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Plum girls earn split in games at Indiana Tournament

| Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, 8:59 p.m.

Plum varsity girls soccer head coach Mike Proviano said he liked the way his team came out in its season opener against District 6 Class AAA foe Hollidaysburg at the Indiana Tournament last Friday.

The Mustangs, however, weren't able to convert any scoring changes into goals and suffered a 2-0 loss to the Golden Eagles.

But Plum exploded for 10 goals in Saturday's game against Derry, and the defense didn't allow anything in a 10-0 whitewash.

“We got a good chance (at the tournament) to look at a lot of girls in different spots,” Proviano said.

Plum outshot Hollidaysburg 13-4.

Hollidaysburg got the first goal in the 35th minute of the first half and converted a corner kick for a little bit of insurance with about five minutes to play in the contest.

“We outplayed them for most of the game but just couldn't find the back of the net,” Proviano said.

“We moved the ball well and controlled play from the 18 to the 18. We had some good shots. We missed a couple breakaways and didn't convert some crosses. We kept expecting one of those chances to go in, but none did.”

Sophomore Madyson Strohl started the game in net, and freshman Chelsea Hubner was in goal for the second half.

“Both Maddie and Chelsea played well,” Proviano said.

Proviano said the final score wasn't indicative of the way the game went.

“We played well, but the ball just didn't bounce our way,” he said.

The ball definitely bounced the way of the Mustangs in Saturday's lopsided win over the Trojans.

Junior striker Aaliyah Odom got Plum on the board just 40 seconds into the game.

Senior Megan Reddick, who has battled back from a knee injury that impacted her junior season, scored a little more than two minutes later.

Odom and Reddick each added a goal before the game was 10 minutes old, and the rout was on. Plum led Derry, 7-0, at halftime.

Junior Amanda Zimmerman converted a corner kick to make it 5-0, and sophomore Katie McRandal, a transfer from Oakland Catholic, put one in the back of the net for a 6-0 Plum lead.

Senior midfielder Mikayla Ferchaw closed out the first-half scoring for the Mustangs.

Sophomore Alexis Amato, Hubner and freshman Nicolette Casarcia added second-half goals to set the final.

Hubner started the game in goal, and she had to make only one save, as the Plum defense deflected any and all Derry offensive challenges.

Strohl and Odom split time in net for the second half. Derry didn't record a shot over the final 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, Plum fired off 47 shots in the game with 30 making it to the Trojans goalkeeper.

“The whole team got in, and we moved players around to see what worked well,” Proviano said. “It was nice to be able to do those things.”

Sophomore midfielder Christine Tamburri missed both tournament games because of an injury, but coach Proviano said he expected her to be ready for Wednesday's Section 3-AAA opener against section newcomer Oakland Catholic.

The game was to be play- ed past the deadline for this week's edition.

Plum is slated to host Franklin Regional on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The Mustangs also will get their first crack at new section foe Allderdice on Monday. The game with the Dragons is set for 4 p.m. at Cupples Stadium on Pittsburgh's South Side.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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