Soccer

BCC girls defeat Grace Prep

STATE COLLEGE — Madison Snyder scored twice, and Sarah McCoy had two assists to lead Blair County Christian over Grace Prep Friday afternoon in high school girls soccer action to win its’ opener. In boys action, Hudson Dull assisted on a Davis Dull goal as Blair County Christian played ...

Coach hoping to build Tyrone junior high boys soccer

Last fall, the Tyrone Area Junior High School boys soccer program was forced to cancel its season because of a lack of numbers. Eric Oliver, the program’s new coach hired in May, is determined not to let that happen again. Oliver wants to get the word out to seventh and eighth-graders in ...

Messi, Argentina suffer crucial loss

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Lionel Messi’s frustrating international career may be coming to an early and anti-climactic finish after Argentina’s worst loss in World Cup group play in 60 years. With Diego Maradona watching from the stands, the 2014 runners-up were routed by Croatia, 3-0, ...

Nominations sought for Mirror awards

The Mirror is seeking nominations for special awards to be presented at its 13th annual Athlete of the Year banquet on Monday, May 21. Area high schools are invited to submit nominations for the Ron Rickens Sportsmanship Awards, the Dean Rossi Leadership Award and the Erin (Johnson) Kelly ...

Year of the championship

More than perhaps any other year in recent memory, the calendar year 2017 brought something special for just about every sports fan in the Altoona Mirrorás readership area. Name the sport, and there was a corresponding honor or accolade for an athletic team or individual. Penn State ...

2017 in review

JANUARY n The Penn State football team loses a heartbreaker in the Rose Bowl, 52-49, to USC on a last-second 46-yard field goal. n Penn State’s Chris Godwin and Garrett Sickels announce they will leave early for the NFL Draft. Teammate Marcus Allen announces he will return for his senior ...

2017 Mirror girls soccer all-stars

FIRST TEAM Kelly Bassett, soph., striker, Cambria Heights: Had 21 goals and one assist for the 7-10-1 Lady Highlanders Meghan Flaugh, sr., defender, Central: Mirror honorable mention as a junior … Helped the team earn nine shutouts while only allowing 18 goals in 22 games … Helped team ...

2017 Mirror boys soccer all-stars

FIRST TEAM Michael Bartley, sr., defender, Altoona: Two-time Mirror first-team all-star … Scored six goals and had four assists … Led the defense to a 4-hour, 4-minute scoreless streak, 11 shutouts and a 0.73 goals-against average … Helped the Lions win the District 6 4A ...

Bedford girls, Altoona boys highlight season

As the curtain closes on an incredibly exciting scholastic soccer year, fans were treated to some tremendous high school games, and several teams exceeded all expectations. n The most memorable may be the season put together by the Bedford girls. Not only did they grab their second ...

Lady Bisons determined to duplicate 2017 success

ALLISON PARK — Don’t feel sorry for the Bedford Lady Bisons. Coach Jeff Thomas certainly wasn’t hanging his head on Monday at the PIAA girls soccer semifinals after witnessing the team’s only loss. He was already looking forward to next season, when Bedford will be expected to ...

Undefeated Bedford advances to semis

By Dave Mackall For the Mirror GREENSBURG — Two high-scoring teams, Bedford and Waynesburg Central, waged a defensive battle in the PIAA Class 2A girls soccer playoffs on Saturday at Hempfield High School. It took just one goal to determine a winner, the second consecutive time that ...

Win puts Lady Bisons into quarters

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com LOYSBURG — The undefeated Bedford Area High School girls soccer team works on all aspects of its game during practice, and no area gets more attention than passing the ball. That became evident Tuesday night, when Bedford senior striker ...

Lady Tigers find out why Moon shines in WPIAL

By Dave Mackall For the Mirror ALLISON PARK — Where the WPIAL is concerned, winning consecutive District 6 titles hasn’t carried much weight for the Hollidaysburg girls soccer team. It’s been one and out for the Golden Tigers during the past two seasons at the PIAA ...

Montour defense tough on Tigers

By Dave Mackall For the Mirror ALLISON PARK — Hollidaysburg’s players took turns congratulating one another, even as the sting of a 3-0 loss to WPIAL champion Montour was setting in. This is a close-knit group. “It’s the best team chemistry we’ve had in my time here,” ...

Valiant Central runs out of time in 2OT

By Tom Reisenweber For the Mirror ERIE — The confidence was building throughout the match for Central. The longer the Lady Scarlet Dragons kept Mercyhurst Prep off the scoreboard, the more they believed they could pull off the upset. Central just ran out of steam in the second ...

Altoona knocked out by McDowell

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Altoona Area High School boys soccer team’s dream season is over. The Mountain Lions upended State College, 1-0, last Tuesday at Bald Eagle Area to capture their first District 6 championship since 2007, but the Lions’ stay in the PIAA state tournament was brief. ...

Lady Dragons unable to knock off unbeaten Bedford in championship game

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror Emily Martz drilled a shot from midfield to help rally her Bedford team to victory in the District 6 2A championship a year ago. The strong-legged senior, who kicks for the football team, found herself in a similar situation Thursday at Mansion Park in the ...

Everett falls in shootout

By Jim Lane For the Mirror There are tough losses, and this certainly was a tough loss. Everett’s hopes to repeat as District 6 Class 2A boys soccer champions came up short Thursday night when West Shamokin won a shootout, 3-2, at Mansion Park. The teams were tied, 2-2, after 80 ...

Hurd’s first-half goal lifts Hollidaysburg girls

When it comes to district championships, winning one is great, but winning two is even greater. That was the collective chant of the Hollidaysburg Area High School girls soccer team Wednesday night, after the Lady Tigers defended their District 6 Class 3A title with a hard-fought 1-0 victory ...

Tigers deliver title

Hollidaysburg started the District 6 3A championship game on fire, scoring twice in the first 7:46. Top-seeded Bellefonte did not go away, however. The Red Raiders battled back to tie the game 2-2, prompting a stern halftime talk from coach Craig Shale. “You can’t take things for ...