NTL BOYS SOCCER: WILLIAMSON CHALLENGES FOR LEAGUE TITLE IN '23
(2023-11-07)Northern Tier West Sports Report
TIOGA JUNCTION — The Williamson boys soccer team came within a goal of realizing a dream season in 2023, but a late lull would cause the Warriors to come up just shy of the NTL Championship.
The Warriors reeled off 12 straight wins to start the season, outscoring their opponents 42-8 and not allowing more than one goal in any match. They topped defending .. and eventual .. league-champ Wellsboro early in the season and held that one game lead over the Hornets for most of the campaign.
The Hornets would end Williamson’s “perfect” season when the two squads played to a 0-0 draw, but the Warriors rebounded to win their next three games by a combined score of 7-1 over Troy, Northeast Bradford and Towanda.
A 2-1 Williamson loss at Galeton allowed Wellsboro to pull even in the race for the title. With the Warriors needing a win at Athens in their final regular season match to share the championship, they’d play to a 0-0 draw with the Wildcats to give the Hornets the outright title.
The two would face off a third time as Williamson earned the No. 5 seed for the District 4 2A playoffs and Wellsboro was the No. 4 seed. The Hornets beat the Warriors 3-0 in Williamsport in the District quarterfinals to bring Williamson’s season to an end with a 15-2-2 overall record.
The Warriors, led by Head Coach Kyle Adriance, scored 51 goals as a team and allowed just 15 .. six of those coming in their final three games .. and junior keeper Loagan Stickler had a 0.79 goals-against-average and had seven shutouts on the year.
Sophomore Hayden Plunkert led a balanced offensive attack for the Warriors with 11 goals while junior Kade Ficks scored 10, sophomore Braeden Colwell had eight, senior Will Gehman had seven goals and Aiden O’Neal had five.
Senior Evan Zinck provided leadership to a strong defense and freshman Maddox Hartman contributed heavily in his inaugural campaign.
The Warriors are set to graduate just three players off of their 18-man roster in Gehman, Zinck and Joey Estrada, and Coach Adriance will return a strong core of underclassmen next season, including a class of six will-be-seniors .. Ficks, Stickler, Jordan Monroe, O’Neal, Clayton Webster and Braxton Watson.
Sophomores Colwell and Plunkert lead a contingent of next season’s juniors (Ayren Morgan, William Kies, Jayden Owen) and sophomores (Hartman, Brayden Baker, Thomas Bomba, Kayden Moon) who saw valuable action this season as freshmen.
Coach Adriance and the returning/new Warriors will have a busy off-season as they prepare for 2024 through Adriance’s Warrior Soccer Academy .. info on which can be found HERE.
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