Last Updated: October 27, 2015

After Close Loss Vs Berlin, LV Ends Season in Style With Big Win Over United

October 20, 2015

                    In their last away game of the year the LV girls headed to Berlin to face the Mountaineers. Unfortunately, it ended up being a great illustration of their entire season; great defense, lots of great play, can't finish, 1-0 loss.

                    It was scoreless at the half with relatively even play. LV came out in the second and dominated. Mia Lynn and Molly Horrell created chance after chance after chance but just couldn't finish. On a counter attack on the ONLY shot on goal of the second half Berlin scored the games only goal and they would win 1-0. Madie Glista and Emma Ryan were strong in defeat for the LV girls.

                 Tuesday night LV wrapped up the season with their 5th conference game: this time against United. They would score early and often enroute to a 7-0 victory. Mia Lynn started the scored with a great half volley from a Madee Lillicotch assist to make it 1-0. Rachel Adams scored the second goal from an Abby Frey assist to make it 2-0. LV's third goal was an unassisted goal from Mikayla Homyak scoring from about 20 yards out. Molly Horrell broke through from an Emily Long to make it 4-0. The final goal off the first half was Lynn getting on the scoreboard again, unassisted so it was 5-0 at the break. 

                All 28 active girls saw action in the second half. LV would get a 6th goal when Madee Lillicotch would finish a very nice assist from Kaylin Myers who was making the most of her time and it was 6-0. Finally, Emily Long in her first full game back after missing 6 with injury got one last goal in her soccer career for the 7-0 final.

               All was not lost on the season for LV even though they ultimately missed the post season which was their first goal.

               LV girls are still the only Hertitage Conference soccer team to never lose a conference game, boys or girls.


              LV finished their year allowing only 25 goals which ties 2006 for the best defensive team ever. They finished scoring 50 goals for the year which is only 2 less than last year.


               Madie Glista joins Kassie Enos (2003-2006) as the only LV girls to play in every varsity game of their entire career and to start all but one of them.

               Glista and Molly Horrell join the small list of 4 year lettermen.


               And finally that list will soon probably be larger as, for the first time, LV had 5 freshmen earn varsity letters: Mia Lynn, Morgan Glista, Abby Frey, Rachel Caldwell, and Lindsey Stormer.

               LV will return 10 lettermen and 5 starters next year and will work like crazy in the off season to get back to the post season.

LV Girls are Varsity Tournament Champs!

October 18, 2015




This weekend was the 5th annual Ligonier Valley fall soccer tournament. For the very first time, one of the varsity trophies stayed home as the Ligonier girls came out on top. 

Friday the LV girls played Indiana. A close first half saw LV behind 1-0. Molly Horrell had several near misses for LV, including hitting the post wice, but couldn't convert.


LV knotted the game at 1 early in the second half when Anny Adams made a great play to put in a rebound off a Mia Lynn shot to make it 1-1. An intense, physical final 30 mins of play followed which saw Lexie Petrof make numerous game saving stops to keep LV in the game. LV girls were great to keep their cool even though the atmosphere was heated.  Finally with 5 to mins to to play LV was awarded a penalty kick when Horrell was hauled down on a breakaway. Madie Glista calmly converted to give LV the 2-1 lead. The drama wasn't over as Madies little sister, freshman Morgan Glista had to clear a ball off the goal line that had gotten past Petrof with just over a minute left. Emma Ryan, Lindsey Stormer, and Abby Frey all gave great minutes for LV in addition to the girls already mentioned.

The 2-1 LV victory was the first game in the varsity girls tournament. Saturday morning Burrell defeated Saltsburg 9-0. Indiana bounced back Saturday at noon to beat Burrell 3-0 meaning all LV had to do was beat Saltsburg to guarantee a tournament victory. 

In their second game of the tournament, LV used all 28 girls equally and scored early and often en route to an 11-0 tournament clinching victory. Molly Horrell, Rachel Caldwell, and Mia Lynn all scored twice. Single goals were scored by Madie Glista, Madee Lillicotch, Nicole Carney, Emma Ryan, and Emma Frey. Rachel Adams and Anna Walker combined for the shutout in goal for LV.


The JV girls would fall to Indiana 1-0 and Burrell 7-0.


No rest for the weary as the girls still play twice more before the season is over. The girls travel to Berlin Monday 10/19 for a 4:00 start before hosting United on Tuesday 10/20. 

LV Girls Win Second Straight With Big Win Over United!

October 15, 2015

                         The LV girls soccer team pulled out a straight conference win in as many nights Wednesday night as they cruised to a 6-0 win over host United.

                            Mia Lynn started the scoring 10 minutes into the game with a great finish from a Rachel Caldwell assist to make it 1-0. Caldwell would get on the board next finishing a great Lindsey Stormer assist and it was 2-0. Lynn would finish again from a Mikayla Homyak assist several minutes later for a 3-0 advantage. The 4th LV goal was scored by senior Madie Glista as she took a great pass from Lynn and virtually dribbled right into the goal for the 4-0 lead. Late in the first half, Lynn got her "hat trick" when she would score an unassisted goal and it was 5-0 at the half. 

                             LV was able to get playing time for all 27 girls in the second half as they cruised to a 6-0 victory. Goal number 6 was the 2nd in the game for Rachel Caldwell, set up by Madee Lillicotch. 

                            Lexie Petrof got the shutout in goal, making 1 save. LV is back up again this Friday with the varsity and JV playing Indiana in the Ligonier tournament. 

LV Girls Cruise to Big Win at Saltsburg

October 13, 2015

         LV girls kept up their unbeaten streak Tuesday night as they cruised to a big win.

         11 different girls scored for Ligonier Wednesday night, the most different scorers they've ever had in any one game. All 27 actives girls saw action with the varsity taking the entire second half off. Madee Lillicotch and Lindsey Stormer each were credited with a goal and 2 assists while freshman Rachel Caldwell took advantage of her varsity start to be the only LV girls to score twice. Other LV goals were scored by Molly Horrell, Emma Ryan,  Mia Lynn, and Emma Frey. The last 4 goal scorers all scored their first ever varsity goals Wednesday night and this group included Nicole Carney, Kenzie Elder, Kaylin Myers, and LV goalkeeper Lexie Petrof. Additional assists on the goals were credited to Carney, Ryan, Rachel Adams, Sadie Hockenberry, and both Emma and Abby Frey. Petrof and Anna Walker combined for the shutout for LV- Petrof not having to make any saves, Walker having to make 4. LV is back in action tonight with another section game at United starting at 7:30 PM.

Another Week, Another Set of Close Losses for LV, JV girls win 2!

October 9, 2015

                    Last week LV girls varsity had two games and it was, unfortunately, a great microcosm of their year. Two completely different opponents with very different records, LV at very different degrees of healthy, games played at two very different towns, and ultimately, when it was all said and done, it was 2 more close losses. Thankfully, the bright future continues to shine as the JV girls won both of their games last week.

                  Wednesday LV traveled all the way to Moshannon Valley, over 2 hours on the bus! Moshannon Valley entered the game with a 9-3 record, easily first in their league. LV entered at 1-9 but by no means was this the blowout the records may have indicated. LV defended well, got some attack, had several great saves by Lexie Petrof, but just couldn't find the back of the net and would lose 2-0 on 2 goals late in the first half. Madie Glista and Petrof provided fantastic minutes on defense for LV in defeat.


                The JV girls overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit to grind out a 3-2 win. Freshman Rachel Caldwell scored all 3 goals. Kaylin Myers, Emma Ferlan, and Abby Frey all play strong in the win for the JV girls.


                  Thursday night LV traveled to Derry. They had lost a 1-0 decision to Derry in an August scrimmage and, at the time, figured that was an aberration. Unfortunately, the Derry scrimmage foreshadowing much of the rest of the season ahead for LV. Thursday night LV was not even close to full strength. Captain Emma Ryan was unable to play because of illness, other captain Emily Long was injured early in the game and did not return. LV battled and battled with a much improved Derry squad and unfortunately a goal with under a minute to play in the first half proved to be the difference and LV would fall by a 1-0 score. LV started the second half with 5 freshman on the field: Abby Frey, Lindsey Stormer, Rachel CAldwell on top of the regular freshman starters of Mia Lynn and Morgan Glista.

                 The JV girls would cruise to a victory over Derry 5-0. Rachel Caldwell scored twice more - giving her 10 for the season, 2nd most all time for the JV girls. Other girls were scored by Lindsey Stormer, Nicole Carney, and Emma Frey. Anna Walker earned the shutout in goal for LV.


                     Two conference games in a row coming up for LV this week as they travel to Saltsburg Tuesday 10/13 and United on Wednesday 10/14.


Two More Close Losses Over The Week for Hard Luck LV Girls

October 1, 2015

                                  LV girls unfortunately keep having the same soccer experience this season: play a good team close, have every opportunity to win, and end up on the wrong side of a close game. This happened twice more this week. Monday night Forest Hills would edge LV 2-1 on a goal with 4 minutes to play. Wednesday afternoon, LV would fall 2-0 on a penalty kick and own goal both late in the second half.

                               Monday night LV fell behind at Forest Hills 1-0 at the half on a shot from far out. The second half LV came out flying and would score on a Forest Hills own goal- credited to Madee Lillicotch who shot the ball off the Forest Hills defender and it was 1-1. LV had the better of play most of the half but Forest Hills was able to score on a counter attack for the 2-1 victory. Emma Ryan and Emily Long were strong for the LV girls in defeat as was Lillicotch.


                            Wednesday afternoon, LV had a new look lineup and had plenty of offensive chances in the first half but couldn't find the goal and it would go into halftime tied 0-0. The 7-3 Ramblers from Windber picked up their play a little bit still didn't get on the scoreboard until a penalty kick was awarded to them late in the second half which they converted for a 1-0 lead. Finally in the final minute Windber would score an own goal off an LV midfielder for the 2-0 final. Anny Adams and Mia Lynn played strong for LV in defeat. Neither team had JV.


                            This week the varsity and JV girls play Wednesday and Thursday: Wednesday traveling all the way to Moshannon Valley and Thursday traveling to Derry. 

LV Girls Are Tourney Champs at Conemaugh Township!

September 26, 2015

                        The LV girls underclassmen headed to Davidsville Saturday for the Conemaugh Township annual JV Tournament, open to any and all underclassmen and any seniors who do not start. LV's team of 13 girls when it was all said and done emerged as the tourney champs, taking home the first place trophy with a win over Bedford in the final.

                     The girls started the day playing Bedford and would fall to a 2-0 score. LV had their chances but just couldn't get the better of a strong Bedford squad and two breakdowns were the difference as Bedford would score twice for the win.

                    LV next faced the host Indians of Conemaugh Township. LV jumped out to a 3-0 first half lead. Marissa Tunstall would score first giving LV a 1-0 lead. Mia Lynn scored the next two goals, both assisted by Rachel Adams and LV was ahead 3-0 at the half. CT got one goal back in the second half but it wasn't enough as LV would hold on for a 3-1 win.

                  LV's final preliminary game was against North Star. LV really came out hitting all cylinders in this game as they were dominant in the first half, cruising to a 5-0 halftime lead. Mia Lynn had the "hat trick" just in the first half with Rachel Adams and Mikayla Homyak assisiting on Lynn's goals. Homyak and Adams each would get on the scoreboard themselves to round out the 5 goals. The second LV sat Lynn completly and several others sat a bulk of the half and LV would hold on for a 5-0 victory, sealing their spot in the championship game.

              In the final, LV had a return bout with Bedford. The first half was very evenly played, if anything LV had the better of play, but they went into the half tied 0-0. In the second half, LV's fresh legs by having 13 girls who subbed in and out all day seemed to make a difference and they were dominant leading to Rachel Adams scoring the tournament winning goal half thru the half. Lynn had many near misses herself throughout the day. Morgan Glista, Lindsey Stormer, and Abby Frey were fantastic all day long for the LV girls as was goalkeeper Lexie Petrof. Other members of the tournament winning team included Gabby Jablonski, Nicole Carney, Emma Frey, and Sadie Hockenberry, and Rachel Caldwell.

Strong performance in defeat for LV girls.

September 25, 2015



  The day after getting their first win of the season, LV girls had a LONG bus trip- leaving school shortly after lunch for the 2.5 hour ride to Bellefonte, Pa to face the Red Raider team who beat them 6-0 last year and was off to a good start to this season as well. What resulted was one of their best performances of the year and this went toe to toe with this strong team before falling 1-0. Bellefonte scored in the 12th minute on a blast from 25 yards out. The second half LV had much more possession and more shots as well. Defenders Madie Glista and Emma Ryan were fantastic in defeat for LV, shutting down a strong Bellefonte attack. Midfielders Emily Long and Abby Frey also played great for LV. Lexie Petrof made 10 saves in the goal for LV.


Coach V's Comments on the game: " I know many people will see this result and think "same old Ligonier, stay close can't score". This was a different game for us. Bellefonte is a physical, talented, well coached team and we truly played them even. While we didn't score, we generated plenty of scoring chances which we hadn't been doing against the stronger teams for the most part. I think this was our best performance of the season. Now we just need to find a way to translate this to next week when we play what should be 3 even games where simply the better team that night will be the one who wins."


The JV girls lost a 3-0 decision to Bellefonte. Defender Izzy Saloom, midfielder Emma Frey, and forward Rachel Caldwell played strong in defeat for the JV girls.


           Next week LV girls travel to Forest Hills Monday night, Windber Wednesday afternoon, and Derry Thursday night.

After tough loss vs Hollidaysburg, LV finally gets the much needed W!

September 23, 2015

                     Monday night LV faced a FAST Hollidaysburg squad who knew how to capitalize on mistakes. While LV did lots of things right, in the end Hollidaysburg was just too much and would cruise to a 3-0 win. Lexie Petrof made 25 saves in the defeat. Defenders Madie Glista and Emma Ryan played strong games for LV as did midfielder Emily Long.


                     The JV girls would win their third straight game 3-1 over Hollidaysburg. After a scoreless first half, Emma Frey scored twice for the JV's while Rachel Caldwell added another goal to improve the JV girls record to 3-2. Lindsey Stormer and keeper Anna Walker were also strong for LV in the JV victory.

  Wednesday night LV played their first of 5 Heritage conference section games on the year and it was finally the result they wanted as they cruised to a much needed 9-0 win over visiting Saltsburg. 
           After taking 12 minutes to score the initial goal, the floodgates opened and LV finally started finding the back of the net. Emily Long was the only girl to score more than once and she would score two goals and be credited with an assist. Rachel Adams, Anny Adams, Mikayla Homyak, and Lindsey Stormer would all score first half goals to give LV a 6-0 lead at the break. Rebekah Pleskovitch, Rachel Adams, and Mia Lynn were credited with assists on the first half goals. In the second half, LV scored 3 more with goals by Emma Ryan, and freshmen Morgan Glista and Abby Frey. Madie Glista was credited with 2 assists. After the 9th goal, all 31 girls would see the field as LV cruised to a much needed first win. Lexie Petrof and Rachel Adams combined for the shutout in goal, Petrof did not make a save, Adams made 1.
          LV is up again today with a 4:00 game at Bellefonte and the JV's will start at 5:30. The JV girls will be looking for their 4th straight win.

Much Better Play but Poor LV Girls Just Can't Get a Win vs North Star

September 17, 2015

                                If it was script for a Hollywood movie, it would be rejected because it was just "too cruel" a way to end a game. They could play 50 games before ever having one end like this one did, yet the hard luck LV girls found a way to end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard yet again in a very bizarre series of circumstances after it seemed like they had their win.

                            First and foremost, they were playing a North Star squad that is well coached, incredibly sportsmanlike, and always handles themselves in the classiest of classy manners so, certainly, if any team deserved this win it was North Star.

                           LV was dominant the first half, they were possessing the ball well again, they were creating many many chances but just couldn't finish and it would be 0-0 at the half. An early 2nd half breakdown from an otherwise impenetrable back 4 of LV led to North Star getting a 1-0 lead and LV thought the worst was upon them again. However, this was a new day. Almost immediately after the goal, LV finally found the back of the net when MIa Lynn played a ball to Molly Horrell who raced past the defender for the 1-1 tie. With 15 minutes to go in the game, freshman Abby Frey played a pretty pass to Horrell who would get her 2nd goal of the game and give LV a 2-1 lead. It looked like the despair was finally over, a 5th straight game against a 5th straight strong team/program that was close for the 5th straight time looked like it would finally go LV's way.

                          With 10 minutes to go, North Star played what was ostensibly a clear towards LV's goal, at first kick it seemed like it was going well over the goal but somehow was played at the exact perfect angle over the head of keeper Lexie Petrof and the game was tied 2-2. A little unlucky but LV will just respond in overtime right? With 5 minutes to go, in a scary case of Deja Vu, almost identical circumstance, North Star blasted a ball from just past midfield and somehow. someway, the exact same result happened and it as the exact perfect angle and the only place Petrof couldn't stop it. LV tried and tried in the final minutes but couldn't score another and ended up on the wrong side of a 3-2 result. LV outshot North Star 22-8. Emma Ryan played her strongest game defensively and was flanked by the Glista sisters who each dominated their side. Anny Adams also played a strong game for the LV girls.

                     It was better results for the JV girls. They also dominated a first half but couldn't finish. Two Lindsey Stormer goals in the second were the difference however and the JV's would get their 2nd straight 2-1 win. Mallory Miller, Izzy Saloom, Rachel Caldwell, and Emma Frey were also strong in victory for the LV girls.


                       The girls next have a tough matchup with Holidaysburg at home Monday 9/21 before hosting Saltsburg Wednesday 9/23.

LV Girls Lose Hard Fought Even Battle With CT.

September 12, 2015

              The schedule makers didn't do the LV girls any favor this year. After starting the year with Shaler and Mount Pleasant, most likely the two most talented soccer teams they will see all year, they were rewarded by getting to a travel to Davidsville to face a veteran aggressive, fast Conemaugh Township team. It was a dead even battle on the field but CT were able to take advantage of the 2 PK's they were awarded to walk away with a 2-0 victory.


             CT most certainly did have the better of play in the first half. LV was not without their chances but spent more time defending than attacking. Keeper Lexie Petrof had to make one great save but, for the most part, they couldn't create any major finishing opportunities. However, in the 12th and 31st minute CT was awarded a penalty kick which they converted and it would be 2-0 at the half.

             In the second half LV had the much better play, winning more balls and owning 75-80% of the possesion however, CT is equally blessed with a strong keeper and LV just couldln't find a way to put it fast keeper Olivia Shaulis so the dominant possession didn't matter. In a loud, intense, competitive game with great fans from both sides, LV ended up sitting on the wrong side of the final score. Freshman Morgan Glista was great in her first varsity start. Defenders Anny Adams and Emma Ryan also had strong games. Offensively, Mia Lynn played her best game in her short high school career.


                 After having Sunday off, LV will be back at it Monday evening for a home game with Berlin. Once again, not the easiest team to face year in and year out but hopefully starting off playing such strong teams will only make them better in the long run.

LV Varsity on Wrong Side of Yet Another Close Game, Great Win for JV Girls!

September 14, 2015

                    Unfortunately, Monday night at Weller Field, the LV girls soccer players, parents, coaches, and fans felt like they were experiencing and very frustrating level of Deja Vu: they were deadlocked in a tight game against a well coached strong team but just couldn't find the back of the net. When it was all said and done, the hard luck varsity girls fell 2-0 to Berlin.

                For whatever reason, this game was the first slow start LV has had all year and Berlin capitalized with dominant early play leading to a goal in the 12th minute for the 1-0 lead. LV rebounded to an extent but still couldn't find their "mojo" and Berlin was the better team most of the first half. 

                 The second half was, sadly, a carbon copy of Saturday night in Davidsville, LV gave an inspired effort and absolutely dominated the ball, took lots of good shots, but just couldn't finish. Many chances from Mia Lynn and Emily Long just didn't work and LV ended up falling 2-0 when Berlin was awarded a PK with 4 minutes to go for the 2-0 final.

                 All wasn't for naught Monday night as the JV girls scored two second half goals to win a shortened 2-0 score. Mallory Miller and Emma Frey scored the goals for LV and Susie Stoll, Lindsey Stormer, and Izzy Saloom all played great for the JV girls who improved their record to 1-2.

                    LV is back at it Wednesday night with a game vs North Star.

LV Girls Take Step Forward Against Mount Pleasant, Still Room to Improve.

September 10, 2015

                                The last two years LV girls traveled to Mount Pleasant the game was unfortunately basically over before it started. In 2013, LV entered the game battling multiple injuries and lost a 6-0 game that wasn't even really that close. Last year they played MP less than 24 hours after a hard fought win and were tired and over matched as they would lose a 7-1 result. Thursday was not the case at all. In what was truly a competitive game that went back and forth, MP just had the better finishing and would end up with a 4-1 victory.


                             Mount Pleasant entered the game 2-0 with 2 easy wins but early on LV came to play and actually dominated possession the first 10 minutes but just couldn't score. Unfortunately, Mount Pleasant scored against the run of play in the 12th minute and LV fell behind 1-0. This seemed to fuel the Vikings attack as they would then dominate the next 20 minutes of play adding a second goal in the process to go up 2-0. Unlike previous years, LV did not wilt and did not let the game turn into a blowout as they rebounded and controlled the final 10 minutes of the half leading to an Emily Long goal to make it 2-1. Long's goal was assisted by junior Emma Frey, making the most of her few minutes off the bench for the girls. 


                       In the second half Mount Pleasant had a slight edge in possession but it truly was an even game. MP got their third goal on a shot from 25 yards out that was truly "highlight film" material and nothing LV keeper Lexie Petrof could do about it. The 4th goal was scored in the closing minutes on another incredible effort. MP ran a corner kick play to perfection which LV sadly could do nothing but watch in disgust as the 4-1 result truly didn't indicate how close the game was. Petrof was once again great in goal for LV in defeat. LV's freshman crew of Mia Lynn, Abby Frey, Morgan Glista, and Lindsey Stormer were all strong for LV. Molly Horrell and Anny Adams also gave good minutes.


                      The JV girls had a rough first half but rebounded to play much better in the second half, also falling to a 4-1 score. Rachel Caldwell scored the lone goal for the JV girls on a great individual effort. Glista, Stormer, and Frey also lead the way for the JV girls who had a nice effort from another freshman, goalkeeper Anna Walker.


                      The varsity girls are up again Saturday night when they travel to Davidsville to face a Conemaugh Township squad who will enter the game at 4-0 so it will be another tough test but if the girls continue to improve and take steps forward they definitely could leave Saturday night with a quality win.

Varsity Holds Their Own Against Strong Shaler Squad in Season Opener.

September 5, 2015

                 Last year LV Girls opened their season at Shaler. In both the varsity and JV games it was a good experience and definitely lessons to be learned. However, one could not say they made Shaler work very hard to have success as the varsity would fall 6-0 while the JV fell 7-0. This year LV was worried they could see more of the same in both games. Unfortunately they would see just that in the first game as the JV would fall to a 9-0 score. The varsity however, really played pretty well and only allowed 2 goals for a 2-0 final.


                   The JV girls, understandably so, started out a little shell shocked. Many girls were playing their first game on turf, many their first official soccer game ever and that didn't mix well against an experienced group of Shaler JV girls and the poor LV girls were behind 6-0 by halftime. The second half the girls were able to generate a little bit of offense led by Emma Frey, Mia Lynn, and Rachel Caldwell but couldn't finish and the Shaler offense wore down a tired LV defense on this hot day for 3 more goals and a 9-0 final. Morgan Glista played solid defense for the JV's in defeat.


                 The varsity girls had a game plan they wanted to execute. They would have their midfielders playing a little more defensive than normal, make sure everyone on the field was marked, and look to generate their offense from counter attacks. In Coach V's eyes, they couldn't have executed that better. In the 5th minute Shaler got on the board for a 1-0 with just a perfect shot that Lexie Petrof couldn't do anything about. LV defended Shaler pretty flawlessly for most of the rest of the game in truly a team effort on defense. Forwards Molly Horrell and Emily Long were able to generate some offense on the counterattack but just couldn't find the back of the net. Late in the game with about 2 minutes left LV conceded a second goal off a rebound but, all told, was perfectly happy with the rain shortened 2-0 final. Both Glista sisters were strong in defeat on the defense end, Lindsey Stormer and Abby Frey gave great minutes for the varsity off the bench. Defenders Anny Adams and Brittany Finger were strong as well for LV. Keeper Lexie Petrof was fantastic stopping 21 shots, including a penalty kick save!


                 LV is next up with their home opener this Thursday 9/10 against Mount Pleasant with the JV playing at 4 and the varsity starting at 5:30. Mount Pleasant will be another tough test but hopefully LV is up for the challenge!

Solid Performances, Especially for the JV, But Troubles Finishing for Varsity and JV at Derry

September 3, 2015

                 It was an odd day at Derry for the LV girls soccer second scrimmage of the year. While the first scrimmage played out virtually identical to a regular game (80 minute varsity play followed by full JV play) Wednesday afternoon was anything but. That being said, it was odd for both sides and when it was all said and done LV realized how important finishing can be as great play for much of the game was hard to notice as they weren't able to score a goal in the varsity or JV games.


               The format the girls followed was quarters, 20 minute quarter with the varsity playing 20, then JV playing 20, and so on. On top of this, the game was started with a 40 minute lightning delay so the girls had to sit on the bus for 40 minute right before they played. The varsity ended up only getting 40 minutes of play which is very rare even for scrimmages.


                LV came out flat in the first varsity quarter. Derry was much more ready to play and snuck in a goal in the 5th minute. Thankfully after that LV rebounded but just couldn't create too many scoring or take advantage of the chances they had so it was 1-0 after the first 20.


                 In the varsity's 2nd 20 minute quarter keeper Lexie Petrof only touched the ball twice but LV failed to capitalize on their dominant midfield play and couldn't find the back of the net. Madie Glista was very strong all day for the LV girls. Additionally LV got strong minutes from Anny Adams and Kenzie Elder. LV got great minutes off the bench from freshman Morgan Glista and Abby Frey.


                  The JV girls dominance was even more pronounced as keeper in Anna Walker in 40 minutes of play did not touch the ball. Unfortunately, the JV girls just couldn't get one past the goalie, Freshman Lindsey Stormer was dominant all day long for the JV's in the midfield and hit the post twice but didn't find the back of the net. LV got great defensive minutes from Gabby Jablonski and Izzy Saloom. They also saw great play from midfielders Nicole Carney, Kayln Myers, and Abby Frey and forward Emma Frey and Rachel Caldwell.


                  The girls kick off the season for real this Saturday as heavy underdogs against AAAA school Shaler. It'll be a great learning experience for both and a chance to relish the underdog role. 

Strong performance for LV varsity and JV girls in first scrimmage vs Cambria Heights

August 28, 2015

                       The LV girls soccer team got off to a really nice start to the season with two strong performances and 2 easy wins vs Cambria Heights Thursday afternoon at Weller Field.

                        The varsity girls are really trying to employ a short passing possession style of play this year and were very successful with that the entire game. The varsity girls often put together long periods of possession where Cambria Heights could do nothing but chase and hope for the best. LV has a strong midfield of Madie Glista, Emily Long, Mikayla Homyak, and Madee Lillicotch who did the most to control the possession and control the game. LVs first goal was scored in the 9th minute when Homyak found freshman forward Mia Lynn who fired one past the keeper for the early 1-0 lead. For the rest of the half LV was dominant but simply could not finish and LV would lead 1-0 at the half. At the half LV had 18 shots on goal to the Cambria Heights 0 which really shows the dominance! The second half for the most part was more of the same. LV had a few breakdowns were goal keeper Lexie Petrof had to make some saves but for the most part continue to control play. Lynn would score her second goal of the game midway thru the second half with a "highlight film" header coming off an equally brilliant Lillicotch assist. Petrof had to make 3 saves in the second half, one of them was a fantastic save and proof that she'll be ready to excel for LV this year! Defenders Emma Ryan, Anny Adams, and Brittany Finger were all very strong for LV in addition to everyone else mentioned.


                       The JV girls had a great afternoon as well in their opener rolling to a 5-1 win. Pretty dominant play early led to two quick goals, first by Emma Frey and the second by Sadie Hockenberry. Heights JV showed some signs of life and ended up getting one goal to make it a 2-1 game at the half. The second was all LV! Freshmen Rachel Caldwell and Lindsey Stormer would each get their first ever goals, the first assisted by Frey, that second by Hockenberry to make it 4-1. Frey would get on the scoreboard again with her second goal of the game late off an assist from little sister Abby Frey for the 5-1 final. In addition to the girls mentioned, LV got good minutes from freshmen defenders Morgan Glista and Izzy Saloom and freshmen midfielder Mallory Miller.The 5 goals scored is the most an LV JV team has scored in any game since 2009-10 season.


                      LV is back at it next Wednesday 9/2 when they travel to Derry for a scrimmage against the Trojans.

2015 LV Girls Soccer Looking to Improve, Return to Post Season

August 25, 2015

          The 2015 edition of the LV girls soccer team is one successful week into the new season and excited to build on last year's playoff berth and really have a great season! 8 seniors return, all with varsity experience- led by 3 year returning lettermen Madie Glista and Molly Horrell and 2 year returning lettermen Emily Long, Emma Ryan, and Madee Lillicotch. Additionally, LV will look to some underclassmen to carry big roles. Sophomores Rachel Adams and Mikayla Homyak will be a big part of the offense plans and the new goalkeeper is sophomore Lexie Petrof who showed great potential as a freshman last year backing up Helene Bloom.

           This year's crew has the largest, and possibly most overall talented, group of freshman LV girls soccer has ever had. There are 11 freshman this year on the LV soccer team, several who could play prominent roles even this year including Mia Lynn, Abby Frey, or Morgan Glista. 


              This Thursday, 8/27, the girls will get things underway with a scrimmage at home against Cambria Heights. They will follow that up with a scrimmage at Derry next Wednesday 9/2 before opening up the season Saturday 9/5 at Shaler.


             Please check back to this site often throughout the year for updates, stats, schedules, directions, and more!

Highlights from past seasons

August 5, 2015

Here are some of the better moments from the past few years of LV girls soccer...

LV Girls Out in Full Force for Miracles From Maggie Fundraiser

September 22, 2014

              For the second year in a row, the LV girls soccer team was a very active participant in this Saturday's Miracles From Maggie 5K to benefit Pediatric Cancer. Last year the girls had a very impressive 10 team members and 3 coaches show up to run the race. This year, they truly outdid themselves. 23/28 LV girls showed up to run the 5K on Saturday with many of them bringing family to join in the support of such a great cause. The boys team was equally impressive with 23 representatives themselves making the LV Soccer 5K team far and away the biggest team in the race!


                LV girls were well represented on the podium as well, sweeping the Female 16-19 age division. Madie Glista finished 3rd in the age group, Jessica Anto finished 2nd, and sophomore Emma Frey was the fastest of all the soccer girls, winning the age group with a time of 25:40. Coach V ended up on the podium as well finishing 3rd in his age group (although he was admittedly pretty lucky there were only 5 people in his age group unlike the girls who had many many other competitors they had to beat!). Many of the boys soccer players were on the podium as well. Truly a great day for LV soccer!

LV Soccer 5K Team on 9/20/14

Shocker in Berlin! LV Girls Cruise to Big Victory Over Rival Mountaineers!

September 18, 2014

                          Everyone had high expectations but nobody expected this! Thursday afternoon LV girls proved to themselves and anyone in attendance exactly how good they can be when they put a complete game together. A textbook example of playing the full 80 minutes and playing together as a team led to a shockingly easy 5-1 win over a very strong Berlin team. In 12 previous trips to Berlin, LV stood at 2-9-1 with only 1 win the last 8 years at Berlin (2012)


                      Jessica Anto got the scoring started for LV in the 8th minute when she would finish a Zoe Bergman assist to give LV the early lead. The game was back and forth for the next 20 minutes or so. LV had the better possession but Berlin were not without their chances as well. In the 25th minute, Molly Horrell scored a nice goal making a wide run forward off a Madie Glista assist to give LV a 2-0 lead which they would take into the half.

                    LV was expecting a fierce Berlin coming out in the second half and they got it but....they were even better. Rachel Adams got on the scoreboard in the 2nd minute of the 2nd half with an unassisted goal to give LV a 3-0 lead. Adams was at it again 10 minutes later finishing an Emily Long assist with a great shot into the far corner to give LV a 4-0 lead and, essentially seal the game. Anto would score the 5th goal with 20 minutes left off a nice assist from Emma Ryan to make it 5-0. Even though Berlin was able to get on the scoreboard with 7 minutes left, it did nothing to take away from an incredible win. Long led the way with 32 dispossessions followed close behind by Nicole Cramer and Emily Bucklen with 25 each. Long also led the way with 30 passes followed by Jenna Deem with 24 and Jessica Anto with 21.  Helene Bloom made 8 saves in the win.


                  Now standing at 4-2, LV is off until Tuesday when they will face conference foe Saltsburg at home.

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 ( .

           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 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 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.