Central Mountain girls lose in season finale to Shamokin, 3-0
MILL HALL – Central Mountain fell 3-0 to Shamokin Thursday night at Malinak Stadium in the Wildcats final match of the season. Central Mountain finished the season with a final record of 1-14. The Wildcats lone win was against Jersey Shore in late September.
Despite winning just one match, Central Mountain coach Jeff Brinker was impressed with the resilience his team demonstrated throughout the season.
“They are a great group of girls to work with, every practice we came out, we worked out,” Brinker said, “The focus was always to get better.”
The loss to Shamokin marked the Wildcats second loss to the Indians this season. Shamokin won the previous match 2-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
In Thursday’s match, Shamokin got on the scoreboard fast. Just four minutes into action, junior Sadie Komara scored from the left side to put the Indians ahead 1-0. Shamokin’s offense controlled the ball for the opening 10 minutes of the match and did not present Central Mountain’s offense any opportunity to score.
The Wildcats offense did get a glimpse at a decent shot around the 20-minute mark. Senior Avery Baker had a chance at a cross shot, but the ball pushed right.
Shamokin then jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Wildcats when freshman Carly Nye was in the right spot at the right time. Nye tapped in her teammate’s miss, that originally rebounded off the goal, for Shamokin’s second score of the night.
The Indians had a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half.
Central Mountain’s offense came out with aggressiveness in the second half. The Wildcats looked to attack fast and tried to make the contest competitive.
Brinker liked the fight his team showed when they returned to field after halftime.
“I’m proud of the girls we’ve come a long way, unfortunately we got down there and I told the girls go out and have fun and lay it out for the last 40 minutes in your last game,” Brinker said.
The Wildcats handled the ball much more in the second half than they did in the first. In contrast, it limited the Indians to just two second half shots. An improvement from the first half when Shamokin had eight.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, nothing came of the extra push offensively. The Indians would add on one more goal to stretch their lead to three. Peyton Korbich scored for Shamokin at the 60:08 mark for the Indians’ final goal.
Brinker said despite what the scoreboard showed at the end of the match, he was happy to be the team’s head coach.
“The girls always came to a game, to a practice and gave me their best,” Brinker said, “I’m very proud to have coached them.”
Shamokin 3, Central Mountain 0
S – Sadie Komara, 4:08. S-Carly Nye, 26:30. S-Peyton Korbich, 60:08
Shots: S 10, CM 4. Saves: S 4, CM 7. Corners: S 2, CM 1