Cutshall, Lady Tigers shut out Lady Lions

H.S. Girls Soccer: Hollidaysburg 3, Altoona 0

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Meghan Cutshall started in goal for Hollidaysburg last season as a freshman. Coach Dave Soellner is glad she’ll be between the pipes for a couple more years.

Cutshall turned in a couple sprawling saves to keep Altoona off the scoreboard in a 3-0 win Monday at Tiger Stadium.

“I can already see a difference from her freshman year. I can’t wait to see how she her play the next few years,” Soellner said. “She’s one of those remarkable goalies you dream of having.”

With Hollidaysburg leading 2-0 late in the first half, Altoona’s Amber Knott put a shot on goal from close range, but Cutshall dove right to knock it away and preserve the two goal advantage.

“I saw her leaning to one side. On a shot that close, you just have to guess and go. I guessed right,” Cutshall said. “Altoona had some good opportunities. Our defense stepped up. We’ve had some difficulty with our communication the first couple games.”

She kept the shutout in tact midway through the second half with a lunging save of Darrian Berkheimer’s shot.

“That one was a little farther out. I had time to read the feet and the eyes, and we cleared the rebound away,” Cutshall said.

Moments before that, Hollidaysburg took a 3-0 lead on a direct kick by Sydney Routch from 35 yards out. The senior forward tucked the ball under the crossbar just over the outstrecthed arms of Altoona keeper Caranda Perea.

“I put that shot over the net probably five out of 10 times in practice,” Routch said. “We work on those situations, but it’s still not an easy shot.”

The Lady Tigers jumped on Altoona early with a pair of goals in the first 11:01 of the game.

Routch ripped a shot off the post that freshman Rita Kendziora put in with a shot from the opposite side of the field 5:14 into the game.

Routch assisted on the second goal as well with a pass over the top to Mandy Sky.

“I was in the midfield dribbling and saw the defender inside of Mandy. I put it out in front of her enough for her to run it down and get the goal,” Routch said.

Kendziora had a chance to score again late in the half. With a pair of defenders right on her heels, she put a shot on goal that Perea slapped away.

“We played well, but we can play a lot better,” Soellner said. “We’re still working some of the bugs out, building confidence and learning not to panic with the ball.”

Hollidaysburg evens its record at 2-2, while Altoona falls to 1-3.

“We came out slow and got two balls over the top on us pretty quick,” Altoona coach Derek Winterburn said. “We played better in the second half than the first half.”

The Lady Lions young squad is still working out the bugs as well. After a season-opening win over Latrobe, Altoona lost back-to-back games to North Allegheny and Seneca Valley, a pair of strong programs out of the WPIAL.

“It’s only game four. We’re pretty young. Eight of our 11 starters are sophomores and freshmen,” Winterburn said. “What’s happening is fixable. We’ll keeping working and get better.”

SCORE BY HALVES

Altoona 0 0 — 0

Hollidaysburg 2 1 — 3

First half: H–Kendziora (Routch), 34:46; H–Sky (Routch), 28:59.

Second half: H–Routch (unassisted), 19:26.

Records: Altoona (1-3); Hollidaysburg (2-2).

JV: 1-0, Altoona.

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