Peaking at the perfect time, the Port Allegany girls soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to four games, tying Kane and beating Ridgway and Eisenhower last week to improve to 6-5-1 (3-2-1 UAVSL North) on the season. Looking ahead to the playoffs, the Gator girls are now 5-0-1 against potential District 9 Class A foes.
Port United 1, Kane 1
Rachel Buhl gave the Wolves an early lead in Monday’s game at Smethport, but senior forward Cailey Barnett netted the equalizer for the Gators, and neither team could score in the extra sessions.
Port United 3, Ridgway 1
On Wednesday, the Gator girls completed a season sweep over their rivals from Ridgway, with freshman Evin Stauffer scoring her second and third goals of the season and Barnett tallying for the third consecutive game.
“Very good game for us today,” Port coach Tony Edgell wrote via text message. “Controlled the game from the beginning, passes were good.”
Port United 3, Eisenhower 2
After Barnett set up running mate Emma Fox for an early score to give the Gators a 1-0 lead on Senior Day, the visitors responded with goals from Cassie Smelko and Leah Peterson to go into the break up 2-1. Port tied it on another Barnett-to-Fox connection, and took the lead for good on a pass from Stauffer to Barnett to earn a split against the Damsels. Budd made seven stops for the Gators, with Eisenhower keeper Faith Johnson collecting five saves.
Seniors Fox, Barnett, Kayla Copp, Angela Smith, and Yarielly Colon were honored during Senior Day festivities. With their final season winding down, Fox has 33 career goals (10 this year), with Barnett right behind her at 31 (nine this season).
The win was “extremely important. We have another difficult stretch coming up,” Edgell wrote, noting that his club is scheduled to play five games in seven days, including another Saturday matinee, before finishing out the regular-season slate with a game against defending D-9 champ Brockway.
The Gators host Wellsboro on Monday and Elk County Catholic on Tuesday, then head north of the border for their Bolivar-Richburg Tournament opener on Wednesday before traveling back to Allegany County on Saturday for the second game.
NEXT WEEK: Brockway, Oct. 14, 4:30 p.m.
(Regular season ends)
-The Port boys split a pair of non-league games, outlasting Elk County Catholic, 3-2, in double overtime at Smethport on Monday, then falling 4-3 to Eisenhower on Saturday morning.
Against ECC, Simon Burleson and Shawn McNeil scored in regulation for the Gators, but a pair of goals by the Crusaders’ Edward Messineo pushed the game into overtime before Howie Stuckey’s penalty kick found its mark to secure the victory with two minutes left in the second extra session.
Ty Guilds made 15 saves for the Gators, with ECC’s John Pettis stopping 19 shots in the other net.
On Saturday, Port fell behind Eisenhower 3-0, then couldn’t catch up to the visiting Warren County club. Stuckey, McNeil, and Jesse Wright scored for the Gators, with Guilds making 13 stops. Luke Smelko scored twice for the Knights, with Ike also getting goals from Max Caudill and Daren Glotz and eight saves from Gavin Labowski.
Stuckey leads the team with 21 goals (53 career), tied with Payton Caden for third place on the all-time PAHS list. McNeil’s two markers this week were the 25th and 26th of his career, breaking a four-way tie with Sam Kysor, Tyler Payne, and Ken Kysor (24 each) to take sole possession of eighth place.
Port (9-3, 5-1 UAVSL North) closes out its home schedule with a visit from Coudersport on Oct. 9, then goes on the road for a rugged three-game road swing to close out the regular-season schedule, starting with a trip to two-time defending District 9 Class A champ Brockway on Oct. 10.
The Gators currently hold a half-game lead over Kane (7-6, 5-2 UAVSL North) in the division standings, meaning a win against either Coudy or St. Marys would clinch at least a share of another North title, Port’s second in a row and the seventh overall in the program’s 14-year history.
NEXT WEEK: At St. Marys, Oct. 14, 4 p.m.; at Bradford, Oct. 16, 5 p.m.
(Regular season ends)