Downsville edges MCS in girls' soccer

Short in numbers but big in heart, Margaretville girls’ soccer coach Toni Smith is pleased with her team’s early season start. Saturday, the Blue Devils played without substitutes, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision in the championship game of the Downsville tournament. The loss was Margaretville’s first against two victories in the young season.

“We were shorthanded with only 11 girls but played extremely well. We dominated early in the game but wore down during the later stages,” Smith reported after the game. Smith’s squad was without their starting goalie, Alexis Molnar who was taking ACT exams. Two midfielders were unavailable due to injury.

Tess Svoboda nabbed the game’s first score, netting an unassisted tally early in the second half. The Blue Devils almost made the Svoboda goal stand, keeping Downsville from the goal until 2:22 in regulation time. An Eagle corner kick was Margaretville’s undoing.

Pulling ahead
Kim Dusseldorp volleyed a cross finding Leigha LaTourette for the tying score. Downsville nailed the winning score off the kickoff 11 seconds into the second overtime. This time LaTourette sent a long cross that was played by Kendra Lacey. Lacey split two Blue Devils defenders before hitting the winning score.

“We were down players in the midfield, so we moved some key strikers back. That pinched our offense. Cora Bruno turned in a terrific effort of the front line, but we just couldn’t find a goal when we needed,” said Smith.

Smith is pleased with the play of her center midfielder Raeann Bond. Strong, and fit, Bond runs well and is controlling play in the critical middle of the field.

Sweeper Kellsey Buerge and stopper Rachel Mathiesen make a formidable tandem in the Blue Devil’s backfield. Both have shown superb leadership and support in that critical area of the field.