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BEA girls finish as D6 runner ups; qualifies for PIAAs

Bedford 3, Bald Eagle Area 0

BED  2 1 – 3

BEA 0 0 – 0

Scoring

First half

BED – Katelyn Sheaffer unassisted, 31:47.

BED – Sheaffer from Olivia Arnold, 24:39.

Second half

BED – Grace Sarver unassisted, 31:38.

Shots on goal: BED – 13, BEA – 8.

Corners: BED – 5, BEA -0.

Saves: Rachel Veneziano (BEA) 7, Lindsay Mowry (BED) 4.

By Kenny Varner

ALTOONA – There was no shame in their game.

Participating in its first District 6 Championship, the Bald Eagles girls soccer team battled hard but fell to the defending champion Bedford Bison team 3-0 Saturday at Altoona’s Mansion Park.

The Bison chalked up two goals in the opening period, taking an early 2-0.

In the second, the Bald Eagle defense clamped down and allowed only one goal. Never giving up throughout the contest.

“They definitely played better in the second half. We played much better in the second half. They pressured them. We had a tough time possessing the ball and we got away from the game plan a little and that’s what happens,” said Bald Eagle coach Jared Moore. “I’m very proud of all the work they’ve done. The effort they put into the season it’s definitely payed off.”

Before the Eagles got to even settle in, the Bison posted the first points of the game.

Katelyn Sheaffer broke free of the Bald Eagle defenders and plastered an unassisted goal at 31:47.

The Eagles tried to tie the score taking the ball down into the Bedford back third but they were covered and couldn’t get any open looks at the goal.

Even the passing lanes were clogged for much of the first half, leaving Bald Eagle without a change to get one through.

As the first half clocked dipped under the 28-minute mark, the Bison struck again.

But that would be all the scoring the Bedford would get until the intermission as the Eagles closed in on the Bisons’ offense, continually posting up them and refusing to let them get any kind of good look at the Eagles goal.

After the first half, the Bison outshot Bald Eagle Area 7-3 and in corner opportunities 3-0.

Goalie Rachel Veneziano had four saves while counterpart in goal Bisons’ Lindsay Worly had two.

Bald Eagle came out of the intermission with a renewed sense of urgency, driving the ball down into the Bedford back field.

But the Bison defense was up for the challenge.

At 31:38 Grace Sarver broke loose on a breakaway and posted an unassisted goal, putting her team up 3-0.

Despite the loss, the Eagles will live to play another day as it qualifies for the PIAA state playoffs for becoming D6 runner ups.

Their next game will be played at a place and time to be announced at a later date.

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