JT, Tamaqua girls soccer gain wins
Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua breezed to girls soccer victories to highlight Saturday's scholatic sports action.
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Jim Thorpe overcame an early deficit to defeat North Schuylkill, 5-2, in Schuylkill League action..
Spearheaded by Cat Condly and Chelsea Smelas, who had two goals apiece, Jim Thorpe scored five unanswered goals in the game to overcome an early 1-0 deficit. Condly also an assisted on an Alyssa Smith goal. Kristin Lawrence also had an assist for the Olympians.
Celeste Meriano had eight saves for Thorpe.
The Lady Raiders returned to the win column and did so in convincing fashion, defeating Nativity BVM, 6-0, in Schuylkill League action.
The Tamaqua offense lit up the scoreboard with six goals, but perhaps more impressive was the Raider defense that didn't allow the Golden Girls to take a shot on goal throughout the enire game.
Kayla Hope had a hat trick while Kailee Rottet had two goals and three assists for Raiders. Taylor Gerber also added a goal for Tamaqua.
Tamaqua (12-1, 9-1) outshot their opponents, 24-0.
Northwestern blanked Freedom in a non-league game, 5-0.
Lauren Horner had two goals and two assists for the winners. Samantha Partington, Paige Horner and Caileigh Landrigan also had goals for the Tigers (8-3-3) while Sara Jones and Hannah Beville contributed assists.
NW got eight saves in goal from Lorraine Feinour.
Freedom drops to 3-12.
Rachael Preitz scored the game-winning goal in the second half as Palisades edged Palmerton, 2-1, in a Colonial League game.
Palmerton's lone goal was scored by Jessica Pereira and assisted Kyla Rodrigues.
The hosts outshot Palmerton 18-13 in the game. Bomber goalie Devon Smith had eight saves.
Allen posted a 3-1 non-league win over Pleasant Valley.
Bethany Mink had a goal and two assists for the Canaries.
For Pleasant Valley, (5-9-1), Tai Dottery scored off an assist from Melissa Russo.
Both teams amassed 10 shots on goal in the contest.
Despite being outshot in the game, 32-3, Lehighton still made its non-league match up with Wilson interesting, before dropping a 1-0 decision.
Wilson's only goal was scored by Megan Keenan in the first half.
Lehighton goalies Lauren Burrows and Kristina Schnell teamed up for a combined 18 saves.
The Indians fall to 7-6-3 overall, 6-2-3 in the MVC.
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Williams pulled away for a 4-1 Schuylkill League win over Jim Thorpe.
Matt Rich scored the Olympians' goal off an assist from Benny Mazella.
Kyle Lawrence had 12 saves in the JT net.
Channing Shiffert had a hat trick and added an assist to help lead Northern Lehigh to a 6-0 non-league win over Lehighton.
The Bulldogs (9-6; 5-6) also received goals from Zeb Chiffert, Josh Pristash and Aaron Harding while Pristach, Thatcher George and Ryan Perkowski each had assists.
Northern Lehigh held a 23-6 advantage in shots.
Seth Leow scored off an assist from Griffin Koch in the second half to lift Southern Lehigh to 1-0 Colonial League win over Northwestern.
Despite the loss, the Tigers' Talon Williams had seven saves in goal.
Northwestern falls to 6-8-1. The Spartans improve to 9-2-3.
After two halves of regulation and two overtime sessions, the outcome was finally decided when Keith Wagner's goal lifted Blue Mountain to a 1-0 Schuylkill League win Tamaqua.
Blue Mountain, which outshot the Blue Raiders 10-4 in the game, got four saves from goal keeper Mark Travor, as he posted a shutout.
Meanwhile, Tyler Cimino stopped seven shots on goal for Tamaqua.
Blue Mountain also won the JV contest, 3-0.
Nazareth defeated the Pleasant Valley in straight games, 25-22, 25-18, 25-20.
Breanna Joseph had a nice game for the Bears with six kills and five blocks, Mackenzie Dorney had five digs, Steph Schmitt's six assists and Kiersten Griesback's five feeds aided the effort. Courtney Miller added three kills and three blocks.