Mavericks' defense shuts off Wildcats

September 13, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport girls soccer team was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten on Tuesday, falling to Manchester Valley 2-0.

The game started as a defensive struggle as with a scoreless first half. The two teams unloaded a combined three shots in the first 40 minutes.

“In the first half, we came out with a lot of energy and we were holding our own against (Manchester Valley),” said Williamsport coach Tim Salvagno. “But in the second half, they just plugged the holes and we didn’t.”

The Mavericks used a short burst to put the game out of reach.

In the 57th minute, Francesca Raimond fired the ball into the top left corner of the goal past Williamsport goalie Julia Price off of a throw-in from the corner. Two minutes later, a hard-luck rebound created by a Price save came to Kristen Cannon, who fed it to Alex Carhart for the 2-0 lead.

Williamsport had opportunities to come back, but Manchester’s staunch defense kept up a frenetic pace to shut down the Wildcats. Senior defender Taylor Bachman led the Mavericks’ backfield, using her closing speed to head off Williamsport scoring opportunities.

“We flat out got beat. On offense, defense — everything.” said Salvagno. “They were just a better team than us tonight.”

This was the Wildcats’ first game since defeating Boonsboro in the semifinals of the Washington County Public Schools tournament, but neither Salvagno nor his team will use that as an excuse.

“If we want to stay competitive in 2A, we need to be able to compete against teams like Manchester Valley,” Salvagno said.

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