NTL GIRLS' SOCCER: TROY CLAIMS 4TH STRAIGHT TITLE IN 2023
(2023-11-14)Northern Tier Sports Report
Despite some big roster turnover Troy was able to keep their streak of NTL girls’ soccer titles going, winning their fourth straight in 2023.
“2023 was a challenging and rewarding year for our program,” said coach Wayne Pratt. “Our seniors were so focused on finishing their careers with a fourth title, that goal made them great leaders.”
The Trojans went 13-4-1 on the year, and were unbeaten in league play, at 11-0-1.
“Our defense played stellar all season giving up seven goals to our NTL opponents and recording seven shutouts,” Pratt said. “We were blessed to have many individuals find the back of the net, however, the duo of Parker/Renzo scoring 45 goals together made it difficult to defend both. With the offense and defense having a good year I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the midfield. These ladies could flip the field in a heartbeat or possess the ball and work the ball thru the other teams defense. Our ball handling has improved due largely to the off season work the girls and Coach Renzo put in. Without that dedication we would not be the team we are today.”
Troy opened the season with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Muncy, and followed that up with an 8-0 win against Wellsboro.
In tournament action they lost 3-2 to Warrior Run, but came back to beat South Williamsport 5-1 in the consolation game.
They gutted out a 1-0 win in Wyalusing as part of a 6-match unbeaten streak. Highlights of the run included a 2-1 win over Athens, and a 2-2 tie at Williamson, their only blemish in league play.
The Trojans went 0-2 up at the Baldwinsville Tournament, but came back strong, beating Wyalusing (4-0) and Athens (2-0) to take control of the NTL.
After league wins over Wellsboro (5-1) and Williamson (2-0) they clinched the league title by holding off a tough NEB squad 2-1.
They ended the regular season with a 5-2 win over Towanda, but fell in their playoff opener, 3-1, to Midd-West.
Addi Parker led Troy with 29 goals and 13 assists, while Saydi Renzo finished with 16 goals and 12 assists.
Alexis McRoberts was named the NTL Defensive Player of the Year, with newcomer Gianna Renzi finishing the season with eight goals.
“I also would say that the competition in the NTL has improved a great deal from where we were many moons ago when I first coached,” said Pratt. “Every night is a battle, it is not just one team, it’s Athens, Wyalusing, Williamson, Towanda, Northeast Bradford, Wellsboro, NP-Mansfield every team has put their time in, every team has the talent to compete and win. It has made and will continue to make for great games in the NTL. To the NTL, congratulations on the numerous teams that competed at the district level, to the teams that continue to grow, and to each and everyone of the athletes for representing the NTL in a respectable manner, showing our sportsmanship is second to none.”
Troy says good-bye to another big class of seniors, including Parker, and fellow NTL all-stars, Chloe Swain and Natalie Williams.
However, they return Renzo, McRoberts, Renzi, league all-star Madi Palmer, and key mid-fielder Kylee Roy, giving them another good core to try for their fifth straight title in 2024.
“In closing I would like to thank my team first and foremost for being who they are, and for their unbelievable work ethic,” said Pratt. “Go Trojans!!”
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