Yingling helps Marauders to third title

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Paul (Herk) Yingling was an outstanding goalkeeper at Altoona Area High School in the late 1980s. He never won a District 6 championship, though.

Fast forward to 2016. Yingling’s daughter, Devyn, is the goalkeeper for Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic. She’s won three District 6 titles.

With Devyn Yingling in net, the Lady Marauders shut out Bishop McCort, 4-0, in the D6-1A final Tuesday night at Tiger Stadium.

“He’s helped me ever since I was young and it means a lot to me to get this with him,” Devyn said, nodding toward her dad, now a BG assistant coach.

Yingling is one of nine senior starters for the Marauders. A three-year starter, she was in goal for all three championship games.

“It means a lot to all of us,” she continued. “We all came up together and we worked so hard for four years.

“It’s an awesome feeling.”

BG beat McCort, 3-2, in the season opener, but dominated this time, scoring two goals in the first half and icing it with a pair in the second half.

McCort coach Meredith Mishler said her Lady Crushers were ready for BG, but didn’t execute the way they wanted.

McCort, which finished 12-6-1, returns several underclassmen and Mishler  thinks the Crushers could have a big year in 2017.

Although it was BG’s third straight title, it was the first under rookie head coach Joe DeLeo.

“I’ve been part of this team — kind of in the background — for years,” said DeLeo, “so I’ve known most of these girls since they were 6 or 7 years old.

“It was a fun experience to get the win tonight,” the coach continued. “It was a big deal for us. We’re real happy for it.”

DeLeo’s daughter, Jordan, a senior forward, scored the game’s first goal with 13:03 left in the first half. McCort’s keeper, Lauren Forte, strayed from the net to cover Maggie Nosek, who dished to DeLeo for the score.

“After we got the first one and came back with the second (a deep shot from the right corner by Delaney Myrick), I felt pretty confident that we could hold on,” coach DeLeo said.

McCort made a couple of runs early in the second half, but Yingling, with help from a stout BG defense, kept the goal clear.

“They put some pressure on, and until we got the third goal, I didn’t breathe too easy,” DeLeo offered. “We warned about (McCort’s runs), but we didn’t execute against it.

“They had a lot of momentum for a few minutes.”

Nosek scored BG’s third goal, on an assist from Myrick, and DeLeo called it, “the difference maker.”

Myrick also assisted on the final BG score, which was posted by Alana Hallinan with 10:11 to play.

“Devyn was great tonight,” DeLeo said of his keeper, “and all four of the defenders (Kierra Miller, Madison Rustin, Riley Lewis, Karis Taddei) were outstanding. We’ve built on that defense all year. We don’t score as many goals as we have in recent years so we relied heavily on our defense and it was evident tonight.”

BG’s first-round opponent in the PIAA state playoffs will be the District 10 champion next Tuesday.

The Marauders lost to Loyalsock, 4-3, in a first-round state game last year on an own goal. A BG defender kicked the ball back to Yingling, who couldn’t get to it before it went into the net.

“It was a heartbreaker,” Devyn Yingling recalled. “We get a redo, I guess.”

Game notes: BG’s only non-senior starters are sophomore forward Harlem Jennings and junior defender Kyra Kelly. … BG girls received individual medals. … Coach DeLeo was doused with a bucket of water while posing for pictures after the game.

SCORE BY HALVES

Bishop McCort    0  0 — 0

Bishop Guilfoyle      2  2 — 4

First half: BG–DeLeo (Nosek), 13:03; BG–Myrick (unassisted), 2:55.

Second half: BG–Nosek (Myrick), 16:09; Hallinan (Myrick), 10:11.

Records: Bishop McCort (12-6-1); Bishop Guilfoyle (14-3-1).

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