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ORSA Kerr at Meadville-Red 09/21/14

posted Oct 3, 2014, 1:30 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

 The ORSA Force Kerr team battled both the elements and Meadville Red on Sunday, September 21 and came out on top with a 9–3 win.  Led by hat tricks from both Quinn Ritchey and Gage Haniwalt, the team came together as a unit and is starting to bond on the field.


The scoring started with an unassisted goal by Quinn Ritchey that was placed just out of the reach of the opposing goalkeeper. ORSA scored again with Ethan Umbenhaur getting his first goal on the season by zipping past the Meadville defense, after receiving an assist off of the throw in by Nathan Pfennigwerth. Meadville answered with a goal of their own.  Not to be outdone; Quinn Ritchey scored his second goal off of a beautifully placed pass through the Meadville defense off of the foot of Caleb Prettyman.  Meadville again answered with a goal of their own. Pfennigwerth found the back of the net on a direct kick and then assisted Gage Haniwalt off of another throw in. Haniwalt smoked the ball past the Meadville goalkeeper ending the first half with the force in the lead 5 – 2.


The second half opened with Meadville scoring their last goal of the game,with the rest of the scoring done by the Force.  Gage Haniwalt found the back of the net twice capping off his hat trick with an assist by Pfennigwerth and Ben Yard placing a ball like a laser through the Meadville defense with Haniwalt finishing the scoring opportunity. Quinn Ritchey found the back of the net to finish his hat trick off of a direct kick, following a yellow card issued to a Meadville player. After many attempts throughout the game that ended just off the mark, Caleb Prettyman, through aggressive and tenacious determination, capitalized by putting the ball in the back of the net for his first ORSA goal of the season.  Carson Kerr, playing through injury, found himself with multiple offensive opportunities but was unable to capitalize on them due to the swarming Meadville defense.


The ORSA defense was once again anchored by the gritty play of Ben Yard who turned away many scoring opportunities by the opposition.  Johnathan Leccia turned in another hard-nosed performance denying many opportunities for the Meadville Red team.  Leccia gave way to Koben Parry in the second half after an injury and Parry proved that he was up to the task. Finding himself all alone facing an attacking Meadville striker, Parry aggressively attacked, kicked the ball up to his own offensive players and thwarted the offensive push by Meadville.