BEA wins first game on new turf, 4-1
By CHRIS MORELLI
WINGATE — The Bald Eagle Area girls’ soccer team broke in the new turf at Alumni Stadium on Tuesday night with a convincing 4-1 win over rival Bellefonte.
The winless Lady Red Raiders scored first, but BEA stormed back with four unanswered goals to nab its first victory of the season.
“This is our first game on the turf, it’s been off-limits for two to three weeks,” said BEA head coach Jared Moore. “This was fantastic. This is a good, solid set of girls and they looked really great tonight.”
Bellefonte slipped to 0-3 on the young season and has scored just three goals in the first three games — all off the foot of senior Mallorie Smith. However, head coach Stacey Miller saw some positive signs from her squad.
“I thought we saw a lot of progress in the game,” Miller said. “We had some tough losses over the weekend and we’ve been working through some things as a team. I feel like even though we didn’t come out with a victory, we saw some progress.”
The Lady Raiders got on the board first. Smith scored on a pretty shot at the 5:35 mark off an assist by junior Mia Johnson. Rather quickly, the Lady Raiders had the 1-0 lead.
But it would not last.
The Lady Eagles answered with a pretty goal of their own by Falen McHenry. She blasted the ball past Bellefonte keeper Emily Culp for an unassisted goal at the 8:22 mark to knot things at 1-1.
BEA (1-0) would score two more times in the first half. Just about midway through the half, Addison Proctor scored off a nice feed from Sierra Surovec. At the 18:08 mark, the Lady Eagles had a 2-1 lead and would not trail again.
Shortly before halftime, McHenry would get her second tally of the night, getting the ball past Culp at the 35:03 mark. The Lady Eagles had a commanding 3-1 lead at the half.
“Falen is a hard worker and she’s definitely come along. She used to play midfield and we had to move her to forward at the end of last year and it seems to have paid off. Maybe we should have moved her up a little sooner. She’s excellent,” Moore said.
Late in the second half, McHenry notched a hat trick as she got behind the Bellefonte defense and tipped one past Culp. At the 76:24 mark, BEA had a 4-1 lead.
After her first goal, the Lady Eagles did a nice job neutralizing Smith. Although she had several shots, none of them were able to find the back of the net.
“We know that she’s amazing. She’s a really player and really good with the ball at her feet. We tried to not let her turn with the ball and face the goal. That’s when she’s most dangerous. That was our gameplan. As she moved along the front, we picked her up,” Moore said.
Both teams are back in action on Thursday. Bellefonte visits Penns Valley, while BEA travels to Huntingdon.
Bald Eagle Area 4, Bellefonte 1
Bellefonte 1 0 – 1
BEA 3 1 – 4
Bellefonte, Smith (Johnson), 5:35.
BEA, F. McHenry (unassisted), 8:22.
BEA, A. Proctor (Surovec), 18:08.
BEA, F. McHenry (M. Cingle), 35:03.
BEA, F. McHenry (unassisted), 76:24.
Shots: Bellefonte – 7; BEA – 14.
Saves: Bellefonte (Culp) 9; BEA (R. Veneziano) 6.
Corner kicks: Bellefonte 1; BEA 10.
Records: Bellefonte 0-3; BEA 1-0.
Next game: Bellefonte, Thursday, Sept. 5 at Penns Valley; BEA, Thursday, Sept. 5 at Huntingdon.