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Weekly Webb Gem:

By Brett R. Crossley
The Beautiful Game goes Primetime for Special Night
 

The Friday Night Lights have always belonged to the football players.
The Saturday Night Lights are quickly becoming reserved for the area soccer players as a handful of games highlighted the early portion of the schedule. Once again, Warrior Run and Loyalsock showed why these games are becoming so popular.
The two teams have met to decide District Championships, State Playoff berths, State Championship berths and on and on. The first of two meetings extended Loyalsock’s scoreless streak to more than 400 minutes as the Lancers pulled off a 1-0 win over Warrior Run.
“They are a rival of ours, both teams respect each other a lot,” Loyalsock coach Ben Comfort said. “Every game is always a well fought game. We were on the better end of that tonight, but we know it could go either way. We battled and got through it, and I’m really proud of the way they played.”
It was a little extra special for Loyalsock as its defense extended a scoreless streak for Warrior Run to 499 minutes. 
“It was a bit of motivation,” Comfort said. “It’s a pretty long streak to not have your rival score against you.” 
It was a colder than usual Saturday night, but that really didn’t seem to matter for both teams, which played an outstanding game. Rhiallie Jessell proved to be the difference. She capitalized on a direct kick chance outside of the 18 to beat Warrior Run’s Megan Zimmerman.
The Saturday night soccer match has the feel of a Friday Night football game. The speakers are turned up high, the stands are filled, and the student section definitely makes itself known to the opposition.
“I love it,” Jessell said. “Ever since I was a freshman they have been a tough team. I’ve played with a couple of them on my club team and we always joke about it at practice. It’s always nice to have high competition at the high school level with a team that we’re close to in proximity and compete with.”
Loyalsock and Warrior Run tied at the start of the last year. That game also took place under the lights. It was a game filled with close chances and tight defense as neither gave up much. The second meeting, this time at Warrior Run, went the way of the Lancers as they scored two goals and limited the Defenders offensively for a second shutout.
Regardless of the results, the games always seem to deliver. Soccer continues to be a big draw in this area and these two teams are at the front of the pack. The Saturday Night soccer game has become a mainstay for this area.
“We look forward to playing Loyalsock,” Warrior Run coach Jen Allen said. “They are a tough team and always well coached. They are very skilled. The girls looked forward to it. It’s a great thing for District 4 soccer and it’s great to be a part of it.”

 

 
 
 
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