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Penns Valley picks up road win at Central

(Image caption) Penns Valley senior midfielder Connor Martz (#9) beats a sea of defenders to score the Rams 1st goal of the match at 1:58 during Penns Valley’s contest at Central on Tuesday October 20. (photo credit: Jordan Anderson Photography)

On Tuesday Penns Valley traveled to Central for another Mountain League matchup – their 5th game in nine days and 2nd to last regular season match. In the end, the Rams recorded their 11th win of the season and 9th in a row.

Rams coach Ken Gore said “After dropping our first two matches of the season in September, we all agreed as a team that we were going to make the necessary adjustments and turn things around. We won our next two, then lost one – but decided we’d had enough in the “L” column! We adjusted once again – then took off on this unprecedented nine game run. We are careful to never take any opponent for granted and see every match as the most important one of the season. If we maintain this mindset and confidence, it will hopefully carry us deep into the post-season.”

After giving up goals in the first five minutes in their last two matches, Penns Valley decided it was their turn to strike first when senior Connor Martz finished another signature header 1:58 into the game. Seven minutes later senior Michael Johnson collected a pass just outside the box and used pure hustle and power to work the ball through a blockade of defenders then beat the keeper with a precision flick into the left corner. Johnson also added two assists during the match. In the second 40, junior Cole Felker connected from 19 yards on a low and hard power shot to the right side (just a few minutes after coach sent him in and told him to do exactly that!) and senior Zach Heckman beat the keeper with all-out hustle for another close-range header just under the crossbar.

The Rams finish their regular season schedule at home against Clearfield on Thursday afternoon.

Next game: Clearfield at Penns Valley, Thursday 10/22 4:00 pm

Penns Valley @ Central

Final

Penns Valley 4

Central 0

Goals:

Penns Valley – Connor Martz – assist: Michael Johnson 1:58

Penns Valley – Michael Johnson – unassisted 8:59

Penns Valley – Cole Felker – assist: Michael Johnson 61:10

Penns Valley – Zach Heckman – unassisted 76:33

Shots: 

Penns Valley – 15

Central – 4

Saves: 

Central – Zeb Wyant 8

Penns Valley – Dristen Wolfe 3

Record: 11-3

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