Gannon Ends Spring Trip with Victory at Young Harris

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - Gannon scored the first six goals of the contest, opened a 12-3 halftime lead and rolled to a 19-5 victory at Young Harris (Ga.) Saturday afternoon.

Gannon held Young Harris scoreless for the first 13 minutes and two seconds. By that time, the Lady Knights had ripped off six goals. Kimberly Neagle (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) tallied half of those goals while Christie Valentine (Friendship, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) netted two.

Following a pair of scores by the home team, Gannon rebounded with another six goals to produce a 12-2 advantage with 7:53 remaining in the first half. Young Harris then converted a free position shot at the 4:32 mark, before heading into the break with a 12-3 deficit.

Gannon wasted little time putting the match out of reach after halftime. Tessa Mitchell (Rush, N.Y./Rush Henrietta) found the back of the net 26 seconds into the second half, starting a 6-0 run. Six different Lady Knights scored during the opening second-half run. Kelsey Bright's (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) third goal of the contest pushed the Gannon lead to 18-3 with 9:21 left. Young Harris posted two of the final three scores to account for the final 19-5 score.

Neagle led all scorers with five goals and one assist. Valentine and Bright finished with three goals and one assist. Mitchell and Stevie Lombardoni (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) added two scores each.

Paige Darby (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst Central), Jessica Kallenborn (Elmira, N.Y./Horseheads), Maddie Ulfig (Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial) and Yohana Romero (Elkhart, Ind./Concord) recorded their first career goals. Carly Shaw (Somers, N.Y./Somers) earned her first career victory in goal, allowing three goals and making two saves during the first half. Chrissy Yoest (Erie, Pa./McDowell) played the final 30 minutes between the pipes, surrendering two goals while making one save.

Gannon concluded its spring trip with a 1-2 record. Young Harris dropped to 1-6. The Lady Knights will have eight days off until hosting Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) Monday, March 17 at Gannon University Field. The home opener is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.


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