Smethport soccer hands Lady Dutch 6-2 setback

The Smethport Lady Hubber soccer team handed the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch squad a 6-2 loss Wednesday afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field.Wednesday was Senior Night for the Lady Dutch, with the seniors and their parents being recognized in special halftime ceremonies.It was also a “Pink Game,” with the Lady Dutch and Lady Hubbers showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink uniforms and socks.Smethport got on the board first when they scored with 25:31 left in the first half.St. Marys answered with a few scoring opportunities of their own, but were unable to find the mark.Sloan Foster of the Lady Dutch evened the score at 1-1 when she scored with 11:38 left in the half.Smethport took the 2-1 lead when they scored on a header with 8:18 left in the first half, as the Lady Hubbers held onto the 2-1 lead at halftime.St. Marys had eight shots on goal to Smethport’s four. The Lady Dutch also had two corner kicks, while the Lady Hubs had one.Smethport opened a 3-1 lead early in the second half, scoring with 39:13 left in the game.St. Marys had several scoring chances. Lauren Challingsworth, Stephanie Yetzer and Brittany Orr all had shots either go just wide or hit the cross bar or post.Yetzer found the net with 19:52 left in the game to close the Smethport lead to 3-2. Lady Dutch keeper Mia Keener came up with a nice save a short time later.Smethport scored with 17:01 left in the game as the ball bounced off a Lady Dutch defender into the goal to make it 4-2.The Lady Hubbers put the game away, scoring with 9:37 left and 9:02 left to make the final tally 6-2.“It was nice to see a good turnout for our fundraising event and our four seniors today,” said St. Marys coach Kelly Carr.“This time of the season every year is tough for the team, because the reality of having to say goodbye to the seniors really sets in. This season’s seniors, Megan Barber, Michelle Mecca, Brittany Orr and Kalie Schmader, are going to leave a real void. The spirit and personality that they have brought to the team throughout their time with us will be greatly missed, but luckily, unforgotten,” added Carr.St. Marys outshot Smethport by a 12-4 margin in the second half. Each team had one corner kick.The Lady Dutch, now 8-9 on the year, will close out their regular season on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Clearfield for a 3 p.m. contest.All proceeds from the concession stand and bake sale held by the Lady Dutch and Soccer Boosters were donated to breast cancer research.