Russo's goal lifts Pleasant Vy.
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Shawn Spina (10) pushes the ball up the field as Lehighton defender Emily Mantz chases her from behind.
Pleasant Valley head coach Jessica Frantz's game plan against Lehighton was simple.
"We wanted to come out with intensity and pass the ball consecutively until we put the ball in the cage," said Frantz.
It seemed as if the opening whistle blew, and the ball found it's way to the back of Lehighton's cage.
Just minutes into Monday's Mountain Valley Conference clash between Lehighton and Pleasant Valley, senior Melissa Russo scored the game's only goal as the Bears posted a 1-0 victory.
"We came out flat and unfortunately they got an early jump on us," said Lehighton coach Lamar Long. "We defended the rest of their opportunities pretty well though. Had that goal not gone in, we would probably be in overtime right now."
Pleasant Valley kept the pressure on the Indians for much of the game. The Bears' midfield played well in order to keep the ball on Lehighton's half of the field for a majority of the contest.
The Pleasant Valley midfield played a huge factor in accumulating nine corners and over 15 shots on goal.
"My midfield held strong today and did a very good job of containing Lehighton," said Frantz. "They kept getting pressured as there were a lot of balls centered, but they played well."
Also contributing to Pleasant Valley's victory was the strong play of their goalkeeper.
Rachel Wild made a ton of beautiful saves, including one as time expired on an Indian corner.
"She's an awesome player, the girls really trust her out there," said Frantz. "Rachel is a great leader and I'm extremely glad to have her on board."
Lehighton stepped up its play in the second half after Long made some halftime adjustments
"I moved some players around to transfer the ball to the other side of the field,"said Long. "We made the adjustments we had to make, but we didn't execute goal scoring as well as we should have.
"We've been working on aggression, stepping to the ball, and not backing down to anyone."
Long took a timeout with about three minutes left in the contest. After the timeout, the Indians furiously attempted to tie the game up. Lehighton had three shots on goal within the last two minutes, including the shot off the corner as time expired
Pleasant Valley goalkeeper Rachel Wild made a clutch save on the final shot and the ball was cleared to wrap up the victory.
Lehighton also got a strong game from its goalie as Lauren Burrows turned away repeated pressure from by Pleasant Valley.