HYDE — The DuBois girls soccer team found themselves in the PIAA Class AAA Tournament for the second consecutive season on Tuesday evening at Clearfield High School.
Like last year, the Lady Beavers were outmatched by a District 7 opponent, this time falling to Mars, 7-1, at Clearfield High School.
“The last game (a 3-0 win in the District 9 title game over St. Marys last Monday), I saw a fire I hadn’t seen for a while,” said DuBois coach David Martin. “This game, I saw a joy from them that I hadn’t seen in a while.
“I told the girls we acheived our goal of having a winning season and winning districts. I told them to make the most of today. The girls were all pumped, and they were also looking forward to having a good time.”
The Planets, which are no stranger to the PIAA Tournament, improved their record to 17-2 on the season. Their lone losses of the season came to Upper St. Clair (4-1) in the middle of the season, and in last weekend’s WPIAL Championship game against Moon (3-2).
Mars wasted no time in getting on the board with the first goal of the game just 12 seconds into the game. Caroline Wroblewski cut her way through the Lady Beaver defense and fired a shot past the DuBois keeper for the initial score of the game.
The Planets were only getting started from there as they scored all seven of their goals in the first half.
Mars’ Taylor Hamlett put in the next goal at 6:36, getting her foot on the ball off a corner kick to the back of the net, giving the Planets a 2-0 lead.
Mars’ Ellie Coffield and Ellie Howell got their team the next two goals. Coffield put in her goal at 13:53 off a header from a cross pass, while Howell scored at 19:51 from the corner of the field. The DuBois keeper got a tip on the ball, but couldn’t make the catch on the play.
DuBois, which had just one shot in the first half, got it at the 22nd minute from Brianna Nelson.
A couple minutes later, Mars’ Maggie Williams added on to her team’s lead with a goal from the middle of the field, getting the shot off from around the 10-yard line. The ball crossed the goal line at 24:59.
Megan Zukowski got in on the Planets’ fun a minute and a half later, extending the Planets’ lead to 6-0 with a goal from close range.
Howell put in her second goal of the game at the 35:40 mark to end the Mars side of the scoring. The shot looked to be handled by the DuBois keeper, but the ball ended up trickling over the goal line, giving Mars a 7-0 lead.
The Planets held a 15-1 advantage in shots at halftime.
DuBois actually outshot the Planets in the second half, 3-2. Maddison King had the Lady Beavers’ first shot of the half in the 53rd minute before getting off another one late in the half.
DuBois put in their lone goal of the game at the 66:47 mark. The Lady Beavers had two players near the ball as it went in the goal, but it was undetermined who actually scored the goal.
Mars took the final shot count, 17-4.
DuBois keeper Emily Cherubini made eight saves on the night, while Mars goalkeeper Claire Valentine made three saves.
DuBois (12-6-2) will lose nine seniors to graduation.
“The seniors this year were freshmen when I first started coaching,” said Martin. “It’s always bittersweet, but this one’s epsecially bittersweet because for four years, they’ve been here.”
Mars will take on District 10 champion Villa Maria on Saturday in the PIAA quarterfinals. Villa Maria defeated South Park, 3-1, Tuesday.