Port Allegany Reporter Argus
October 7, 2010
Coudersport 3, Port Allegany 1 (25-11, 25-15, 19-25, 25-18)
Port Allegany 3, Northern Potter 0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-23)
“We struggled with service receive in three out of four games. The game we handled service receive, we won. It really is that simple,” coach Sharon Daniels said after dropping the match to the Falcons.
Renee Edgell led the Lady Gator attack with 11 kills, with Rachel Taylor adding eight kills and three blocks. Kyley Mickle (nine service points, three kills, nine assists), Jenny Shelley (three kills, 11 assists, one block), and Becca Culver (four kills, four blocks) also contributed, while Becky Andrus paced the defense with 35 digs.
“As we close in on the halfway mark of the season, we have to play consistently in all aspects of the game to start gaining in the win column. The attitude of the team is positive and they are working hard in practice,” Daniels said.
The Lady Gators found that column on Tuesday night, sweeping Northern Potter at the Port High gym. Shelley led the way with seven aces among her 17 service points, adding nine assists and six kills. Andrus had 20 digs and Mickle chipped in 10 assists to set up power hitters Edgell and Taylor, who finished with seven kills apiece.
“The first two games we played consistent but just couldn’t get our offense going in the third,” Daniels said. “Ashley Woodruff (two kills) and Becca Lathrop (four aces) came off the bench to give us the needed boost to put the third game away.”
Now 4-4 (3-4 NTL), Port hosts Austin on Thursday night, then travels to Cameron County next Tuesday.
Boys soccer: Smethport 4, Port Allegany 2
On Tuesday afternoon, the Hubbers evened the season series against the Gators in a game played in a steady, cold rain.
“Smethport had two really nice goals on set pieces,” Port coach Aaron Clark said. “On their corner kicks, they were getting two touches on the ball without us stepping up to challenge. Their set pieces killed us.
“The weather definitely affected both teams,” he added. “I thought one of our goals was a direct result of that, when Ben Osani drilled a hard shot off their goalkeeper’s chest, and Tyler Kittilson scored on the rebound.”
Ken Kysor scored the other Gator goal, while Frank Austin made eight saves in the net for Port (4-6-1), which travels to St. Marys on Thursday to begin a four-game road trip. Last Thursday’s postponed game at Johnsonburg is now scheduled for next Monday, with the Gators heading to Coudersport the following night and Kane on Thursday.
Smethport 3, Port Allegany 2
Kane 7, Port Allegany 1
The Gator girls entered last Wednesday’s game against Smethport with four one-goal losses already on their résumé, and added another heartbreaker to the list as the Hubbers scored all three of their goals in the final 16:23 of the game to claim the “Ten-Mile Trophy” for the first time.
Julia Collver scored at 26:25 of the first half on an assist from Cheyenne Helo, and less than a minute into the second half, Carli Johnston ran down a loose ball and sent it past the diving Smethport goalkeeper to give the Gators a 2-0 lead.
But as time ticked away, the Hubs’ pressure mounted. Port keeper Jordan Edgell (13 saves) did all she could to keep them at bay, sliding to make one stop and leaping high to slap away another attempt. But with traffic in front of the Gator net on yet another corner kick, Smethport’s Liz Stratton headed in her second goal of the game with just 2:25 left on the clock to put the visitors in front for good.
“We had a fantastic first half. The defense held, the offense was hungry. Started out the same way in the second half, and then just had a mental letdown, I guess. I don’t know what else to say,” a frustrated Port coach Travis Cowburn said afterward. “This is going to test the mental toughness of our team.”
In Kane on Monday, Andrea Saquin, on pace for another all-star season, scored twice to lift the Wolves to the win. Fernanda Spallanzani scored the lone Port goal, while Edgell stopped 19 shots.
The Gators (0-9) hosted Ridgway on Wednesday, and hit the road for a game at Brockway next Monday.