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U10 Ritchey Game Summary

ORSA Ritchey vs Meadville Black - 06/08/14

posted Jun 16, 2014, 10:48 AM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

U10 ORSA - Ritchey gave up a tough loss 6-2 to league champions Meadville - Black.  Meadville scored first to take a 1-0 lead.  ORSA equalized soon after with a goal by Gage Haniwalt assisted by Quinn Ritchey.  Dustin McMullen made several tough saves in the first half and was under pressure for the entire game.  With the linesman not calling offsides McMullen was put in several one on one situations and made several huge saves but before half Meadville Black managed to get one by and take the lead 2-1.  In the second half Meadville Black showed why they were top of the league with a huge offensive push that ended with 4 additional goals.  Despite the goals keeper Dustin McMullen had his best game at that postion making diving safes, staying tough and making saves while the Meadville players crashed into him.  ORSA Ritchey was not without chances but the Meadville defense was up to the task each time.  In the last minute of the game Josh Hachryl took off in a 2 on 1 break and took a shot to the far top corner of the goal beating the keeper to finish the scoring in the game and leaving a final score of 6-2.  Hachryl, Rylee Reed, Keegan Shreffler, and Caleb Griffin all played well on each side of the field, while Gage Haniwalt was a terror on the offensive end but just couldn't get through the tough physical defense of Meadville.  It was a great year for U10 ORSA - Ritchey.  They game a long way as a team from the first game when they didn't even know each others names to becoming teammates, friends, and better soccer players.  Each player on the team has improved dramatically over the season and it will be exciting to watch their skills and knowledge of the game improve over time. 

ORSA Ritchey at Mercer-Bailey - 06/01/14

posted Jun 3, 2014, 4:31 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

U10 ORSA - Ritchey defeated Mercer - Bailey 3-1 on a fantastic day in western PA. Keegan Shreffler had a nice cross in the early moments of the game that didn't go for a goal, but was great to see the players starting to go to space and then receive a pass for going there. Quinn Ritchey opened up the scoring by scoring back to back goals to give ORSA a 2-0 lead. Caleb Prettyman missed an great opportunity at adding another on a pass from Quinn who was creative throughout the game dribbling around defenders and also picking out teammates with long passes. Mercer scored their lone goal in the second half as ORSA's defense got turned around and left their keeper in a one on one and he was unable to keep out the shot. With the score now 2-1 keeper Aiden Kightlinger had to make a couple really good saves to keep ORSA in the lead. Several of ORSA's players had opportunities at goals, but it wasn't until late in the second half that Caleb Prettyman broke through the defense and was stopped by the keeper once but got the rebound and pounded it home to make the game 3-1. Prettyman had attacked relentlessly thoughout the game and wasn't able to put it all together until that final goal. It was good to see his effort get rewarded. All the players played great, but Caleb Griffin and Keegan Shreffler played their best games to date. Both saw time at striker and defensive back and were equal to the task. U10 ORSA Ritchey wraps up their season at Meadville next weekend.

ORSA Ritchey vs ORSA Kerr - 05/18/14

posted May 21, 2014, 5:56 AM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

ORSA Kerr defeated ORSA Ritchey 3-1 in a close fought contest throughout.  ORSA Ritchey opened up the scoring with Caleb Prettyman slicing through the defense and putting his shot into the back of the net to put ORSA Ritchey up 1-0. Nate Pfennigwerth put ORSA Kerr back even by getting a poorly cleared ball by ORSA Ritchey leaving him one on one with the keeper and he buried it in the back of the net, score 1-1.  The rest of the first half and most of the second half were dominated by missed opportunities by both teams along with great saves by keepers Dustin McMullen and Adian Kightlinger for ORSA Ritchey and Jonathan Leccia for ORSA Kerr.  Rylee Reed, Nadalie Latchaw, and Quinn Ritchey all had good chances at goal for ORSA Ritchey and Lauren Billingsly, Tristen Bliss, and Nate Pfennigwerth had great chances for ORSA Kerr as well.  Time was winding down and it looked the match would finish in a tie, but Nate Pfennigwerth wasn't done.  His first strike came with him disecting the ORSA Ritchey defense and scoring to put ORSA Kerr up 2-1 with under 5 minutes to go.  And then a brilliant pass on the following possession to teammate Carson Kerr who was up to the task with a great shot of his own to seal the victory 3-1 and leaving ORSA Ritchey wondering what might have been. 

ORSA Ritchey vs Kinzua Darling - 05/10/14

posted May 15, 2014, 7:04 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

ORSA U10 - Ritchey lost a hard fought contest 1-3 versus Kinzua-Darling.  Kinzua scored early on a corner kick put across the goal mouth and put in at the far post.  Being down 1-0 it looked to be a desperate time for ORSA early, but Carson Whitling subsituted in at striker created a chance at goal by stealing the ball and he made the most of it by putting the ball into the net and scoring to tie the game with his first goal of the season.  Once again Dustin McMullen kept the game tied with several saves including one save on a penalty kick that he managed to deflect just enough to put it off the cross bar.  At the start of the second half ORSA's defense was again under seige but managed to stay even until yet another corner kick.  Kinzua again put the ball across the mouth of goal which deflected off the keeper and was tapped home.  Kinzua now up 2-1 continued to keep up the offensive pressure and put in an insurance goal to make the score 3-1.  Riley Reed in at striker looked to have a clear opportunity at a goal scoring chance, but the defender did just enough to deflect the ball out of bounds.  ORSA - Ritchey ran out of time and chances and recorded their first loss of the season.

ORSA Ritchey vs Mercer-Graul - 05/04/14

posted May 6, 2014, 8:24 AM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

ORSA Force- Ritchey played Mercer - Graul to a 2-1 victory today.  ORSA came out flat with little determination and as a result much of the first half was played in their own side of the field with keeper Dustin McMullen forced to make several tough saves to enable his team to go out of the first half with a 0-0 tied score.  When ORSA did come out with some offensive pressure it was led by Caleb Prettyman who just missed wide on one shot and had chances at others.  His pace continues to give him scoring opportunities and he also had some passes to teammates that gave them opportunities to shoot.  Carson Whitling awarded with a start for his performance last week, continued to show improvement this week, by making several good passes in the offensive end that offered his teammates chances on goal.  Caleb Griffin also had some offensive opportunites as he took passes from his defense and pushed the ball down the sideline but Mercer's defense was up to the task and turned the ball away each time.  Shortly after the start of the second half Dustin McMullen was substituted in as a striker and quickly made a positive impact.  He was very aggressive and as a result scored his first goal of the season to put the Force up 1-0.  Mercer equalized three quarters of the way through the second half and if not for second half keeper Aiden Kightlinger making several saves including two 1 on 1 opportunities the Force would have been faced with their first loss of the season.  It now appeared the game was going to end in a 1-1 tie as time was running out.  Mercer's defense pushed the ball down the field across the midfield line, but Keegan Shreffler having played tough defense all day stepped up from his right back position and placed a perfect one touch pass to Prettyman who turned with the ball and it looked to be a great chance for a goal.  He was fouled just outside the penalty box  with just a few minutes to play resulting in a direct kick for the Force.  As Mercer set up their wall and defense Quinn Ritchey set up to take the free kick.  At the referee's permission he took the kick and scored the game winning goal, beating the wall and the keeper into the right side of goal.  It was a great strike that was all set up by a great pass by Shreffler and a good move by Prettyman.  A 2-1 victory for the Force with next week's game coming on Saturday versus Kinzua.

ORSA Ritchey at Kinzua Harrison 4/27/14

posted Apr 28, 2014, 10:20 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

The ORSA Force Ritchey U10s came through with a 1-0 victory over Kinzua in a cluttered, but hard fought victory. The first half started with several missed chances until Quinn Ritchey managed to break through and score for the only goal of the match. Dustin McMullen playing keeper made a great diving save in the opening half to preserve the lead and ultimately the win. Once again Rylee Reed, Aiden Kightlinger and Keegan Shreffler were solid at the back keeping Kinzua to very few opportunities. Chip Whitling played tough the second half staying in his position and getting some opportunities on some long passes from his defense. He has quickly become the go to player on throw-ins because he always does them correctly. Caleb Prettyman had some good opportunities utilizing his pace, but just couldn't get one to go. It was a game with a lot of missed chances by the Force, but they still managed to come away with a win.

ORSA Ritchey vs Meadville Red 4/13/14

posted Apr 14, 2014, 7:55 AM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

The U10 ORSA Force defeated Meadville-Red 4-1 in perfect Western PA weather. The game was played at the Meadville Highschool football field which has turf instead of real grass.  The players expressed how nice it was to have the ball roll straight when dribbling and passing instead of the typical bounce all over when playing on grass.  The game started off a little slow as each side tested the other in the opening minutes.  Caleb Griffin stopped what would have been an excellent chance for Meadville on a cross to an unmarked defender on the weakside, but Caleb dropped back and foiled the pass and the ball went out of bounds for a throw-in.  The Force got their first chance on an over top ball from keeper Dustin McMullen to Caleb Griffin, who made some great touches including one off of his chest to get the ball through the defense, but took a slightly heavy last touch that allowed the keeper to come out and make the save.  The next chance came on a cross from Caleb Prettyman to Quinn Ritchey that resulted in a left footed shot on goal, but the referee called Quinn offside.  After reviewing the tape at home, he was in fact onside and play should have continued.  Oh well even the pro's miss that call from time to time.  A short time later Caleb Prettyman got another chance as he broke away from the defense with his speed and beat the keeper with a low shot to make it 1-0 Force.  A few minutes later Meadville-Red got a corner kick opportunity and they capitalized with a cross that made it all the way through the 6 yard box to an unmarked player who shot and beat Force keeper Dustin McMullen at the far post.  The game went into halftime with the score tied 1-1.  The second half was all Force as they came out and played more aggressive.  Quinn Ritchey opened up the scoring by dribbling by two defenders and scoring on a shot to the corner underneath the keepers outstretched hand.  Score 2-1.  Dustin McMullen now in at defensive back made a steal and carried the ball quickly up through the defense and took a shot only to have it go wide.  The next chance would come off a throw-in.  Dustin M. took a throw-in and Caleb P. made a run down the line.  Dustin led him perfectly and Caleb took a touch and found himself in a 2 on 1 with the keeper.  He had his choice to pass to the waiting Carson "Chip" Whitling or take the shot and he took the shot beating the keeper on the near post.  Score 3-1.  A short time later the Force had another 2 on 1 with the keeper and the same two players.  This time Caleb tried a cross to Chip, but the keeper came out and intercepted the pass.  Quinn R. and Caleb P. working together stole the ball and quickly advanced down the field with the ball ending up at Quinn's feet.  He took a couple of touches across the 18 yard box and shot beating the keeper and making the score 4-1.  On a ball over the top Rylee Reed playing midfield took off beating everybody, but a heavy touch allowed the keeper to make a save on what would have been another good chance at a goal.  Late in the second half Aiden Kightlinger now in at keeper made a save and punted the ball down the field.  Chip Whitling controlled the ball and found himself 1 on 1 with the keeper only to have the referee blow his whistle signaling the end of the game and a 4-1 victory for the Force.  As usual those on the defensive side of the ball don't get many headlines, but are crucial to the outcome of the game.  Aiden Kightlinger, Rylee Reed,  Keegan Shreffler, and Dustin McMullen all played tough defense backing each other up, watching the weakside, and communicating to each other during set pieces and when an opposing player was trying to sneak in unnoticed from the back side.  Rylee in particular stayed home all day playing her position exactly the way we had gone over in practice the previous Thursday.  All the players on the team contributed to the victory whether it was making good throw-ins or getting stuck in on an opposing player as they were moving down the field with the ball.  As a team we are looking for improvement from game to game and we definately saw improvement from each player from the Mercer tournament the previous weekend.  Several times I saw players looking to pass to their teammates and although the passes may not have always been successful, they were looking to pass instead of just keeping their head down and trying to dribble through everyone.  The Force will be taking next weekend off in because of Easter, but play again on April 27 making the long road trip to Warren.

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