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Lady Talbots soccer starts with win over Seneca Valley

| Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, 8:59 p.m.

The Hampton Talbots girls soccer team started its season on the winning track after defeating Seneca Valley, 1-0, at Nextier Stadium.

The Talbots needed at good start to the season after finishing last year with a 7-11 record, and it couldn't have come against a better opponent. The Lady Raiders shut out the Talbots in each of their meetings last season on their way to the section title.

“That was a very good win for us,” coach Frank Christy said.

“Coming off what happened last season, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was a big win against a good team. They're the type of team that can get on a roll and score goals very quickly, so getting on top of them early was big.”

The lone goal of the game came fifteen minutes into the first half on a penalty kick taken by senior Amanda Spencer after junior Coleen Brodman was taken down in the penalty area.

“We were all excited for this game,” Spencer said. “Because last year wasn't our best year and this team beat us both times last year so we were pumped up to get out here and try to beat them. Coleen did a great job of holding on to the ball long enough to draw the penalty kick and I was able to score the goal.”

Once Hampton scored its goal, it was time to play defense and attempt to shut down one of the best offenses in the WPIAL last season. It did its job as well as it possibly could by clearing the ball out of the zone quickly and with authority.

The few good opportunities the Lady Raiders had were handled by junior goaltender Trisha Winters.

“We didn't really give them a lot of great shot opportunities because we played aggressive, smart defense,” Christy said.

“They have very good, fast forwards,” Spencer said, “so we had to make sure we stayed back and didn't get caught upfield trying to score more �goals.”

Jon Lutz is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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