Andes boys', girls' soccer teams struggle to find stride late in season

A four-game slide has turned the Andes boys’ soccer season upside down. The Mountaineers lost two games last week to run their loss streak to four and even their record at 6-6. The Andes’ offense has struggled during the turnaround.
Friday, Andes dropped a 4-1 decision at Downsville. Unlike Andes, Downsville is in the midst of a late-season surge. The win over Andes was the Eagles’ fourth in a row.
Andes battled hard in the opening half, battling the Eagles to a 1-1 standoff. Ethan Berghammer converted a pass from Corey Barrett for the Mountaineers’ score.
Donald Jennings broke the tie early in the second half. Jennings used a through pass from Dustin Keesler to set up the score just over two minutes into the final half. Later, Keesler crossed a ball that Paul Stein headed into the goal to extend the Eagles’ lead.
The Mountaineers came home from Windham with a disappointing 2-1 loss earlier in the week. Andes grabbed an early lead when Eric Reed directed a perfect corner kick finding Peter Fabrykiewicz, who headed the shot into the goal.
The score held until halftime, but second half blues bit the Mountaineers again. Julius Starr was the culprit, hitting a goal and dishing out an assist in the second half for Windham. Starr hit Will Grunenthal for a goal early and then capitalized on a Jon Lindine pass to nab the game winner.
Josh Bonifacic had a busy day tending the nets for Andes making 18 saves.
Andes will try to salvage a .500 season on the road this week in Hunter.

Windham nips Andes girls
The Andes girls’ soccer players like to joke that perhaps if they could hook together two goals in the same game, they might push into the winner’s column. Last week, the Mountaineers did one better, scoring three times in a game played against Windham. But, Windham scored four goals of their own leaving the young Mountaineers’ squad one goal short.
The game was proof positive of the strides made in Andes this season. The girls spread the field, displayed a crisp passing game, and realized several promising scoring opportunities. In the end, it was Mariah Ruff who tallied all three goals for the Mountaineers.
After Windham scored early in the contest, Ruff delivered twice, once unassisted and once using a pass from Gina Tait. Windham retook the lead by the intermission break when Jackie Maisonave and Rachel Valerio hit goals before the half.
A pass from Ashley Terry to Ruff resulted in a goal, knotting the score at 3. Crystyn answered with the game winner within a minute of Ruff’s final score.