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BEA tripped up by aggressive BG girls in D6 opener


ALTOONA – Sometimes a good team runs into a better team. Such was the case Tuesday evening when Bishop Guilfoyle met up with Bald Eagle Area in the first round of the girls District 6 Class A playoffs.

The Lady Mauraders brought their A-game scoring early and often throughout the contest, shutting out the Eagles in an 8-0 shut out victory at Altoona’s Mansion Park.

Alyssa McGhee had a strong offensive performance for the Lady Mauraders finishing the contest with a hat trick.

Leading the way offensively for the victors were Jordan Deleo and Delaney Myrick with two goals each en route to the shut out win.

Bald Eagle goalkeeper, Dallas Dillon was busy in the goal area, posting 16 saves.

Despite the loss, Bald Eagle coach Jared Moore was proud of the road his team took to make the post season.

“ They (BEA) did very well this season. They set the wins record for Bald Eagle. They played very well all season. I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Moore said. “We just had a bad evening this evening and that happens. That’s soccer.”

It didn’t take long for the Lady Mauraders to get on the scoreboard after taking the opening possession and the tempo from the beginning.

Bald Eagle’s defense was able to hold the Bishop Guilfoyle offense off the board for the first five minutes before the “Purple and White” found their way onto the scoreboard.

Deleo got her team on the scoreboard at the 32:20 mark as she took her team’s first shot on goal and caught the Eagles’ goalkeeper off-balanced, making it 1-0.

Offensively, the Mauraders pounded the ball down into the Eagles’ back-third and allowed them just a few transition touches before Bishop Guilfoyle would add to its lead.

Posting their first corner opportunity of the game, the Lady Mauraders hit pay dirt as the ball flew into Myrick’s range and she sent it home, upping the lead to 2-0.

Less than five minutes later, Bishop Guilfoyle was at it again. This time Myrick got a picture-perfect pass from Deleo and sent it to the back of the net, stunning the Bald Eagle faithful.

With 20 minutes still left in the first half, McGhee got her turn to put some points on the board and did not disappoint, tickling the twine to increase the B.G. lead to 4-0.

It looked as though the Eagles would get out of the first half trailing by only four but with seven seconds left until the intermission the Mauraders had one last chance for a five point advantage.

McGhee made that happen for her team, slapping it in with only seven ticks to go on the clock.

At the intermission, the clouds opened up and sending down torrential downpours and drastically slowing down the game.

With the Eagles offense slowed, they were still able to post five shots on goal in the half while only posting one in the first.

Bishop Guilfoyle added insurance goals by Mary Catherine Morning, Deleo and McGhee to advance to the next level.

For the Eagles it would be an end to a historical season that won’t be forgotten despite the loss.

“I feel like we didn’t see too much of their defense this evening. We played a lot of defense ourselves. So with the rain I felt if we would of got a few more shots on target it might have been a different outcome. Bishop Guilfoyle is a good team,” Moore said. “Alyssa McGhee is a very good player. She’s going to do well when she takes the next step into college, I’m sure. They looked really good tonight. They are a good team.”

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