In Tuesday’s conference duel the Saucon Valley girls soccer team (7-4) reigned supreme over the Pen Argyl Green Knights (7-6), keeping alive hopes to make Colonial League playoffs.
The Panthers struck first with a trademark trek up the right by junior wing Maria Donahue and a consummately centered ball to senior striker Lauren Giles, who keenly kneed it in. The Knights answered within minutes on a touch off a penalty kick. The bout was even at the half, 1-1.
Heralding their signature Panther Pressure, Saucon Valley curated a hat trick in the final 40 minutes of play. At 24:03 Giles crossed a gorgeous grounder to junior Jorryn Kyra who drilled it deep inside the back right corner. With 6:37 on the clock the Panthers kept battling and Kyra adroitly headed in a third goal. Then with :30 left to play, it was senior sweeper Lexi Guerrieri tapping a penalty kick to center midfielder Caroline Gilbert, who also found the net. As the Panther defense’s gravitas held the Knights scoreless in the second half, the final score was 4-1.
The Panthers host Notre Dame-Green Pond in the last conference match of the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. A senior recognition is planned to follow.
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About This Series: Andrew & Sonya Hughes of Hellertown are sponsoring another season of girls soccer coverage on Saucon Source to help recognize the achievements of our female high school athletes and in tribute to their own daughters, who were both stand-out athletes at their high school, where they played softball, soccer, basketball and field hockey. Between the two of them they earned 14 varsity letters in high school. “Female athletics was a big part of our family life for many years, but that journey ended at the high school level six years ago,” says Andrew. “Through those amazing experiences we also noticed that females don’t seem to have the same level of exposure and support as their male counterparts. So we are very sensitive to situations where we perceive an imbalance of exposure of female student athlete participation in competitive high school sports. We also like to encourage greater involvement of young people in athletics. We would like to help the girls gain more exposure at your news source by adopting some girls high school teams.” Saucon Source sincerely thanks Andrew and Sonya Hughes for their thoughtful and generous support of our local sports coverage.