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 BY JEFF FALK

 ANNVILLE – Not as good as a win. Not as bad as a loss.

 Nobody likes a tie. Sports is, after all, a result-based pursuit.

 But in this particular instance, it was the most equitable of outcomes.

 On an immaculate Thursday after-school at Annville-Cleona High School,  the Little Dutchmen girls’ soccer squad and visiting Lancaster Country Day fought to a well-deserved 1-1, double-overtime draw. After the sides traded goals in the contest’s first 13 minutes, they battled throuh 87 minutes of score-less, but action packed, soccer.

 The outcome – or non-outcome – left Annville-Cleona 4-3-1 on the season and 3-2-1 in Section Four of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. In the latest District Three Class A power rankings, the Little Dutchmen were situated sixth.

 The result made Lancaster Country Day 3-4-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the section.

 “It keeps us in the hunt for the playoffs in single A,” said Annville-Cleona first-year head coach Jim Blouch. “I don’t know if it helps us or hurts us. We’re hoping districts will be the result of our season. A win definitely would’ve helped us.

 “From past experiences, I curbed my idea of expectations,” Blouch continued. “It takes some time to instill excellence in a program. We’re not there yet, but hopefully we will be. My simple goal was to continue to improve throughout the season. As long as we’re doing that, that’s what we want.”

  For the most part, the play was even and back-and-forth throughout. Each team generated its share of scoring opportunities, which included breakaways, semi-breakaways and hard shots that sailed wide.

 Both keepers – Alyssa Ulrich for the Little Dutchmen and Anna Sotirescu for the Cougars – held up well under pressure.

 “It was a game I thought we should’ve handled,” said Blouch. “We didn’t capitalize on our chances. We had our opportunities, and I thought the girls played well in overtime. It was a well-fought game on both sides. Both teams battled. It was a fairly equal contest.

 “I think the girls were physically challenged towards the end,” added Blouch. “Both sides created opportunities. I thought both sides had a chance to score that winning goal. It was somewhat of an exciting game.”

 Annville-Cleona grabbed a 1-0 lead just 3:15 into the match.

 From the right wing, Little Dutchman Emily Brown-Suarez played a high ball into the Panther goal mouth. And when the Lancaster Country Day defense failed to clear the ball, A-C’s Mia Bucher was there to deposit it into the back of the net.

 “We crossed it in front,” said Blouch. “On the far side, our midfielder, Mia Bucher, got a hold of it. She did a nice job.

 “We’ve been battling in most of our games,” Blouch added. “We’ve played well in most of our games. We’re just trying to improve each game.”

  It took Lancaster Country Day exactly 9:18 of game clock to come up with an answer.

 On the left side of the field, Cougar Florence Schaumann crossed a ball towards the Annville-Cleona, and the active Ulrich came off her line to play it. But the ball slipped out of Ulrich’s gloves and fell to the ground, where LCD’s Julia Mocny was positioned perfectly to blast it home.

 “I thought our four defenders did a nice job,” said Blouch. “There was one defensive mistake and that ended up being a goal.”

  The final stat sheet had Lancaster Country Day out shooting Annville-Cleona 12-10. The Panthers were awarded four corner kicks, compared to the Little Dutchmen’s two.

 “I’m pleased with the girls,” said Blouch. “It’s a good group. They respond to what I tell them. They’re willing to learn the game.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 Annville-Cleona Girls’ Soccer Schedule

 
 
Date Opponents Outcomes  
8/30
4:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at New Covenant Christian 
   
8/31
9:30 am
Annville-Cleona
at James Buchanan
0
4
 
8/31
11:00 am
Fannett-Metal
at Annville-Cleona
1
3
 
9/04
4:00 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Annville-Cleona
0
8
 
9/06
4:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lancaster Catholic
0
2
 
9/13
4:00 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Annville-Cleona
2
4
 
9/16
7:15 pm
Lebanon
at Annville-Cleona
0
7
 
9/17
7:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Pequea Valley
0
4
 
9/19
4:00 pm
Lancaster Country Day
at Annville-Cleona
   
9/23
6:00 pm
Lancaster County Christian
at Annville-Cleona
   
9/24
4:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lebanon Catholic
   
9/26
4:00 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Annville-Cleona
   
9/30
4:00 pm
Pequea Valley
at Annville-Cleona
   
10/04
4:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Northern Lebanon
   
10/08
4:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lebanon
   
10/10
4:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lancaster Country Day
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Lancaster-Lebanon League
 Section Four Standings
 
 
 
  League Overall
  W L T PCT W L T PCT GS GA
Lancaster Catholic 5 0 0 100.00 9 0 0 100.00 52 2
Pequea Valley 5 0 0 100.00 5 2 0 71.43 23 9
Annville-Cleona 3 2 0 60.00 4 3 0 57.14 22 13
Northern Lebanon 3 3 0 50.00 3 5 0 37.50 32 30
Lancaster Country Day 2 3 0 40.00 3 4 0 42.86 10 13
Lebanon Catholic 0 5 0 0.00 1 5 0 16.67 8 42
Lebanon 0 5 0 0.00 1 6 0 14.29 1 33
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 PIAA District Three
 Class A Power Rankings
 
 
A School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Camp Hill 9- 0- 0  0.771018  1.000000  0.491150  9.7  72.2  0.0  74.8
2 Fairfield 7- 0- 0  0.763893  1.000000  0.475318  6.7  63.6  0.0  70.2
3 West Shore Christian Academy 6- 1- 0  0.589031  0.842105  0.279717  4.8  29.7  0.9  76.4
4 High Point Baptist Academy 2- 0- 1  0.553886  0.729167  0.339655  1.8  19.7  0.7  38.3
5 Mount Calvary Christian School 5- 1- 1  0.512915  0.687500  0.299534  3.9  25.7  1.8  60.1
6 Annville Cleona 4- 3- 0  0.481050  0.521739  0.431319  3.6  55.0  3.3  72.5
7 Lancaster Country Day School 3- 4- 0  0.397842  0.380282  0.419304  2.7  53.0  4.4  73.4
8 Millersburg 3- 5- 0  0.336787  0.256098  0.435407  2.1  45.5  6.1  59.0
9 York Catholic 2- 6- 0  0.331462  0.232558  0.452345  2.0  59.8  6.6  72.4
10 Upper Dauphin Area 1- 3- 0  0.290538  0.184211  0.420493  0.7  49.5  3.1  68.2
11 New Covenant Christian School 2- 3- 0  0.287420  0.264151  0.315860  1.4  23.5  3.9  50.9
12 Linden Hall 1- 5- 0  0.286775  0.216667  0.372464  1.3  25.7  4.7  43.3
13 Brandywine Heights Area 1- 6- 0  0.275549  0.120000  0.465664  0.9  60.4  6.6  69.3
14 Lebanon Catholic School 1- 5- 0  0.257032  0.106061  0.441553  0.7  51.8  5.9  65.5
15 Harrisburg Christian School 1- 3- 0  0.245962  0.152174  0.360592  0.7  23.2  3.9  41.1
16 Lancaster County Christian 2- 5- 0  0.245956  0.177215  0.329973  1.4  24.6  6.5  49.9
17 Halifax Area 1- 7- 0  0.243730  0.077778  0.446561  0.7  48.1  8.3  59.6
18 Christian School Of York 1- 4- 0  0.196801  0.118644  0.292326  0.7  24.0  5.2  58.1
19 Harrisburg Academy 0- 3- 0  0.154741  0.000000  0.343870  0.0  18.0  3.9  34.3
20 Logos Academy 0- 0- 0  0.000000  0.000000  0.000000  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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