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BROCKWAY - The Bradford Area Lady Owls scored three goals in 5:49 seconds in the second half of Monday evening's District 9-AA soccer playoff game at Brockway to defeat the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch, 3-0. The loss ended the season for the Lady Dutch, while the Bradford girls will take on the Clearfield girls on Wednesday night at Clarion for the District championship. Clearfield won over Ridgway by a 4-0 score for the right to meet Bradford for the District title.
"I am very proud of the way the girls played tonight, as they battled very hard and played very hard and aggressive for the 80 minutes," said Kelly Carr, St. Marys Area High Lady Dutch head coach. "Tonight's game was another team effort, as all the players contributed, but we just came up a little short."
"Overall it was a good season as the girls gave 100 percent all season long," added Carr. "We had hoped to play a few more games this season, but we lost to a very good Bradford team tonight and the girls can be proud of how well they played."
Offensively, the Bradford girls kept the Lady Dutch on their heels most of the game as they fired 39 shots on goal during the 80 minutes of play, with the St. Marys goalie, Mia Keener, making 17 saves. St. Marys managed 15 shots on goal with Brittany Orr, Sloan Foster and Stephanie Yetzer all coming up with some great shots, only to have the Bradford goalie make nine saves.
Bradford came up with six corner kicks in the game compared to just three for the Lady Dutch.
During the first half of action, the Bradford girls attacked the St. Marys goals throughout the half as they attempted 17 shots on goal, while Keener managed to block 10 of those attempts. St. Marys had nine shots on goal during the first half.
The second half found Bradford once again attacking the St. Marys goal many times, with St. Marys keeping them out of it. The Lady Owls scored their first goal of the game at the 5:57 mark, when Katelyn Visbisky kicked on past the St. Marys goalie to make the score 1-0. Just 34 seconds later, Visbisky booted one from the right side just past the outstretched arms of the St. Marys goalie to make the score 2-0.
The Lady Owls scored their final goal of the game at the 10:08 mark, when Megan Tingley put one in the left corner of the net to make it 3-0.
The Bradford goalie earned the shutout when she blocked two potential points by the Lady Dutch late in the game to preserve the 3-0 Bradford victory.
St. Marys finished out their season with a 9-11 mark.
Playing in their final game for the Lady Dutch were seniors, Megan Barber, Michelle Mecca, Brittany Orr, and Kalie Schmader.