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 playoffs.
Hollidaysburg drew defending PIAA champion Moon in a first-round Class 3A game on Tuesday night and found out very quickly that it wasn’t any match for those Tigers, who romped to a 7-0 victory at Hampton High School in the second game of a doubleheader that also featured the Hollidaysburg boys team in the opener.
The 2016 Hollidaysburg girls team also dropped a PIAA first-round decision, 3-0 to Montour of the WPIAL.
“This year, we drew the defending state champs, and last year, Montour was the second seed,” Hollidaysburg coach Dave Soellner said. “I tried to get the girls ready to play, but when you have a team that beats your defense the way they did tonight, it’s almost impossible to get anything accomplished.”
The biggest culprit for Hollidaysburg was senior Delany Snyder, a Miami (Ohio) recruit, who scored a career-high five goals to power unbeaten WPIAL champion Moon (23-0).
She scored all three first-half goals for the District 7 Tigers and finished the game with 50 goals for the season.
“We were trying to contain her, but you can see that we didn’t have much success in doing that,” Soellner said. “They’re a great team with or without her.”
Snyder scored her first two goals less than two minutes apart after the game went scoreless for the first 8 minutes and 41 seconds. She added a third to notch a first-half hat trick with 14:23 remaining before intermission.
“Honestly, I thought the game would be a little tighter than this,” Moon coach Bill Pfeifer said. “I was worried about having a hangover after getting through the WPIAL playoffs.”
There wasn’t even a hint of such a thing. Moon had its way with Hollidaysburg (15-5-1). All of its goals were unassisted, juniors Abigael McEnroe and Sarah McAllister accounting for the others.
McEnroe opened the second half scoring at 38:52 before Snyder added a pair of goals back to back 56 seconds apart. McAllister’s goal with just 1:36 left capped the scoring for Moon.
“We are a school who gets who we get to come out for soccer,” Soellner said. “We have a pretty large group at the moment and we have a very good group. We’ve won back-to-back district championships, and that’s something to be proud of.
“But — and it’s an old story — when you play in District 6, there’s just not as much opportunity to play during the offseason. There’s just not a lot of places to go. You have to go east or come over this way. Every year, the draw for these playoffs is pretty daunting.”
SCORE BY HALVES
Hollidaysburg 0 0–0
Moon 3 4–7
First half: M–Delany Snyder (unassisted), 31:19; M–Snyder (unassisted), 29:52; M–Snyder (unassisted), 14:23.
Second half: M–Abigael McEnroe (unassisted), 38:52; M–Snyder (unassisted), 29:31; M–Snyder (unassisted), 28:35; M–Sarah McAllister (unassisted), 1:36.
Records: Hollidaysburg (15-5-1); Moon (23-0).