Sullivan County wins first district soccer game.

By: Coy Gobble | Towanda Daily Review | October 29, 2017

 

LOYALSOCK — The Sullivan County girls' soccer team defeated Line Mountain, 2-1, in District IV, Class A playoffs on Saturday.

Line Mountain controlled all facets of the game, leading Sullivan County in shots, possession, and corner kicks, but lacked one thing that Sullivan County had: Macy McCarthy.

McCarthy scored both of SC's goals to give them their first ever playoff win on Sullivan County girls' soccer history.

"She's great," Sullivan County coach Pete Swinick said after the game. "She's a senior and leader of this team. She's our captain. Every year of the four years she's been here, she's topped her previous season's goals and assists. The assists show that she is a team player, too. It's been a pleasure coaching her."

McCarthy scored her first goal on a free kick at about the 25-yard mark with 24 minutes left in the first half. After her teammate was tripped, McCarthy sent the direct kick to the far right post just under the crossbar and just over Line Mountain's goalie's hands.

Line Mountain responded well, mounting shot after shot in the first and second half, but couldn't get past Sullivan's final line of defense, McKenna Amer.

"She must've had her Wheaties this morning!" Swinick said. "She had a great, great game."

Amer finished her day with 15 saves, with multiple of the diving variety.

With 15 minutes left in the second half, Sullivan extended their lead to 2-0 when Madison Burke got around her defender on the wing and took a sliding shot that ricocheted off the crossbar. With Line Mountain's goalie out of place, the ball bounced into McCarthy's lap in front off the goal and she touched the ball off the net for her second goal of the game.

With less than a minute left in the match, Line Mountain was able to get one goal past Amer when they played all but their keeper on the offensive side of the field. Morgan Keim scored off a saved goal deflection.

"It's what we've struggled with all season," Line Mountain coach Shannon Snyder said after the game. "We hold possession most of the game and we just can't seem to find the back of the net. I think we played a good game, and I'm proud of my players. They played to the end of the game, evidenced by our goal at the end of the match. I can't ask for much more than that, but it just wasn't our day."

Line Mountain out shot SC, 15-10, and held the edge in corner kicks, 7-0.

Line Mountain keeper Autumn Czapliki finished with eight saves.