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Oct. 6, 2017

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.

 

 

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