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Huntingdon Bearcat Girls Varsity Soccer

Oct 7, 2017 - News Article- Tyrone

Girls’s Soccer:

Huntingdon, Tussey win By TY R. STATES Sports Writer

Huntingdon was all business against visiting Tyrone Thursday and controlled the entire match. Heather Gutshall scored four goals -- giving her 50 for her career -- to lead the Bearcats to a 6-1 win over the Golden Eagles.

The ‘Cats (7-4-1, 7-2-1 ML) have won their last two after a three-game slide. Huntingdon beat Tyrone 6-0 earlier in the season.

“That’s the way we drew it up. That’s the way it’s suppossed to happen,” Huntingdon head coach Michael Armstrong said. “You move the ball from inside to outside and back in and score goals.”

During the three-game losing streak the Bearcats didn’t score at all during that time. A six-goal outbust is sure to help everyone the rest of the way.

Pretty much immediately out of the gate the Bearcats controlled the ball and started taking shots. Gutshall, Rachel Gwinn, Sydney Sellers, Maddie DeForrest and others were getting involved in the offense.

Gutshall collected the first three goals of the game. DeForrest assisted on the first goal nine minutes into the match.

Five minutes later Gutshall scored again off a throw-in, carrying the ball across the top of the box before firing the shot.

After a free kick by Jordan Hawkins, Gutshall took advantage of the good position it created to make the score 3-0.

“The play from Rachel (Gwinn) and Jordan (Hawkins) in the middle was top notch tonight,” Armstrong remarked.

Jenna Powell started the next scoring play with a long ball. Corinne Reamer got the ball to DeForrest who gave the ‘Cats a 4-0 lead with her sixth goal of the year.

The Eagles got on the board with 6:18 to go before the half on a nice, long shot from a direct kick.

Sellers set Gutshall up for her fourth goal early in the second half. Gutshall has 13 on the season and is still in position to chase down Katie Young for the Bearcat girls’ career scoring record.

Only five minutes later Gutshall added an assist as Gwinn scored for a 6-1 advantage.

The Bearcats junior varsity (5-2-1) downed Tyrone 3-1. Sellers scored twice and Megan Lynn had a goal.

Huntingdon heads to Bald Eagle Area Monday.

Oct 7, 2017 - News Article-Clearfield

Bearcats get needed 2-1 win at Clearfield

Huntingdon came back from Clearfield Tuesday with a much-needed win. The Bearcats were able to take a 2-1 decision.

The win ends a three-game slide where the ‘Cats (6-4-1, 6-2-1 ML) were shut out in each contest. Sydney Sellers scored the game-winning goal in the first half.

“Overall it was a wellplayed game,” Huntingdon head coach Michael Armstrong said. “We possessed the ball and moved it around, playing our game.”

 

Huntingdon outshot the Bison 24-5. Jordan Hawkins and Rachel Gwinn played key roles in helping distribute the ball. Kylie Glorioso moved to center-mid, with Heather Gutshall out wide, and did well putting pressure on the Bison and creating shots.

Alayna Ryan was a good challenge for the Bearcat defense to contain. She put Clearfield up 1-0 with 24:32 left in the first half.

An own goal by the Bison tied the game 1-1. The Bearcats went ahead 2-1 seconds before intermission. A blocked shot came out to her feet, Sellers shielded, turned and struck a shot to the low far post for her third goal of the year.

Huntingdon controlled the majority of the match and had all the shots it could ask for, they just were going right to goalkeeper Hayley Moore.

“It’s nice to get in the win column and what we needed to get going in the right direction,” Armstrong remarked.

Huntingdon is back at Detwiler Field Thursday to face Tyrone.

Oct 6, 2017 - News Article-Altoona

Huntingdon girls lose 1-0 to Altoona

High School Girls’s Soccer: By TY R. STATES Sports Writer

Huntingdon has hit a rough stretch against good teams as it tries to get back into form. The Bearcats played right with visiting Altoona Saturday but dropped a 1-0 decision.

The ‘Cats (5-4-1) have lost three in a row and did not score a goal in any of those games. It’s not time to panic though.

“A 1-0 loss on a bouncing ball in the box on a corner, you can’t hang your head on that. Those things happen,” Huntingdon head coach Michael Armstrong said.

This was a good match, leaning more to the defensive side of play. There were not many shots to be had for either side.

“We changed our game plan and went to a more defensive, wait for the opportunity and exploit it. More of a counter attack style in the first half,” Armstrong explained. “In the second half we wanted to play higher pressure.”

Emily Walters and Katelyn Kelsey each had a shot in the first half. Katie Shultz kept the game scoreless after 40 minutes of play for the Bearcats.

Corinne Reamer and Mikaela Reed were in the box with the ball, and the goalkeeper, on the ground but couldn’t get the shot to go early in the second half. Heather Gutshall and Reamer teamed up for another chance to score.

The Mountain Lions broke through with 21:19 left to play. On the corner kick, Altoona was able to knock the ball home.

“The mentality of where we are now is back where it was a couple weeks ago and that’s good,” commented Armstrong. “The thing that we did well is we controlled the game without the ball and then we controlled it with the ball and that’s a huge step in the right direction.”

Altoona won the junior varsity game 4-1.

In junior high action, the girls lost 5-0 at Bald Eagle Area.

Huntingdon heads to Clearfield Tuesday.

Oct 6, 2017 - News Article-Central

Huntingdon loses 5-0 at Central

Huntingdon started the new week with a tough match at Central Monday. The Bearcats had their moments, but the Scarlet Dragons played the better game and won 5-0.

It was only the second time this season the ‘Cats (5-2-1) have been shutout, the first being 3-0 against Hollidaysburg.

Head coach Michael Armstrong saw some good things, but also said the defense may have been a little timid.

 

“It was a physical battle. Possession looked good but we couldn’t convert.”

Ashley Negley scored three goals for Central.

Huntingdon kept from falling behind any further in the second half. Junior Varsity players got their chance to do some work and played well.

“Play from Lissy Kinder and Katelyn Kelsey during the end of the second half showed how physicality and hard work can change a game,” remarked Armstrong.

The Bearcats are back home Wednesday against Bellefonte. The season-opener saw Huntingdon top the Red Raiders 1-0.

Junior High

Huntingdon’s girl’s junior high team came up just shot against visiting Spring Cove 2-1.

Spring Cove outshot the Bearcats (3-3) 11-5. Simone Bilich had nine saves for Huntingdon.

Cynthia Fagan scored her first goal of the season for the ‘Cats.

Huntingdon heads to Bellefonte Wednesday

Sep 23, 2017 - News Article-Philipsburg

Huntingdon blasts PO By TY R. STATES Sports Writer

Huntingdon piled up plenty of goals against visiting Philipsburg-Osceola Thursday. Six different players scored as the Bearcats blasted the Mounties into submission 9-2.

Maddie DeForrest ended up with the hat trick and an assist. Heather Gutshall scored twice and assisted once. Mikaela Reed had a goal and two assists.

The Bearcats (5-1-1) have enjoyed playing the Mounties for a long time now. Huntingdon has won 15 in a row against Philipsburg and are 16-0-1 since the last time they lost to them. Philipsburg beat the ‘Cats twice in 2008.

 

The nine goals is also the most scored by the Bearcats since a 9-0 win over the Mounties in 2009.

Huntingdon scored in the first minute of play and even then it seemed that there would not be a problem in coming away with the win.

“The tendency is to get lazy and play bad soccer,” head coach Michael Armstrong said of a team in a blowout game. “We stressed at halftime that you still need to play our game so we can get better.”

Just under a minute into the match the Bearcats scored. Reed sent the ball ahead to Gutshall who made a move at the baseline and scored past Anya Tocimak.

The Bearcats took charge and easily controlled the match. Only a few minutes later Gutshall centered the ball to DeForrest for a 2-0 lead.

The Mounties rotated two goalkeepers throught the night. Still inside of 10 minutes of play the ‘Cats went up 3-0. Reed passed to DeForrest for another goal.

Huntingdon led 5-0 at halftime. Reed took a corner kick that went off the keeper and into the net. Later after a shot by Jenna Powell, Sydney Sellers scored in the box on the rebound.

Huntingdon scored just over a minute into the second half. This time DeForrest assisted on Gutshall’s ninth goal of the year.

Philipsburg got on the board after a little miscommunication and then a shot that went high over Katie Shultz.

Rachel Gwinn and DeForrest pushed the score to 9-1. The Mounties were able to pick up one more goal with 10:29 remaining.

Huntingdon plays a big Mountain League match at Central Monday that will go a long way in determining who wins the league.

Sep 23, 2017 - News Article- Penns Valley

High School Girls’ Soccer:

Huntingdon ties; Tussey shut out Huntingdon made its first foray into overtime this season at Penns Valley Tuesday. A hard-fought match went through two extra periods and ended in a 3-3 tie. The Bearcats (4-1-1) trailed 2-0 at halftime. Huntingdon went in front 3-2 but the Rams forced overtime with a goal inside of 10 minutes left to play. “We came out flat and couldn’t hold things together,” Huntingdon head coach Michael Armstrong said. “We struggled getting off the bus and dealing with their quick and physical play. “In the second half we settled and changed things up a bit giving Megan Lynn and Abbi Henney some serious minutes to help us solidify our midfield by having them play defense.” Less than two minutes into the contest the Rams got on the board. With 28 minutes to go in the first half Penns Valley was up 2-0. Jordan Hawkins assisted Maddie DeForrest early in the second half for Huntingdon’s first goal. Heather Gutshall scored on a penalty kick to tie the game with 15:53 still to play. She has seven goals on the year and has at least one in every game so far. Mikaela Reed put the ‘Cats in front with under 10 minutes to go, but Penns Valey’s Abagail Martin knotted things again at 3-3 on a free kick just out of the reach of Katie Shultz. The overtime periods were back and forth but neither team could convert on opportunities. Amanda Gwinn scored for the Bearcats in the junior varsity game that also ended tied 1-1. Huntingdon is home Thursday for Philipsburg-Osceola.

Sep 18, 2017 - News Article- Bald Eagle

By TY R. STATES Sports Writer The Bearcats won 4-1. Photo by JAY WHITESELHuntingdon is off to a good start and kept improving Wednesday against visiting Bald Eagle Area. Heather Gutshall scored once and added two assists as the Bearcats took care of the Eagles 4-1. The Bearcats (4-0, 4-0 ML) are seeing good things on the field as players start performing at expected levels. A slow start saw the ‘Cats leading just 1-0 at halftime, but three second half goals secured the win. “It’s coming together,” Huntingdon head coach Michael Armstrong said. “We were flat, the movement of the ball was there, the passing to feet was there but it wasn’t quick. It wasn’t sharp.” Huntingdon played in control the majority of the contest, but for awhile things weren’t crisp. Passes weren’t quite connecting, shots were off target, but the defense was ready when Bald Eagle made its forays up the field. Jaelyn Mitchell and Mikaela Reed close things down and goalkeeper Katie Shultz is there when something does make it through. If Gutshall wasn’t taking a shot, she was creating one for a teammate. Kylie Glorioso and Maddie DeForrest had early opportunities at the goal. Midway through the first half the Bearcats got on the board. Gutshall fed Sydney Sellers in the box and she scored past Charlotte Harris to the right corner of the net. Two minutes into the second half the Bearcats went up 2-0. Glorioso sent a long ball where Gutshall raced in at Harris and beat her for the goal, Gutshall’s sixth of the season. She has scored in each of the first four games of the season. Five minutes later the Eagles made it a 2-1 game. Sarah Gates got by a defender and hit a shot high and into the net. Bald Eagle maintained some pressure after that, but Huntingdon was able to turn things around. Gutshall assisted on DeForrest’s first goal of the year. The sophomore found space in the box, drove right at Harris and buried the shot. A few minutes later it was Mitchell scoring from inside the box after a furry of shots. Mitchell’s hit caromed off the cross bar, down and then back into the goal. The Bearcat junior varsity (2-1) topped the Eagles 3-0. Olivia Langenbach, Jenna Powell, and Kayla Cianci scored goals. Huntingdon goes up against Hollidaysburg today at 6 p.m. at Detwiler Field in a rematch from last year’s District 6-AAA championship.
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