It wasn’t hard to find Westmont Hilltop’s Shyleigh Hughes on the field during the girls’ game of the Santa Fund Soccer Classic at Greater Johnstown High School.
The gifted goal-scorer, who netted 107 goals as a Hilltopper, wore her hair in a mohawk style with coloring to celebrate the holiday theme of the matches at Trojan Stadium.
It wasn’t hard to find Hughes on the scoresheet either. Her two goals helped the North All-Stars to a 3-0 win over the South on Saturday.
Using a trio of second-half goals as snow blanketed the pitch at Trojan Stadium, the South All-Stars defeated the North 4-0 in the boys’ half of the Santa Fund Soccer Classic doubleheader at Trojan Stadium.
Game MVP Austin Swihura of North Star netted the first goal in the 20th minute, gaining control in the penalty area before skipping a shot to the lower left.
For the Cougars senior, the game was solid way to end his high-school career, which saw two trips to the PIAA semifinals while playing under coach Chad Duryea.
Rosters have been finalized for the third Santa Fund Soccer Classic, which will be played at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium on Saturday.
The Classic benefits The Tribune-Democrat’s Santa Fund, a program which helps distribute Christmas gifts to needy children in the region.
The Somerset defense played well enough to limit a high-scoring Clearfield squad to just 21 points on Friday night in the District 5-6-8-9 Subregional Championship at Hollidaysburg’s Tiger Stadium.
Unfortunately, the Golden Eagles mistake-prone offense could not keep pace with the Bison and fell 21-6 to end their best season in recent history. Clearfield moves on to play the District 4 champion, either Jersey Shore or Selingsgrove, next weekend.
Somerset High’s defense has been the foundation of the Golden Eagles’ success throughout a 10-1 season.
The middle of the defense – with senior nose guard Matt Boyer, junior middle linebacker Logan Eller and junior tackle Colton Slayback – often forms an impenetrable wall.
Somerset’s Tanner Stull and his teammates accomplished something Friday night that hadn’t been done since before they were born.
Behind their senior quarterback and an opportunistic defense, the Golden Eagles won their first playoff game since 1989, jumping to an early lead and holding on to topple previously undefeated University Prep, 28-20, in a Class AAA District 5-6-8-9 Region semifinal game at George C. Cupples Stadium in Pittsburgh’s South Side.