D-9 soccer quarterfinals: Northern Potter 5, Port A 4 (OT)

The kick by Matt Lehman sliced toward the left corner of the Gator net, curving through traffic … ticking off the post … and in.

And just like that, with 4:37 remaining in overtime, Lehman’s team-leading 13th goal of the year sent defending District 9 Class A soccer champ Northern Potter to a hard-fought 5-4 quarterfinal win over Port Allegany. After knocking off the fourth-seeded Gators (12-7) on their home turf, the No. 5 Panthers (11-7-1) advance to face either top seed Karns City or No. 9 Redbank Valley in next Tuesday’s semifinal round.

But with five minutes left in regulation, despite controlling the ball for most of the game, outshooting Port 25-18, and dominating corners by a 15-2 margin, it looked like NoPo might not even make it to overtime when Sam Kysor’s direct kick gave the Gators a late 4-3 lead. The Panthers kept the pressure on, though, and Lehman headed home Matt Morgan’s corner with just 2:07 left to set up the heartstopping – and in Port’s case, heartbreaking – finish.
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Volleyball: Port A still perfect

With the 2011 North Tier League volleyball season down to its final days and the District 9 championships fast approaching, Port Allegany notched another pair of straight-set victories to remain unbeaten in non-tournament play heading into Thursday night’s rematch at once-beaten Coudersport.
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Gators “Go Pink,” wash out Red Raiders

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Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
Oct. 27, 2011

As a happy hometown crowd filed out of the Gator Field stands on Saturday after watching Port Allegany dismantle Cameron County, 54-6, coach Mike Bodamer delivered a simple message to Port’s postgame huddle:

“The real season starts Monday.”

That’s when, after practicing and playing since August and watching the Allegheny Mountain League scoreboard for the last two months, the Gators (7-1) can officially set their sights on unbeaten Coudersport in next Friday night’s showdown for the AML North division title. A berth in the league championship game awaits the winner, along with a chance at a high seed in the District 9 Class A playoffs.
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AML Football: Gators outlast Sheffield to move to 6-1

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Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
October 20, 2011

The Port Allegany Gators faced two opponents in last Saturday’s Homecoming game: A talented, determined Sheffield Wolverines team which had won two of its last three games, and a raw, blustery October afternoon that helped ground Port’s prolific passing attack.

That’s when Trent Neal made his presence felt. The junior running back powered his way to 65 tough yards on 14 carries, including a second-quarter touchdown run that put the Gators ahead to stay in their 19-6 victory.
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AML Football: Gators roll Hubs to stay in North race

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Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
October 13, 2011

Memo to Allegheny Mountain League football teams: If you’re trying to plan a successful Homecoming weekend, don’t invite Port Allegany to the party.

For the second Friday night in a row, the Gators’ prolific offense put a damper on their opponents’ halftime festivities, scoring the first seven times they touched the ball and cruising to a 48-13 win over Smethport.
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Volleyball: “30 For 30,” Gator style

In ESPN parlance, “30 For 30” refers to a series of documentaries marking the sports superpower’s 30th birthday. But in Port Allegany, those numbers have an alternate meaning right now – chronicling the dominance of the Gator volleyball team.

Building off last Tuesday’s signature win over Coudersport in a showdown of North Tier League unbeatens, Port High held serve in its next two matches, overwhelming Northern Potter and Austin to move to 10-0 (9-0 NTL).

That’s 10 straight-set sweeps – 30 wins in 30 regular-season games for coach Sharon Daniels’ club, with only Oswayo Valley (once) and Coudy (twice) managing to crack the 20-point barrier against the Gators. What’s the difference this year?

“I think the attitude of the girls,” Daniels said. “They’re motivated to push to win. Not only do we have the big goal of winning the match, but we’ve got a lot of smaller goals to reach that goal: Winning the game, winning the match. I think that’s the difference. That’s what we’re doing at practice as well.”
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Boys soccer: Gators sink Dutchmen in UAVSL showdown

With frontrunners St. Marys and Port Allegany battling for the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League North Division championship, last Thursday’s meeting between the two teams didn’t disappoint. The Gators eked out a 2-1 victory to beat the Class AAA Dutchmen for the first time in school history – and, more importantly, take over the top spot in the division.

“We always set multi-tiered goals,” head coach Aaron Clark said. “Playoffs is always first, and then building on the playoff seed. We’ve never seriously talked about a league title. This is the first year we’ve ever made a push. Getting that lead in the league is probably bigger for us (than clinching a playoff berth), because we knew that we were going to make playoffs. That was just bound to happen. We were confident that if we kept going, we were going to get a good seed, probably a home playoff game if we keep winning. But I don’t know how many times we’re going to get a chance to win the league, so we’ve got to make a push for it now if we’re ever going to do it.”
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