DuBOIS — The DuBois girls soccer team closed out the regular season with a tough 4-0 loss to Hollidaysburg Wednesday the DuBois Middle School field.
The game was a physical one, with the teams playing an even first half that saw the Lady Tigers outshoot the Lady Beavers, 11-8. Both teams had good scoring chances in those opening 40 minutes, and it was Hollidaysburg that found a goal, scoring off a flurry following a direct kick in the 26th minute.
Hollidaysburg keeper Meghan Cutshall made six of her seven saves in the first half, while Lady Beaver netminder Emily Cherubini made five her her six stops in the opening 40 minutes,
The Lady Tigers took that 1-0 lead into the break before putting the game away with three second-half goals.
DuBois appeared to cut the Hollidaysburg lead to 2-1 just under 12 minutes into the second half when Maddison King banked a corner kick off the Lady Tiger keeper into the net. However, the official ruled the ball crossed the end line on the way in the from the corner, ending the play and giving the Lady Tigers a goal kick.
The call seemed to take some life out of the Lady Beavers, as Hollidaysburg went to score two more times to win going away. The teams played to a 4-4 draw at Hollidaysburg back on Sept. 19.
The setback saw DuBois end the regular season with a 9-6-2 record. The Lady Beavers now await official pairings for the upcoming District 9 Class AAA playoffs, which will also feature St. Marys (15-2) and Bradford (9-8) — two teams the Lady Beavers already own wins over.
DuBois swept Bradford this year by scores of 5-0 and 2-0 and also pulled out a hard-fought 3-2 win at St. Marys on Oct. 7.
“This wasn’t how we wanted to end the (regular) season, but we knew this was going to be a tough, physical game,” said DuBois coach Dave Martin. “This is always a good game, and there were many moments where I thought we were the better team, but there were opportunities we just needed to make.
“We just have to regroup and get ready for the playoffs, and the goal is to win districts now.”
DuBois was the team that came out strong and had a handful of scoring chances in the first 14 minutes.
Cutshall stopped DuBois’ initial shot of the game just past the 5-minute mark before the teams battled it out in the midfield the next couple minutes.
DuBois finally broke through the Lady Tiger defense on a nice give-and-go by Brianna Nelson and Reese Sayers, but Cutshall stopped a shot by Nelson at the near post. Less than a minute later Sayers ran down a long ball behind the defense but had a shot got just wide.
King then had a pair of scoring opportunities, but her first shot landed on top the Hollidaysburg net from the left side, while Cutshall stopped the second shot just past the 14-minute mark. Cutshall came up with another big save just under 17:00 in when she hustled out and blocked a shot off the foot of Sayers, who had again got behind the defense.
Hollidaysburg then swung the momentum in its favor and controlled the final 17 minutes of the half.
The Lady Tigers capitalized off a set piece in the 26th minute off a direct kick, which was the result of a pushing call on Lady Beaver Erika Adamson when she and Lady Tiger Sidney Pohar collided going after a loose ball.
A flurry ensued on the direct kick, with Cherubini making two nice saves on short-range shots in the box. However, the ball somehow squirted out of the melee in the box and rolled towards the net, and Pohar was there to fire it home to put Hollidaysburg up 1-0.
Cherubini made a couple more saves late in the half to help keep it a 1-0 game at the break.
Both teams had shots be just off the mark in the opening four minutes of the second half. Then just past the 7-minute mark Sayers again broke free behind the defense, but a Lady Tiger hustled back and bothered Sayers just enough as she fired a shot wide.
Hollidaysburg promptly pushed the ball back the other way, with Sydney Routch scoring less than a minute later at the 8:08 mark of the second half.
King momentarily appeared to pull DuBois within a goal at the 11:40 mark of the half, but Hollidaysburg seized control of things for good after the goal was wiped away.
Routch found the back of the net a second time 18:09 into the second half, while Jenna Heim closed out the scoring with 9:58 remaining in the game.