NEW BETHLEHEM — Kolton Kline and Declan Fricko each scored for Redbank Valley and Bulldogs senior goalkeeper Logan Wadding made those goals stand by only giving up a late C-L goal as the Bulldogs dashed the Lions playoff hopes with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night.
“The first time we played them we were coming off a game against Karns City the night before,” said Redbank head coach A.J. Blose, whose 2-9 team ended a long winless streak with a win at Forest Area over the weekend. “This time we didn’t get in a hurry and we scored first, which I think was a huge. We played much better soccer this time around.”
Wadding had stopped the first 14 shots he faced, including several from point blank range. His only blemish came when Jake Burns scored with just 36 seconds remaining in the contest.
“(Logan) is incredible and he’s the best goalie I’ve seen,” said Blose. “He’s kept us in games that otherwise we wouldn’t be in. He’s been phenomenal and is a vocal leader. He’s not one of our actual captains, but he’s definitely plays like a captain with his communication on the field.”
Kline opened the scoring at the 21:22 mark of the first half off a corner kick pass from Fricko. The lead would remain 1-0 until halftime.
C-L held a 6-5 advantage in shots during the first 40 minutes.
Wadding stopped a shot from right in front of the net on Kyle Schonbachler at the 30 minute mark of the second half. Fricko then added an insurance goal for the Bulldogs when the Lions failed to clear a corner kick for a 2-0 lead with 13:59 to play in the contest.
Wadding then stopped two point blank shots from in front of the net with 10 minutes left to keep the score 2-0.
Burns then scored on the rush with 36 seconds left to set the final score.
“You have to give them credit because they came out and acted like they wanted to win the game and they just outplayed us,” said C-L head coach Don Montgomery. “Their keeper was really sharp or it could have been a different story. They got those two goals and he made the stops he needed to.”
Ben Murtha made five stops on seven shots for C-L.
The Bulldogs host Keystone Thursday before closing the season next week with three games Monday through Wednesday — at DuBois Central Catholic, at home against Forest Area and home against West Shamokin.
In other games:
MONDAY, Oct. 8
Lady Bulldogs 0
Scoring four goals in a span of just over 12 minutes in the second half, the hosts pulled away for the shutout win over the Lady Bulldogs.
It was scoreless for the first 55 minutes, but Brookville dominated possession and field position before Madisyn Wolfe, Jillian Taylor, Alayna Haight and Emily Kramer scored for the Lady Raiders, who evened their record to 7-7 with their third straight win.
The Lady Raiders outshot Redbank Valley (6-6-2) 6-1 in the first half and 13-2 for the game. And while they controlled field position, the Lady Bulldogs probably had the best quality shot on goal, their only one of the first half when Brooke Eberle’s shot out front was stopped by Lady Raiders goalkeeper Avery Gilhousen with 2:12 left in the half.
A handful of Brookville scoring chances to start the second half was followed by the Lady Bulldogs’ only other shot, also from Eberle and stopped again by Gilhousen, before Wolfe put up the first goal of the game.
That started the streak, which included a penalty kick from Taylor.
“They had the momentum and rode it out in the second half,” Lady Bulldogs head coach Mike Dawson said. “Once they got the first one, the floodgates opened and they tacked on four. That was tough, but we didn’t give up and kept playing trying to get back into the game and that was refreshing to me.”
Dawson tried moving some players around without starter Karlee Shick in the lineup because of an injury.
“We messed around with some players in different positions,” he said. “It was a learning experience for the younger players who were plugged in as we tried to piece something together.”
Basically, their game at Keystone will determine whether the Lady Bulldogs elect to enter the Class 1A playoffs. They beat the Lady Panthers, 6-1, back on Sept. 4. They’ll finish the regular season next Wednesday in a makeup game at St. Marys.
“I’m still optimistic about the season,” Dawson said. “We’ve strung together a good year with 17 freshmen and sophomores, so I knew we’d have a learning curve and growing pains. But we’re playing pretty good over the last eight games or so, which is what you want to see, getting better as the season goes on.”
At Brookville in the second game of a varsity doubleheader, the Bulldogs weren’t going to make it two straight wins as the Raiders got goals from six different players, including three more from Jace Miner. J.P. Young, Brian Pangallo, Hayden Kramer, Logan Oakes and Tim Steele also scored.
The Raiders (5-7-1) led 3-0 at halftime and scored five in the second half as the Bulldogs, with perhaps the exception of hustling goalkeeping from Logan Wadding, were outplayed on the field. The Raiders outshot the Bulldogs, 22-7.
“Saturday was a step in the right direction and we’ve been playing better soccer, with the exception of today. We played bad,” head coach A.J. Blose said.
SATURDAY, Oct. 6
Forest Area 1
Ending a 27-game winless streak dating back to the end of the 2016 season, the Bulldogs notched their first win of the season as Nick Smith, Jimmy Gundlach and Anthony Baileys scored goals.
Koltin Kline assisted on two of the goals with Corben Beamer helping on the other.
“It was big for the morale of the team,” Bulldogs head coach A.J. Blose said. “We saw a lot of smiles on faces of people who’ve been playing three or four years and haven’t won. That was a good thing and it was a team win. We had a lot of kids involved in the scoring and playing good defense.”
Lady Bulldogs 4,
Forest Area 0
At Tionesta in the first of two varsity games, it was Brooke Eberle scoring three more goals in a win over the Fires.
Raegen Beamer added a goal while Rhiannon Laughlin, Molly Nolf and Kassidy Lee made assists.
Alena Keller earned the shutout in goal for the Lady Bulldogs.
THURSDAY, Oct. 4
Both teams had games canceled due to poor field conditions with the wet weather — the Bulldogs at home against Oil City and the Lady Bulldogs at St. Marys.
While the Oil City game for the boys hasn’t been rescheduled, the Lady Bulldogs will head to St. Marys on Oct. 17.
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3
West Shamokin 5,
At Rural Valley, Luke Alese scored all five goals as the Wolves blanked the visiting Bulldogs.