Two Dittman Goals 54 Seconds Apart in First Half Helps Karns City Girls’ Advance Back to D9 Title Game

Chris Rossetti

Chris Rossetti

Published October 24, 2018 4:20 am
Two Dittman Goals 54 Seconds Apart in First Half Helps Karns City Girls’ Advance Back to D9 Title Game

BROCKWAY, Pa. (D9Sports) — Two Hunter Dittman goals 54 seconds apart just a little over midway through the first half lifted second-seeded Karns City to a 2-1 win over third-seeded Clearfield in the District 9 Class 2A girls’ soccer semifinals.

(Photo of Hunter Dittman. Photo by Howie Dittman)

Played at Varischetti Field in Brockway, Dittman scored early in the 22nd minute off a corner kick by the Lady Gremlins.

Alyson Fennell took the corner from the right side of the net and Alexis Moore knocked it down then tried to kick it towards the net. The ball glanced off Clearfield’s Lydia Brown and went right to Dittman, who was about 10 yards out. Dittman was then able to beat Lady Bison keeper Hayley Moore just inside the left post to give Karns City a 1-0 lead.

Dittman’s second goal, just moments later, was much flukier. In fact, the Lady Gremlins senior said she wasn’t even taking a shot on goal just trying to put a ball through the Clearfield defense. But the ball took a large hop off the turf at Brockway and ended up bouncing over the head of Moore and into the back of the net just below the crossbar.

“Honestly, that wasn’t a shot,” Dittman said. “We worked on through ball to beat their defensive line. It went more to the middle than I wanted. But it worked out.”

Hear more of Dittman’s thoughts on the win.

The 2-0 lead, which held into halftime, was well earned by Karns City, which dominated play throughout most of the first half.

The Lady Gremlins, who beat Clearfield 3-0 in last year’s 2A title game to win their 20th D9 title in 23 years and their second straight in Class 2A, held possession of the ball in Lady Bison territory for the vast majority of the first half. Outside of a two minute stretch around the nine-minute mark, Clearfield rarely threatened Karns City.

But while the Lady Gremlins controlled territorial play, they didn’t get many great scoring chances with perhaps the best chance being a shot that went high.

After Dittman’s two quick goals, she actually had a couple of good chances for the natural hat trick but had an opportunity on a corner kick thwarted by Moore with a lot of contact right along the goal line early in the 32nd minute and then had another good chance in the 38th minute that was denied.

After halftime, Karns City looked determined in the early minutes of the second half to add to its lead with both Olivia Rumbaugh and Alexis Moore having good opportunities.

But it was Clearfield that answered the bell when Alayna Ryan was taken down in the box early and was awarded a penalty shot, that she buried early in the 51st minute to get the Lady Bison within a tally, 2-1.

After the Ryan goal, Karns City had a couple of good chances over the next eight minutes to regain the two-goal lead, including at least three corner kicks. But the Lady Gremlins couldn’t connect.

Then starting in about the 61st minute, Clearfield, playing desperate, started getting the better of the chances.

Emma Hipps had a shot that just went over the top of the net from the side, and the Lady Bison ended up with three corners in the final 15 minutes but couldn’t connect.

“We didn’t play sound in the second half,” Karns City head coach Tracy Dailey said. “We were not winning the 50-50 balls. They were beating us to the ball. Clearfield was the better team the second half. It was fortunate that we were able to take care of it in the first half. But that momentum changed, and after that PK, they were definitely back in the game with momentum going their way. So, we just had to get back to what we knew and challenge on every 50-50 ball and win the balls.”

Hear what else Dailey had to say including about her MVP senior Dittman.

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