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2014 Fall ORSA Ritchey

ORSA Ritchey at Mercer - 09/28/14

posted Oct 3, 2014, 1:33 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

ORSA U10-Ritchey tied Mercer 1-1 in a game that saw a much improved ORSA team take the pitch.  Landon Perry in the true definition of a teammate played keeper the entire game and was exceptional.  At the start ORSA took control of the match, putting Mercer on the defensive with an offensive onslaught of dribbling runs and passes.  Kaden Henderson was fantastic from his striker position as he constantly pressured with the ball and held possession in the offensive end.  Jay Prettyman was great on the ball taking touches and getting behind the final line of defense to get shots on goal.  Eventually Jay put one in the back of the net to record his first ORSA goal ever and put ORSA up 1-0.  ORSA would not let up the pressure.  Seldon Bean was also attacking and had shots that were either saved by the Mercer keeper or shot just wide of the goal.  ORSA had another great opportunity in the closing moments of the first half with Kaden Henderson once again holding the ball in the offensive zone and drawing a foul in the penalty box resulting in a penalty shot.  Kaden immediately went to the spot to take the kick and his shot missed the goal wide by a few inches.  Mercer's best opportunity of the first half was a 2 on 1 into the ORSA defense, but Tanner Kightlinger was up to the challenge with a timely tackle that moved the ball out to a teammate and thwarted the threat.  ORSA took a 1-0 lead into the half.  The 2nd half started much the same for ORSA; ORSA attacking and Mercer trying to counter attack and catch the ORSA defenders too far forward.  Mercer was able to pull one off creating a 1 on 1 versus keeper Landon Perry.  Without the help of a stray ball along the goal post giving a deflection and putting the ball in the net, Perry would have kept a shutout.  With the score tied 1-1 and with such a questionable goal it would have been easy for ORSA to hang their heads but they did not.  Keegan Shreffler in at midfield from his normal defensive position attacked and had several good opportunities but just could not get one in.  Jay Prettyman likewise had chances at goal but Mercer's keeper made save after save to preserve the tie.  Carson Whitling, Seldon Bean, Keegan Shreffler and Connor Ritchey all played great defense, keeping all but a few shots away from goal.  It was a much better team effort with all players improving on their last performance.

ORSA Ritchey at Clarion-Green - 09/21/14

posted Oct 3, 2014, 1:31 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

ORSA U10-Ritchey lost to Clarion U10-Green 5-0 putting their record at 1-2.  The game was played in just about every weather condition but snow in the first half, as a brief bit of sunshine at the start quickly changed to driving rain.  Thanks goes out to the Griffins for setting up a canopy over the bench despite the coaches saying it wasn't necessary.  They were wrong and it kept the coaches and the few players on the bench dry during the monsoon.  The weather seemed to affect the ORSA players as they gave up 4 first half goals.  The second half produced a much better team effort and it was needed as Clarion continued to press the attack.  Sawyer Cavalline made several saves as keeper and Landon Perry made several clearances including a great header on a Clarion cross into the box.  Seldon Bean, Caleb Griffin, and Keegan Shreffler were solid once again with Keegan and Seldon flowing to the ball defensively to break up the Clarion attacks and Griff along with Carson Whitling and Jay Prettyman trying to press the counter-attack when they had the opportunity.  RaeLynn Montgomery also assisted by falling back to help defensively from her forward spot and Connor Ritchey and Kaden Henderson also helped by breaking up plays on defense.  ORSA U10 Ritchey plays away next week at Mercer.

ORSA Ritchey vs Kinzua - 09/14/14

posted Sep 19, 2014, 4:12 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

ORSA U10-Ritchey lost 4-0 to Kinzua.  The first half finished tied 0-0 with each team having chances at goal.  ORSA's best chance came in the last minute of the half, with Chip Whitling putting a ball ahead to Seldon Bean.  Seldon beat two defenders and was in on the keeper, who had to come off his line to make the save.  With that save, time expired to end the half.  The second half started much the same as the first with Kinzua having a lot of possession and ORSA counter-attacking.  With Kinzua keeping the ball in ORSA's half they were able to score 4 straight goals and only the hard work of Seldon Bean, Keegan Shreffler, Landon Perry, and keeper Sawyer Cavalline kept it from being more.  ORSA was not without chances as Connor Ritchey had a breakaway and was one on one with the keeper only to have his shot go wide and Jay Prettyman beat several players and took a shot with his left foot, but the Kinzua keeper was able to make the save.  The entire team played hard throughout, but just couldn't get the ball into the goal.  

ORSA Ritchey vs Clarion White - 09/07/14

posted Sep 19, 2014, 4:08 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

ORSA U10 - Ritchey defeated Clarion U10 - White 1-0 in a closely fought contest.  The first half finished 0-0 as each teams' defenses and keepers kept goals out of the net.  All of ORSA's players contributed in the game, notably, Keegan Shreffler and Caleb Griffin on defense.  Griffin made several last ditch tackles, steals, and clearances to stop Clarion attacks.  Throughout the game, Seldon Bean, Jay Prettyman, RaeLynn Montgomery and Carson "Chip" Whitling created goal scoring opportunities that were stopped by the Clarion defense.  Chip Whitling prevailed, dribbling past three defenders to put a shot in the lower left 90 past the Clarion keeper to put ORSA up 1-0.  ORSA managed to preserve its 1 goal advantage through timely defense and some great saves from second half keeper Sawyer Cavalline.  The victory was a total team effort!

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