LOYSBURG — After a disappointing loss to McConnellsburg in the ICC Championship earlier in the week, Northern Bedford girls’ soccer coach Marcus Yeatts was hoping that his team would come out strong in Wednesday’s District 5-AA quarterfinal game against Everett.
The second-seeded Lady Panthers did just that with 7 first-half goals with Abby Kline getting 4 of them in a 9-0 victory over ICC rival and seventh-seeded Lady Warriors.
Northern Bedford will host third-seeded Rockwood on Monday at 6 pm in a 5-A semifinal. Rockwood beat sixth-seeded Berlin, 7-2, on Wednesday.
“We wanted to come out and be aggressive by playing with energy at the beginning of the game,” Yeatts said. “We wanted to take control of the game at the beginning, which is something that we have been doing all year.
“I was looking for how the girls would respond after our last game. Tonight, we came out with the kind of energy that we’re going to need to come out with for the rest of the season.”
The Lady Black Panthers dominated the entire first half by not allowing a shot on goal in the first half and getting 7 goals and 12 shots.
It did not take long for the hosts to grab the lead. Northern had 2 shots in the first 4 minutes, but Kline got the Lady Panther on the scoreboard as she connected on a shot from 20 meters out with 35:16 left in first half. The ball hit the far side bar and bounced back in, barely crossing the line.
Northern continued to control the ball and kept the pressure on the Everett defense.
About 8 minutes later, the Lady Panthers went on a scoring binge with 3 goals in just over 3 minutes.
Kline pushed a pass to the front of the goal, where teammate Mariah Hall pushed the ball to the lower left side of the net for a 2-0 lead with 27:20.
Less than a minute later, Kline dribbled the ball toward the corner on the left side of the net before turning and hooking a shot in the far side of the net for a 3-0 lead.
Kline had the hat trick just over 2 minutes later. Emily Heck got a crossing pass, which connected with the foot of Kline and went into the net at 24:05 of the first.
The Lady Panthers got another goal just past the midway point of the first half. Reaghan Grimes worked the ball on the left side of the goal and passed it to the center with Ava Whisker driving it home for a 5-0 lead.
Two minutes later, Kline got her fourth goal of the night as her shot was deflected by a defender and got past the keeper for the 6-0 lead at the 17:46 mark.
The Everett defense got more pressure on the Lady Panthers and kept them from scoring as many chances for the final 17 minutes of the half.
Even so, Heck took a pass from Lydia Ritchey from about 25 meters out for the seventh goal of the half.
Everett controlled the ball for the final minute or two of the first half, but did not get any shots off.
That Everett defense allowed the Lady Warriors to get some shots in the second half, but the Lady Black Panthers added 2 more goals. Ava Helsel scored with 17:39 left in the game, while Hall added her second goal of the game at the 14:00 mark of the second half to set the final at 9-0.
“I’m proud of the girls,” said Everett coach Alex Tuzikow. “They played hard. We played better at the end of the year. Some of our younger girls were getting better.
“This is always so hard with the final game for the seniors. They worked so hard.”
Yeatts was happy with the effort and the results.
“That last game was rough, and that’s how it this time of year when every game is tough,” said Yeatts. “From here on out, every game is tough, and you have to be ready for every game.”
Northern Bedford improves to 18-3, while Everett ends the season with a 7-12 record.
NORTHERN BEDFORD 9, EVERETT 0
Northern Bedford 7 2 — 9