NTL GIRLS' SOCCER: ANOTHER MEMORABLE SEASON FOR THE TROJANS
(2022-11-22)Northern Tier Sports Report
Despite some turnover during the off season, the Troy girls’ soccer team stayed on top of the NTL in 2022.
The defending league champions had to replace their entire backline, along with other spots, but didn’t miss a beat as returning players stepped up and a new cadre of freshmen filled in the gaps.
It wasn’t an easy road, though, as they had to fend off several different teams for the league title.
Troy opened the season with wins over Jersey Shore (5-1) and Muncy (4-3), but lost their league opener to NEB 4-2 at home.
They would get revenge on the Panthers at NEB’s tournament, winning with a 7-0 victory in the final over the hosts, but they were still behind in the league standings.
After a 5-2 loss to Hughesville Troy would start a 12 match undefeated streak, winning 11 of the games with one draw.
It began with five wins, including two big ones over Wyalusing (8-2) and Athens (3-0).
Then came the rematch with NEB, a back and forth contest that saw the Trojans pull out the 2-0 win to take control of the league.
Things weren’t easy after that, though, as they eked out wins over Williamson (2-1) and Towanda (2-0) before rallying late to tie Wyalusing (2-2), keeping their lead in the league.
They would win two more matches before setting up a league deciding tilt with old foe Athens. In a tight contest Troy got a deciding second half goal to win 2-1, and get the 3-peat in the NTL.
The post season ended a little earlier than they would have liked, losing to Hughesville, as they ended the year 15-3-1.
Addison Parker hit the 50 goal milestone during the season, and will return next year along with key freshmen Saydi Renzo and Alexis McRoberts. Also returning are sweeper Madi Palmer, mid-fielder Chloe Swain, defender Natalie Williams, and keeper Madelyn Seeley.
However, they will have another big class to replace, as they lose key mid-fielders Caelyn Pine, Camille McRoberts, and Taylor Williams, defender Morgan Roy, back up goalie Brooklyn Wentzel, and off the bench striker Makenna Matthews.
The Trojans are known for reloading instead of rebuilding, and it will be put to the test in 2023 as they look to win their fourth straight NTL title.
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