The Greater Latrobe and Ligonier Valley girls’ soccer teams both lost recent games against Norwin and Rockwood Area, respectively.
Norwin defeated the Greater Latrobe girls, 6-0, in WPIAL Class 4A,Section 3 play, while Rockwood Area also bested Ligonier Valley, 3-1.
Greater Latrobe opened the game against Norwin, keeping the game tied for the majority of the first half. But the Lady Knights took control at the end of the half, scoring three times on set pieces.
The Lady Wildcats fought back with four good shots in the second before bobbles cost some rebounds. Freshman Chloe Boyette and senior captain Madison Shafron stepped up to keep the Lady Knights’ strikers at bay.
Freshman keeper Sofia DeCerb shut down several breakaways by being active off her line. Junior captain Maddie Delucio also contributed in defeat.
Ligonier Valley enjoyed a fast start against host Rockwood Area, but the Lady Rams couldn’t keep it together in a two-goal defeat.
Early on it was all LV. Olivia Anto scored in the fifth minute off a Katie Lawson assist to give the Lady Rams a 1-0 lead.
Much of the first 25 minutes was spent in Ligonier Valley’s attacking third, but the Lady Rams just couldn’t finish. Anto and Lawson, along with forwards Tatum Hoffman and Bella Schueltz created chances, but never capitalized.
“Early on, we got them by surprise,” Ligonier Valley coach Eric Vogelsang said. “I know they weren’t expecting us to be this strong.
“We had a great start and had them on the ropes, but couldn’t put the game away. When you do that on the road against a good team, you pay the price and they will come back and take the game if you leave it too close.”
Rockwood Area tied the game 30 minutes into the contest on a shot from a distance, making it a 1-1 game at halftime.
Rockwood elevated its game in the second half and the aggressiveness of the opposition allowed it to control play most of the second half. With 20 minutes to play, Rockwood found the go-ahead goal.
Shortly after that, Lawson nearly tallied the equalizer with a great effort from an Anto pass, but the Rockwood Area keeper made a great save. Rockwood Area put it away with two minutes left, scoring the team’s third goal. Grace Sedawar stopped 13 of 16 shots for LV.
“They are a well-coached, experienced team and they wore us down in the second half,” Vogelsang said. “We have most of our girls on the field not ever having been in a tough game like this and the longer the game went on, the more the experience seemed to matter.”
Vogelsang believes it can be a good learning experience for his Lady Rams.
“It’s never fun to lose and I never take a loss well, but with this group, I think they’ll learn from it and it will make us better,” Vogelsang said.
As of now, Ligonier Valley’s next game is Sept. 17 at Conemaugh Township.