The stands were pink and the Lady Raiders were ready. It was a pink out at Raider Stadium in Elverson, in a rematch between the Twin Valley Lady Raiders and the Lady Eagles of Exeter. While the first time these two teams met ended in a double overtime tie; this game would be much different. It had only been a few weeks but the Twin Valley Lady Raiders were about to demonstrate they were a much-improved squad.
Thirteen minutes into the game Senior Madyson Burns scored first for Twin Valley on a pass from Sophomore Hannah Oxendine.
Before the Eagles were able to begin to flap their wings, the Raiders would score two more goals, the first at minute 25:39, a long ball from Sophomore Nadia Ziegler, and then again at 24:42 a strong shot from Mady Burns, breaking the score to 3-0 in a matter of only minutes.
Ziegler would score again 5 minutes later to make the score 4-0.
The Eagles finally answered back with fifteen minutes remaining in the first half with a goal from Senior Alyssa Loscig to make the score 4-1.
With one minute remaining, Ziegler scored her third goal of the half sending the score to 5-1 at the half.
The Raiders struck first twelve minutes into the second half on a pass from Mady Burns to Junior Natalie Dorsheimer who found the net. Twin Valley 6 Exeter 1.
The second half was quiet until Exeter Senior Junior Michelle Mesquita found the net for the Eagles with thirteen minutes left to play.
Senior goalie Gillyan Dewbrew played hard defense for the Eagles and was able to keep out two penalty kicks taken by the Raiders, until Twin Valley Freshman Jackie Goebel found the back of the net on the third penalty kick of the game brining the score 7-2.
Playing strong defensely for the Raiders were seniors Jordan DeGary and Brooke Matherson.
When asked why her team looked so different than the Exeter matchup a few weeks ago, Coach Lindsay Staufenberg said, “We are finally coming together and developing a strong sense of what it means to be a team. We are finally getting it and we need to keep pushing.”
The Raiders improve their league record to 6-1-1 and hope to improve their record at Schuylkill Valley on Friday.
Twin Valley’s “Beast of the Game” was Sophomore Nadia Ziegler.
Ziegler found the net three times in the first half helping drive the raiders to victory.
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