NTL GIRLS' SOCCER: TOWANDA RETURNS TO DISTRICT PLAY IN 2023
(2023-11-12)Northern Tier Sports Report
It was a bounce back season for Towanda girls’ soccer as they made district play for the first time in three years thanks to a strong finish.
“I am very proud of what our players were able to accomplish this season,” said first year coach Jacob McGuire. “Every game they fought hard and played with heart. They gained confidence in themselves and each other as they progressed throughout the season, which was great to see. You look back at all the time and effort we put in together at practices, film breakdowns, and the team bonding experiences. It pays off because we started to gel really well as a unit which makes a huge difference out on the field.”
The Knights started the season with back to back 1-goal losses to Shamokin (4-3) and Athens (2-1), before beating NPM (5-1).
Then came their roughest stretch of the season, going 0-4, though they lost thrillers to Wyalusing (6-5) and Meadowbrook Christian (4-3).
Sitting at 1-6 they would win eight of the next nine to secure their playoff berth. They started that stretch with a five game winning streak, which included close wins over Wellsboro (2-1) and district bound Williamson (1-0).
After a tough loss to Athens they won their next three matches by a score of 12-1 to secure their playoff berth.
They ended the season with two losses to playoff teams.
Leading the way was Anna Dunn, who led the league in goals with 45 this season, earning her 50th career goal along the way.
Senior Kathryn Dunn anchored their defense with fellow senior Abby Locke taking over things in the center mid-field position.
“There were some standout performances, and they reached some special individual and team milestones this year as well,” said McGuire. “They earned those moments due to their dedication and perseverance. I think I'm most proud of how we always pushed forward when faced with adversity. We were 1-6 at one point but never folded. We battled our way back to make districts. It shows a lot about their character. They are a special group, and I hope they can take away some great memories from this season."
They say good-bye to four seniors in Kathryn Dunn, Locke, Mya Savercool, and Molly Larcom, but return 14 players, 13 of which were freshmen and sophomores.
That group include NTL Player of the Year, Anna Dunn, so the future looks bright.
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