Busy week for area high school soccer clubs
Roxbury girls gain experience; Blue Devil boys split in tourney
By John Bernhardt
RCS girls’ offense struggles
“Coming off the last couple of games, we’re definitely playing with more intensity,” praised Roxbury’s first-year girls’ soccer coach Lisa Faraci. “Things have been coming together. We’re controlling the ball more and putting together some good runs. Unfortunately, we’re still having trouble finding the nets.”
Faraci’s description provided the script for Roxbury’s 1-0 defeat Thursday in Stamford. The Rockets took more shots on goal (10-7) and had more corner kick opportunities (6-5) but simply couldn’t find the nets.
Jessica Freer’s goal three minutes into the game was all Stamford needed as the Indians squeezed out a single-goal win. Emily Hull dribbled the ball deep into the left corner and placed a cross to Freer for the deciding score.
“Karly Bolger is really playing some great ball for us,” explained Faraci. “We’re staying positive and playing some good ball. We need to stay focused and keep looking to move forward.”
The Lady Rockets earned a 1-1 tie with visiting Windham Monday afternoon in a game that was called with 10 minutes left to play because of an injury to a Windham player.
Shannon McGovern opened the scoring for Windham and then Heather Davie scored for the Lady Rockets with 5:07 left in the first half to knot the score at 1.
Roxbury keeper Tarah DiBenedetto made a nice save on a penalty kick early in the second half to turn back what would have been the game winner.
Windham player Shannon Black injured her back in a collision with 10 minutes remaining and was taken to a hospital via ambulance. WAJ coach Jay Laveroni accompanied his player to the hospital forcing the game to be called.
Roxbury will play on the road in Downsville tomorrow.
Seven up for Rockets
It was seven up for the Roxbury boys’ soccer team last week. The Rockets pushed past Stamford for the second time in less than a week, beating the Indians, 4-2, in a game played in Roxbury on Thursday. The win was Roxbury’s seventh, improving the Rockets’ mark to 7-3 on the year.
Ryan Skipper continued his torrid scoring, banging home two more Roxbury goals. Owen Sanford and David Clark added goals for the Rockets. Jamie VanDyke was credited with an assist.
Roxbury coach Tom Faraci is pleased with his team’s recent play. “We’re much more consistent than we were earlier in the season. I’m hoping we can build some confidence from that. We finish our season with some tough games.”
Andes still rolling
Crisp passing, good ball control, and a Peter Fabrykiewicz hat trick helped Andes down Gilboa, 4-1, in a Delaware League game played in Andes last Thursday. Eddie MacKay added a goal for the Mountaineers.
Andes had a big shot advantage (25-11) in chalking up their fifth win of the season. The victory gives the Mountaineers a 3-1 Delaware League mark, setting up a showdown of sorts with undefeated and first place South Kortright tomorrow afternoon in Andes.
Margaretville drops Windham
With the outcome of the division title seeming to hang in the balance of every Delaware League game, the Margaretville boys’ soccer team almost resembles baseball’s New York Mets. Only the Blue Devils seem to be handling the pressure more effectively than the Metropolitans. Margaretville looked sharp last Tuesday in a must win game in Windham, pounding the previously undefeated Warriors, 6-1.
Josh Smith made a statement for the Blue Devils early in the game, and Windham never recovered. Smith used blazing speed and three perfect chip passes from three different teammates to get three one-on-one goals past Windham tender, Zhenya Doolan. Brian Faulkner, Greg Lehn and Steven Amundsen dished Smith the passes with the senior striker scoring twice with his feet and once with his head.
Windham’s Julius Starr put the Warriors on the scoreboard with six minutes left in the half. But, an impressive strike into the left-hand corner of the nets by Lucas LaBumbard broke the Warriors’ spirit.
Cody Fronckowiak and David Hull both netted second-half goals for Mar-garetville.
“The game was closer than the score indicates. We simply executed well with our scoring opportunities,” elaborated Margaretville coach Jeremey Marks.
Margaretville plays two pivotal road games this week, Thursday at Davenport and Saturday morning in Andes. The Saturday game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Lady Blue Devils topple Windham
Amanda Drizis and Erica Faulkner teamed to score two goals in the first nine minutes of last week’s game with Windham, and the Blue Devils were never headed. Drisis pushed a through ball down the middle, finding Faulkner for the game’s first score 7:39 into the game. Faulkner returned the favor assisting a Drisis goal less than two minutes later. Margaretville used the early scoring thrust to down the Warriors, 4-2, in an important Delaware League contest.
Tania Silva continued the Blue Devils’ run, rebounding her own shot that deflected off the pole for the game’s third score.
Jackie Maisonave broke the shutout with a Windham score later in the first half. Karla Nava used a Faulkner pass to perfectly place a chip shot just beyond the reach of the Windham goalie just before the half giving Margaretville a 4-1 advantage.
Windham’s Bridgette Charbonneau scored the only goal of the second half.
The win improved Margaretville’s Delaware League record to 3-1. The Blue Devils host Mountain Division leader, Davenport, on Thursday.
Girls’ tournament play
Hall of Fame Cup
Margaretville 3, Morris 0
Erica Faulkner scored twice in the opening half, as Margaretville bested Morris 3-0 in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tournament in Oneonta Saturday. Danielle Hull assisted Faulkner’s first score.
A scrappy Casey Hubbell goal in the second half finished the scoring. Anticipating well, Hubbell assertively charged into a melee in front of the nets to rebound home a missed shot for the score. Faulkner and Karla Nava were both credited with assists on the play.
Edmeston 5, Margaretville 0
The young Margaretville squad got an up close and personal look at one of the better girls’ soccer teams in New York State in the championship round of Group 18 Sunday. Edmeston, (10-0) and ranked second in the state, streaked past the Blue Devils, 5-0, in the title game.
“Edmeston is strong,” noted Margaretville coach Toni Smith. The Panthers have outscored their opponents, 43-1, on the year.
Boys' tournament play
Margaretville 9, Schenevus 0
Margaretville had their offense cranked in high gear Friday in opening-round play of the Nelson Tournament in Fleischmanns. Seven different Blue Devils hit the scoring column in posting the one-sided victory.
Javier Martinez and Cody Fronckowiak led the scoring explosion scoring two goals apiece. Marcus Moore, Lucas LaBumbard, Josh Smith, Sam Mendoza and Drew Sylvester all scored single goals for the victors.
Ellenville 2, Margaretville 0
The Ellenville boys’ soccer team gave their coach a homecoming gift when they bested Margaretville, 2-0, Saturday night, to win the Nelson Tournament championship. Max Mead, the Ellenville coach, returned to his hometown to guide his team’s championship effort.
“Max does a great job with his guys,” complimented Margaretville coach Jeremey Marks. “Ellenville is very skilled, fast, and motivated.”
Ellenville scored 11 minutes into the game when Sebastian Moraga collected the ball off a goal kick 25 yards away, dribbled to the 18, and then fired a missile into the nets. The victors added a second score off a penalty kick later in the half.