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Lady Raiders post first win of the season, 4-2

TIM WEIGHT/FOR THE EXPRESS Maddie Morelli scored her first three goals of the season as the Lady Raiders posted a 4-2 win on Wednesday night.

BELLEFONTE – The Bellefonte Lady Raiders racked up three first-half goals and hung on for their first win of the season on Wednesday night.

Senior Maddie Morelli scored three goals and junior Kerri Shutika added a tally as the Lady Raiders topped visiting Philipsburg-Osceola, 4-2, at Rogers Stadium.

Morelli, who missed a good portion of her junior year with a severe concussion, scored her first goal of the 2020 season just 41 seconds into the game, blasting a shot past P-O keeper Paige Rishel. Erin Cronin assisted on the goal. Morelli got her second goal of the night, scoring at the 30:01 mark. That goal came off an assist from Mackenzie Mamolen. Around three and a half minutes later, Morelli got the hat trick, scoring off an assist from Shutika at the 33:30 mark. At the half, the Lady Raiders held a 3-0 lead.

The Lady Mounties got back into the game in the second half on goals from Schenley Farrell and Chloe Matson. Farrell scored on Olivia Hutton’s corner kick at 43:31, while Matson converted a penalty kick at 49:41.

Bellefonte keeper Keira Whitman was injured on the play that resulted in the penalty kick, forcing Haley Popovitch into action for the PK.

The Lady Raiders got a much-needed goal from Shutika to make it 4-2 at the 51:46 mark. The assist went to freshman Sarah Proctor.

Head coach Stacey Miller was pleased to see her team get in the win column.

“It was a great team effort tonight. We were glad to get a lot of different players into the game and finish on goal,” Miller said. “I was happy to see Morelli and Shutika score. Our defense and midfield also had a great game tonight.”

Bellefonte is now 1-2. P-O fell to 0-6.

The Lady Raiders are back in action tonight, playing host to Huntingdon.

Scoring Summary

Bellefonte 4, P-O 2

First Half

1. Madalyn Morelli, B, (Erin Cronin), 0:41.

2. Morelli, B, (Mackenzie Mamolen), 30:01.

3. Morelli, B, (Kerri Shutika), 33:30.

Second Half

4. Schenley Farrell, PO, (Olivia Hutton), 43:31.

5. Chloe Matson, PO, (penalty kick), 49:51.

6. Kerri Shutika, B, (Sarah Proctor), 51:46.

Shots: Bellefonte 24, P-O 6.

Saves: Bellefonte (Keira Whitman, Haley Popovitch, Emily Culp) 3; P-O (Paige Rishel, Kinley Bender) 18.

Corner kicks: Bellefonte 12, P-O 3.

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