The Wellsboro Lady Hornets soccer team were handed their first loss of the season when they traveled to Athens on Thursday, Oct. 9 to face the Lady Wildcats in a heartbreaking 2-1 down-to-the-wire game.
The first half of play ended scoreless, and looked reminiscent of their first matchup that ended in a 1-1 tie, but Athens quickly put two goals up in the second half to put Wellsboro in a tough position with just over 30 minutes left to play.
Wellsboro struck back with just under seven minutes remaining, and Kerrah Clymer scored her 24th goal of the season on an assist from Cara Tennis, and closed the gap to 2-1 with plenty of time to possibly score one more goal and push the game to overtime.
Unfortunately, the tough Athens defense held strong, and ended the game with a score of 2-1 with Wellsboro being dealt their first loss in a season where they have dominated every team, except Athens.
In the loss, Lilli Abadi continued to be tough in the goal, and was able to record five saves in the effort and keep her team in the game until the final buzzer.
In their next effort against the North Penn-Mansfield Lady Tigers, the Horents bounced back in a big way and had yet another big day on the offensive side of the ball with a 9-1 win to push their record to 7-1-1.
Clymer continued her amazing season scoring the ball, and after setting the Wellsboro record for six goals in a game earlier this season, put together a seven goal effort in the win to supplant herself on the top of the list.
Jordyn Abernathy opened up the scoring early and then Clymer went on a rampage, scoring the next five goals of the game all in the first half to give Wellsboro a huge 6-0 advantage.
Wellsboro closed the game out 3-0 in the second with Clymer adding two more goals and Abernathy adding a second on the day to give Wellsboro their seventh win of the year.
The now 7-1-1 Lady Hornets sit atop the NTL standings behind Athens with the same record. With the Lady Wildcats holding the tie-breaker, the Hornets will need Athens to drop their finale to Towanda in order to claim an NTL title.
Wellsboro hosted the North Penn-Mansfield team on Wednesday, Oct. 14 and will play their finale against the Sayre Lady Redskins on Oct. 17.