Ligonier Valley lady Rams win 7 in a row
A big win over Indiana followed up with a solid win over United at the Ligonier Valley Tournament at the Antiochian Village left the Lady Rams 6-1 for the season. A third win against West Branch puts the team on target for a record-breaking winning season.
The tournament started for Ligonier Valley with a match up against AAA Indiana Area. The two teams went back and for during the first half. LV got on the scoreboard first when Kelleigh Huber headed in a throw from Maddy Grimm for a 1-0 lead.
Nikki Davis tapped in a rebound off a Grimm shot and LV was ahead 2-0 just 45 second into the second half. A minute later Davis had an assist to set up Grimm for a breakaway goal.
Goal number four came from Grimm as she blasted a shot from 25 yards into the upper far corner. Jessica Anto assisted on this goal and LV was ahead 4-0. Grimm got her hat trick minutes later as Davis would set her up and Ligonier Valley went ahead 5-0. Grimm set up Davis for a sixth goal minutes later. Finally Indiana got on the scoreboard but it was too little too late as LV secured the 6-1 win.
In the second varsity game of the day, the Lady Rams cruised to a 10-0 win over United. Grimm had three goals while Anto and Davis had two each. Kelleigh Huber, Katie DeMayo and Zoe Bergman also scored for Ligonier Valley., Bergman scored her first-ever goal. Davis had two more assists as did Grimm. Anto, Bergman, Demayo, Kelsey Sutter and Brooke Sieminkewicz rounded the assists for the Lady Rams.
The girls at 6-1 needed one more win to clinch a playoff spot.
Last Tuesday Ligonier Valley Lady Rams made the long trek to West Branch- well over 2 hour bus ride and prevailed with a 7-2 win.
Ligonier Valley possessed the ball from the start.
Grimm scored three first-half goals, the first on an individual effort off a Davis assist to give the team a 1-0 lead. Minutes later Grimm headed in a cross from Davis to record a 2-0 lead. Finally, Megan Crowley set up Grimm for the 3-0 lead. A defensive miscue cost LV a goal late and it was 3-1 LV at the break.
Grimm scored her fourth goal minutes into the half off a Brittany Crowley assist. Then Grimm set up Davis and it was 5-1 before the second half barely started.
Grimm tied her own singe game record with goal number five on the day from 20 yards out on a free kick to make it 6-1.
Davis rounded out the scoring for Ligonier Valley when Anto set her up to give the Lady Rams a 7-1 lead.
At that point the bench cleared and all 34 girls who made the long trip got a chance to see playing time.
West Branch scored late.
In addition to the goal scorers, LV got great minutes from both Crowley sisters, Brooke Sieminkewicz, defender Michaela Long and goalkeeper Breanne Wallace.
They stood at 7-1 on the season before they traveled to Johnstown Christian last Friday.
One more win will tie the longest winning streak in girls soccer history which was set when the Lady Rams won eight in a row in 2006. Grimm now sits at 94 goals and needs six more to be the first girl in Ligonier Valley soccer history to ever reach 100 goals. Davis's two assists moved her into second all time in Ligonier Valley history with 35. Her 15 assists this season are five away from the single season record of 20 set by Shawnise Frei in 2010.
Deborah A. Brehun is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-238-2111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.