-0 at home. LV was well on their way to more heartbreak in Patton Monday, well on their way to a crushing loss until...Lauren Cassler stepped in. LV would pull out a 4-3 victory that they will certainly remember for years to come.
LV was up 2-0 at halftime although they hardly played their best game. Laura Kennedy scored the first goal on a nice finish off a Lauren Cassler cross to make it 1-0. Cassler would score the second goal when sophomore Leah Pleskovitch went deep into the corner to dig out a ball and play it right to Cassler to make it 2-0.
The first 20 minutes of the second were like a nightmare for LV. LV seemed to be going in slow motion and before they knew it Cambria Heights had scored 3 times and were a missed penalty kick away from scoring a 4th time. LV's chances looked bleak, Heights was dominating the game and LV looked like they were going to see heartbreak again in Patton in and lose a game that could severely damage their season.
Then, when it looked like all was lost, Laura Kennedy would play a beautiful cross to Cassler who would score her second goal of the game to make it 3-3 with 3 1/2 minutes to play. As the final minutes ticked away everyone on LV was a little apprehensive about going to overtime with LV playing their 3rd game in 4 days. However, that's where it seemed to be headed as Cambria Heights cleared away an LV chance with 20 seconds to play and it looked like the final whistle wwould blow.
However, Emily Daugherty had other ideas. Daugherty, who was nursing an injured knee and ankle and could barely walk at this point, would come out of a crowd at midfield with the ball and play an amazing pass right to Cassler's feet. Cassler took off down the right side as the seconds ticked down and miraculously would bury one past the Heights keeper with 3.6 seconds to play for the 4-3 victory! Cassler's 3 goals now put her at 47 for her career, 1 goal shy of tying the LV all time record held by Kelly Morrisey.
The JV girls lost a 3-1 decision with Leah Pleskovitch scoring the lone goal for the JV girls.
LV's marathon stretch of the schedule ends today as they face Jeanette at 4:00 at Laurel Valley before an off day, one practice, and a 4:00 Friday showing at Latrobe.
So Close....Yet So Far Away: LV's dream season ends in semi-finals.
October 30, 2006
Pulling off an upset in the playoffs in soccer requires several things. First and foremost it requires a team that believes it can win. LV certainly had that. Secondly it requires a team with good senior leadership. LV had that. Next you need a team that plays good defense. LV had that. Next you need a goalkeeper that plays amazing. LV absolutely had that. And finally you need some luck. LV had that for the first 74 of the 80 minutes but...in the end....the strong Crusher squad from Bishop McCort would finish when it mattered and LV would be sent home with a 1-0 setback.
LV got a quick breakaway early in the game which would have, obviously, been a huge difference had they finished but it just wasn't meant to be. Much of the first half was spent in the LV defensive end with LV not able to generate more than a few counteratttacks. But...McCort was not getting any quality chances to amount to anything and Lindsay Heider was there to answer the call anytime there was. At the end of the half Heider made a brilliant save to keep McCort off the scoreboard in the first. As they went into the break 0-0 LV knew they were a second half team and knew that maybe, just maybe, they could even be a second half team against a powerful 18-1 McCort team.
The second half started out pretty even with LV simply unable to capitalize on counterattacks. After several minutes it returned to McCort dominance but...LV would not relent and stellar defense and amazing goaltending still kept them off the scoreboard and with 8 minutes play it was still 0-0. Finally...everyone on LV started to think that maybe this was their night...maybe it was fate. But...just a minute and a half later those hopes were dashed when McCort superstar junior Marissa Basille played a cross to Maggie Nokes who finally slipped one past Heider for the 1 goal the game would have.
LV had nothing to be ashamed of. Defenders Kassie Enos, Nichole Derk, Alex Grab, and Heather Kraus all played brilliantly in their last game ever. Heider and sweeper Cassie Nath also played amazing games and showed that, while there will be some tough losses, there is still plenty of hope for the future! Offensively Anita Boyd and Rachel Blistan turned in strong games as well as Rebecca Sharbaugh- all in their last games ever. And LV got break bench help from Brooke Piper, Mariel McMarlin, and Sam McKnight. McCort will move on Wednesday to face Westmont in the district title game. The one goal was McCort's lowest offensive output of the season!
Everyone from LV girls soccer would like to thank the wonderful crowd in attendance last night. It really helped the girls play their best and almost pull off the upset.
LV finished the season at 13-7- a far cry from last year's 4-12-4 record. Their semi-final game last night was the furthest they've ever advanced in the district playoffs. LV loses some invaluable seniors from this special team but returns enough strong players and enough players wanting to work hard in the off-season that they hope with an off-season full of hard work that they will be right back in this spot if not further next year!
Upset Special...LV Shocks Richland!
September 6, 2006
7-0, 4-0, 5-0, 4-0, 5-0, 6-0. Up until yesterday afternoon those had been the scores of past LV/Richland girls soccer games. The Rams of Richland have one of the better programs around and are perenially contending with schools like Westmont for district titles. Heading into the game yesterday it seemed like it'd be more of the same when LV and Richland suited up for a 4:00 contest at Weller Field- especially since LV was coming off a disheartening 5-0 defeat in their home opener while Richland was coming off a 6-3 victory against a strong Bedford squad. However....someone forgot to tell the LV girls!
In the first half Richland started out dominant but simply could not score. Strong marking by LV defenders gave the Rams little opening and they got more and more frustrated as the half wore on. With that, LV's offense started to pick up. Anita Boyd created several chances with her speed and was helped by Lauren Cassler and Rachel Blistan to put lots of pressure on the Richland defense. Finally...late in the first half....captain Kassie Enos would play a free kick into a crowd that Amy Pompelia would play to Cassler for the first goal of the game and a 1-0 lead for LV. As the teams went into halftime, even the staunchest of LV supporters still felt it was only a matter of time before the Richland offense took over and this fun little dream ended.
LV started the second half dominating play but then Richland woke up. The Rams would score the tying goal with approximately 23 minutes to play and it, again, seemed to be the beginning of the end. However, the LV girls had other plans. A moment of weakness on Richland and hard work on LV would lead to newcomer Brooke Piper scoring the game winning goal with 11 minutes to play- putting LV ahead 2-1. In the final 11 minutes LV withstood every bit of the Richland charge with a wonderful team effort on defense. The 1-2 punch at center midfield of Piper and Laura Kennedy were instrumental in controling the final 10 minutes.
LV's JV girls played to a 0-0 tie against a MUCH more experienced Richland JV squad. Megan Bennett gave a stellar performance defensively and Emily Daugherty keyed the chances for the JV offense!
With the win, LV moves to 1-1 with a date against Derry coming up Saturday morning. Last season, LV lost to the Trojans for the first time so they will be looking to exact a little revenge this Saturday and hopefully momentum from today's huge win will carry into Saturday's game!
LV comes all the way back to tie Berlin in a classic!
September 21, 2005
Snyder Stadium in Berlin, Pa just seems to bring out the best of the LV Girls and the Berlin Lady Mounties. Every time these teams have met on that field it's been a classic matchup. Last night was no different as the LV girls rallied from a 3-0 deficit to play to a 3-3 tie after 2 overtimes!
The game started out all Berlin. LV had issues marking their strong attack and just didn't come out with the intensity needed against a tough Berlin team. Berlin scored 3 times within the first 15 minutes of the game. It was 3-0 and looked like it was going to be a long night ahead for the the LV girls and their strong contingent in the crowd. Laura Kennedy was able to catch Berlin off-guard on a free kick and quickly play a ball to Rachel Blistan who finished it for to make it a 3-1 game. Slowly but surely LV was picking up their game but it was still 3-1 at halftime, on the road, against a 5-1 Berlin team- certainly a tall order for any team.
But, throughout the year, LV has been a second half squad. The defense played MUCH better and shut down most of their attack. Kassie Enos made countless big plays. Freshman goalie Lindsay Heider was absolutely outstanding stepping up against the big competition with many great saves herself. Once again off a free kick, LV would strike next. Laura Kennedy played a ball into crowd where midfielder Amy Pompelia was able to redirect it towards the goal where Lauren Cassler would finish it to make it a 3-2 ball game. Minutes later Kennedy played a beautiful ball into space to speedster Anita Boyd who would put the ball past the keeper to tie the score at 3-3. This is where we could remain after regulation.
In overtime, Berlin stepped back up and their ferocious attack returned. LV answered the call every time. Seniors Kori Tetkoski and Jeanne Simons stepped up big in OT. Midfielders Rebecca Sharbaugh and Kenzie Harbison also made big plays in the extra period. LV got their chances but just couldn't finish another and settled for a 3-3 tie. Not a bad result at all considering how the game started.
The JV girls lost a 3-1 decision with Priscilla Chavez scoring a pretty goal for the lone score for LV.
The girls home to use this momentum to carry them into Friday's game against North Star- scheduled for a 4:00 kickoff at Laurel Valley!
LV girls advance to district quarterfinals with amazing win at Central Cambria!
October 21, 2003
The LV girls have certainly played their share of exciting soccer games this season. However, none was as exciting as their first playoff game tonight against Central Cambria. LV ended prevailing 3-2 in a shoot-out after 4 overtime periods!!
The first half was all LV as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Kelly Morrisey scored the first goal off of a Gitti Bertalan assist to make it 1-0. Morrisey's goal was her 19th of the season and her 37 of her career tying her with LV alum Rachel Springer for most all time for the LV girls soccer team! Freshman Rachel Blistan, who played a great game off the bench, scored the second goal making it 2-0.
Central Cambria came back strong in the second half scoring 2 goals to make it 2-2. Nina Graham made many great saves to keep LV in the game
LV and Central Cambria would then battle through 4 overtime periods: 2 10-minute and 2 5-minute and there was still no scoring!
The game then moved on to a penalty kick shootout. This was all LV from the start! Kelly Morrisey and Katie Little scored for LV and, the story of the night was goalie Nina Graham who stopped EVERY penalty kick Central Cambria would attempt and LV won the shoot-out 2-0 to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the second straight year! Liz Zorch, Amanda Barnhart, Kassie Enos, Rachel Blistan, and Gitti Bertalan all played very strong games but LV had great efforts by every single girl leading to the playoff win!
LV now moves on to top seeded Westmont Thursday: site and time to be determined.
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