WELLSBORO -- In a matchup between the two top boys soccer teams in the NTL between the Wellsboro Hornets and the Athens Wildcats, the contest didn’t disappoint.
The matchup boasted two of the best defenses in the league and the score reflected that with a 2-1 final score favoring the Wildcats.
The game opened up with neither team giving up an inch, with swarming defenses on the back end for both teams.
There was an aggression level throughout that set the tone for a defensive battle between the teams that got a bit chippy at times. The Hornets were the first team to get on the board, with Will Pourier skating through the defense to capture the goal and give the Hornets the first lead of the game. Athens stayed calm despite allowing a goal early and the defense tightened up from that point on forward.
The Wildcats continued their steady approach and were able to punch in a score with less than ten minutes left in the half to even up the score despite a tenacious defensive effort by the Hornets squad.
In the second half of the game the steadfast defenses continued, with Athens scoring in the first two minutes of play.
The Hornets continued to try and penetrate the Wildcats defense but came up short losing in a 2-1 loss.
The Hornets defense as a group was the standout in this matchup, holding a team that scores almost seven goals a game to just two. Goalkeeper Ethan Ryan had a spectacular performance, despite allowing two goals.
The Wildcats constantly pressured the Hornets defense, and he made a lot of impressive saves throughout and played a strong all-around game.
The game itself was a strong outing for the Hornets, showing that the gap between the first and second place spots in the NTL standings isn’t too large.
If these teams meet again, the Hornets will have a better understanding on how to put together the winning formula to take down a team that has come away with two narrow victories against them.
In the Hornets next contest they took on the Troy Trojans and put together an impressive turnaround game winning 8-2.
The Hornets scored six first half goals, and never looked back. Will Poirier reached an impressive milestone in the contest coming up with his 50th career assist in the first half.
Joseph Grab opened up the scoring early in the first half and the Hornets never looked back.
Alvaro Garza-Seijo added a whopping four goals in the contest with Owen Richardson, Zach Singer and Kaeden Mann all adding one goal in the offensive explosion. Poirier assisted on six of the Hornets eight goals to push him over the 50 mark for his career.
The Hornets have two games left on the schedule beofre the end of the regular season and they currently sit at 12-4.