ORSA Umbenhaur at Meadville Black - 06/01/14

posted Jun 3, 2014, 4:38 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth
The ORSA U10 Umbenhaur team beat the previously undefeated U10 Meadville Black team 4-2 Sunday in Meadville. The game was a tough, hard nosed battle all of the way, however the ORSA team was able to push through by way of playing as a team in all phases of the game.

Gage Hanniwalt continued to his goal scoring streak early in the match by breaking free of the Meadville defense and placing a strong kick in the back of the net. Hanniwalt scored again in the first half after receiving the ball from the ORSA defense, and carried the ball to the goal. With ORSA having a 2-0 lead in the second half, Meadville broke through the solid ORSA defense and scored their first goal of the match, making the score 2-1. ORSA answered right back when Ethan Umbenhaur placed a beautiful through ball to Hanniwalt who drilled it into the goal to put the ORSA Force up 3-1. Later in the match, Meadville again was on the attack when they placed a shot past the outstretched arms of Force keeper Drew Wilkinson. However, the game was quickly put out of reach when Hanniwalt crossed a ball to Umbenhaur who raced by the Meadville defender and put the ball in the net to give ORSA a 4-2 lead, and ultimately the win.

ORSA's defenders and keeper played phenomenally in the win, as they continuously shut down the potent Meadville offensive efforts. Josh Hacherl played a great game, and served as the defensive anchor as he turned away all of Meadville's skilled offensive players. Hailey Yard also played great in the defensive half, as she used her speed to beat the offensive players to the ball and send it up field. Wilkinson was fantastic in goal, as he controlled the game, and he continued to frustrate the Meadville attack with save after save. Ben Yard and Kenadee Schiffer provided support in the middle of the field, as they worked to keep the Meadville team in check. Kaden Henderson, Owen Smith, and Brady Umbenhaur all contributed key offensive and defensive plays in the win by their continued pursuit of the ball.

Overall, the team played well together, and through their teamwork they were able to take down a very skilled team. Their dedication and trust in each other provided the team with a boost that was needed to beat the undefeated Meadville Black team.
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