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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | September 22, 2022 | Photo courtesy David Alliger


WAVERLY — Sophomore Addison Westbrook scored late in the game to lift Waverly to a 1-0 win over Newark Valley in a battle of state-ranked teams here Thursday night in IAC South Large School Division girls soccer action at Memorial Stadium.

Waverly, ranked 16th in New York State’s Class C rankings, improves to 7-0 on the season, while Newark Valley, ranked 25th in Class C, falls to 6-1-1.

Waverly coach Tara Hogan said her team didn’t play it’s best, but the defense covered for many of its mistakes.

“This wasn't our strongest played game,” said Hogan. “We made a lot of mistakes, and never quite found our rhythm.  

“Usually in the second half, we pull things together and make adjustments that work; that wasn't the story tonight.

“Newark Valley outplayed us the second half, but thanks to our defenders —Paige Robinson, Olivia Robinson, and Claire Clonch — and stopper Makenzie Olmstead, they were never really able to put something together,” Hogan noted.

“We had a few more opportunities to move forward in the second half, but Newark Valley’s defenders kept a close tab on our forwards,” she added. “Thankfully, we were able to pull out the win.”

After more than 85 minutes of scoreless soccer 8th-grader Lauren Gorsline found Addy Westbrook near the top-of-the-18, and Westbrook’s shot sailed over the keeper’s head to put the Wolverines in the lead.

“Addy (Westbrook) had a beautiful shot sail, and Lauren (Gorsline) had some amazing passes to her fellow forwards.  She sees the field and her options very well,” added Hogan.

Waverly had a 9-7 edge in shots-on-goal, and a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Sophomore Lea Cole recorded six saves in net for the Lady Wolverines.

Waverly travels to O-M Tuesday.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.