The second game of a soccer tripleheader at Tiger Stadium in Hollidaysburg looked a lot like the first.

Richland defeated Penns Valley 3-0 to win its second District 6 Class AA girls soccer championship. That came about two hours after the Richland boys beat Penns Valley 2-0 to win the Class A championship on the same field.

Laura Stayrook scored all three goals and Katie Ross recorded the shutout for Richland, which improved to 15-4-1.

“This just feels great,” Richland coach Nathan Gironda said. “I’m so proud of the girls. They’ve earned and deserve this.”

Richland, which came into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed, had a difficult road to the title.

After blanking Cambria Heights 6-0 in the quarterfinals, Richland upset top-seeded Bishop McCort 2-1 in the semifinal round.

That set up the championship game with Penns Valley, which was the second seed.

Penns Valley (16-5-1) beat third-seeded West Branch 4-1 in the semifinal.

Richland had an early opportunity, as Stayrook put a shot on goal less than a minute into the game.

The teams traded scoring chances early on, but each came up empty handed.

Penns Valley’s Liz Ventura put a shot on Richland’s net, but was blocked and held by Ross.

Richland had a scoring opportunity on a breakaway by Stayrook, but couldn’t get it past Penns Valley keeper Ally Lush.

Richland got another chance later in the half thanks to a trip in the box, which resulted in a penalty kick. Stayrook stepped up and put the ball past Lush.

Penns Valley returned with a strong chance, but the scoring opportunity was stopped by Ross.

Richland’s Katie Szczur had a shot that was bobbled by Lush but eventually kept. Another shot from Savanna Wingard off of a header but didn’t find the net.

Stayrook netted her second goal of the night in the 38th minute, giving Richland a 2-0 lead at the half.

There was no early scoring in the second half, but with less than 15 minutes on the clock, senior Alex Popovnak sent a 30-yard direct kick downfield, where Stayrook headed it in to set the final.

“They outhustled us and beat us fair and square,” Penns Valley coach Jeff Wiest said. “Richland played a great game, and they deserved to win.”

Richland will face the District 4 third-place finisher on Tuesday in the PIAA playoffs.

“It’s going to be exciting, and we’re going to see some good teams. The girls worked hard to get here and we’re going to play tough like always.

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