McGhee’s four goals lead BG past McCort
HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School girls soccer team plays with solid teamwork, but it has been aided immensely during the 2013 season by one player in particular – sophomore Alyssa McGhee.
McGhee set a new PIAA record for single-season goals with 73.
On Thursday night, she was at it again. She scored four more of them.
In District 6 Class A semifinal action at Tiger Stadium, the Lady Marauders defeated Bishop McCort, 4-0.
“We did a nice job of playing a good possession match,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Harry McGhee, Alyssa’s father, said. “We’re a very young team, but the girls knew what their responsibilities are. They knew if they remained focused and played a possession soccer match, they’d prevail. That’s exactly what happened.”
It was strong defensive soccer for most of the first half, with both goalies pitching shutouts until the Lady Marauders got onto the board when McGhee scored an unassisted goal with 12:06 remaining. McGhee scored another unassisted goal with 3:45 left in the first.
Coach McGhee talked about Alyssa’s season and her performance last night.
“She’s on a level of her own,” the elder McGhee said. “She’s patient. She’s also got a great feel for the game.”
In the second half, McGhee scored two more unassisted goals, at 19:16 and 6:33, respectively. The four goals added to her state record, now at 77.
It was an overall team effort for the Lady Marauders, with a great defensive effort to go along with McGhee’s four-goal night. Gabby Smith, Bishop Guilfoyle’s goalkeeper, was solid in protecting the goal.
“It was a team effort for sure,” coach McGhee said. “Gabby Smith did a great job of shutting them down.”
Bishop McCort coach Rebekah Stonecypher knew her team lost to the better team.
“Bishop Guilfoyle played a great game,” Stonecypher said. “And I am sure they’ll play that well in the championship game, too.”
Bishop Guilfoyle advanced to the District 6 Class A championship game against the third seeded Richland squad. That game will be played at 5:30 Tuesday at Hollidaysburg.
“We’re now 18-1 and will play Richland,” McGhee said. “It will take all 11 girls to beat a team like Richland. Everyone knows it ought to be a great match.”
SCORE BY HALVES
Bishop McCort0 0 0
Bishop Guilfoyle2 2 4
First Half: BG-McGhee (unassisted); 12:06, BG-McGhee (unassisted); 3:45.
Second Half: BG-McGhee (unassisted); 19:16, BG-McGhee (unassisted); 6:33.