Athens downs Williamson to claim NTL title.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | October 22, 2017


ATHENS — The Athens Lady Wildcats have been incredibly dominant in the Northern Tier League for over a decade.

On Saturday, their streak of NTL titles stretched to six seasons following a 12-0 rout over the Williamson Warriors.

"I told the girls that winning the conference title is one piece of what the year is and your first championship, and hopefully one of many," Athens Coach Rich Pitts said.

The top of the conference was interesting for Athens. For most of the season, the Troy Lady Trojans were keeping close tabs. But now solidified, Athens pulled away to force Troy into a second-place finish.

"Troy wasn't going to give us anything (this season), "Pitts said. "They battled us hard (down in Troy) earlier in the season. We came back up here and played a great game, our finest year against them."

Even though Athens did pull out a win against Troy, Pitts knows how it important it is to keep a close eye on the Lady Trojans.

"Troy is going to be tough in districts, but we want to be as equally tough and represent the northern part of District IV," he said.

Against the Lady Warriors, Taylor Reynard led the way with five goals. Emily Lunger added in three goals, while Ariana Gambrell, Haley Chambers, Abby Sindoni and Samantha Markle each had a goal apiece.

Rachel Hutchison contributed with four assists, and Emma Roe had two assists. Morgan Ferguson, Sophie Adams, Ferguson and Gambrell each chimed in an assist.

Athens took 44 total shots and had eight corner kicks.

Troy 5, Towanda 0

TOWANDA - The Trojans got a pair of goals from both Riley and Nicole McClellan in the win on Saturday.

Nicole McClellan started things at 34:35 off a Morgan Graybill assist and at 21:14 she had her second goal off an assist from her sister.

In the second half at 19:30 Libby Vogel scored off a Nicole McClellan assist.

Riley McClellan scored a pair of unassisted goals at 14:51 and 14:27 to cap the scoring.

Troy had 28 shots and six corners and Towanda had no shots or corner kicks.

Erica Locke had 23 saves for Towanda and Brianna Rathbun started in goal for Troy.

"Tough way to end the year, but Troy is a very skilled team and they are well coached," Towanda coach Dave Jurnack said. "It was a physical game and we fought hard throughout. I will really miss these young ladies, their fighting spirit and their determination to keep working hard no matter the obstacles."

Sullivan County 5, North Penn-Mansfield 2

The Griffins got a hat trick from Macy McCarthy in the victory.

Stef Kramer and Bethany Beinlich added goals for Sullivan County.

Kramer started the scoring at 6:41 for Sullivan and McCarthy scored at 15:15 and 21:00.

Eva Rice scored off a Kiersten Mitstifer assist at 39:08 for North Penn-Mansfield before McCarthy scored again.

Ryann Upham scored for NPM off a Ryley Kotulka assist at 81:33 and at 87:36 Beinlich scored.

Sullivan had 17 shots and 12 corners and NPM had six shots and three corners. Sam Skoranski had four saves for Sullivan and Alaina McKee had 16 saves for North Penn-Mansfield.

Sullivan won the JV game 2-0 on goals by Jaeden Patson and Beinlich.

Wellsboro 3, Sayre 2

The Green Hornets got two goals from Jena Boyce and Kaitlyne Kramer had a goal in the win.

Stephanie Klovekorn and Blair Wampole had goals for Sayre, it was the first of Wampole's career. Gabby Randall had an assist for Sayre.

Camry Lane had 16 saves for Sayre and Sydney Tremper had 10 for Wellsboro.

Wellsboro had 27 shots and five corners and Sayre had 13 shots and one corner kick.