Girls' soccer teams struggle to find the net; boys' teams add victories to win columns
By John Bernhardt
The American economy is not the only slowdown to hit late September of 2008. Last week, in Delaware County soccer league play, area girls’ soccer teams experienced a slow down of a different sort. Goal production slowed to a standstill last Thursday as all three local teams suffered shutout losses.
Davenport 3, MCS 0
Undefeated Davenport used a stifling defense to shut down Margaretville, snuffing out any hopes the Blue Devils had of winning the Upper Division title. The Wildcats kept Margaretville goalie Sarah Balka busy peppering 15 shots on goal to four strikes for the host team.
Holly Ward scored a goal and an assist to pace the Davenport attack. Chelsea Haight and Amanda Toombs added goals for the Wildcats.
The Blue Devils stand 6-5 on the season and look to bolster their push to reach the post season by bounding back this week.
Downsville 6, Roxbury 0
Krista Baxter was a goal-scoring machine for Downsville scoring four times as the Indians rolled to a 6-0 victory. Roxbury kept the contest close for a half, but the home team erupted to score four goals to put the game away during the final 40 minutes.
Allison Townsend and Chelsea Doing each scored goals for Downsville. Townsend dished out two assists.
South Kortright 4, Andes 0
Two Tallulah Guadagnino goals within 90 seconds of each other in the first half propelled South Kortright past Andes, 4-0, Thursday. Guadagnino’s first score 10 minutes into the game was unassisted. Renee Craft offered a hand with an assist on the second strike.
Mary Grant and Rebecca Soule rounded out the scoring for the Rams.
Downsville 3, Margaretville 2
As always seems to be the case, Margaretville’s Delaware League girls’ soccer match-up with Downsville was settled in the final minutes of play. This year, it was Downsville’s turn for late game heroics, when Krista Baxter ran down a long pass Tara Perico pass from the midfield and nailed the game winning blast from 20 yards out.
All of the game’s scoring came in the second half. After goals from Downsville’s Allison Townsend and Margaretville’s Christine Kelly, the Blue Devils used an Erica Faulkner score with 24 minutes to play to temporarily take control.
But, Baxter broke the Blue Devils’ lock settling a through ball from Townsend and directing it into the nets to even things up with 13 minutes to go. With the clock winding down, Baxter’s second goal was the difference with just 1:36 remaining.
Jefferson 7, Andes 1
Katie Bedford, Chelsea Martin and Hailee Pasa each found the nets two times as the Jay Hawks of Jefferson flew past Andes, 7-1 last week. Gina Tait scored on a 20-yard strike from the right wing for Andes.
Boys’ teams boost wins
It was a productive week for area boys’ soccer teams in the Delaware League. Margaretville won three times to establish its stance as one to the key contenders for the Delaware League crown.
Both Roxbury and Andes fortified their post season standing by adding a win to their overall records.
Margaretville 3, Davenport 1
Margaretville got a pleasant surprise when fullback Guy Nobile found the net midway through the first half of a 3-1 victory over Davenport last week. Nobile’s strike was the only goal of the half and gave the Blue Devils a boost in a critical Delaware League contest.
Josh Smith netted back-to-back scores in the second half to secure the Margaretville victory. Buddy Adam used a penalty kick to net the Wildcats’ only goal of the game.
The game was evenly played with the Blue Devils out-shooting their hosts, 18-17.
Roxbury 2, Worcester 0
Roxbury improved their post-season standing, besting non-league opponent Worcester, 2-0, Thursday. Ryan Skipper and David Clark each scored goals, one in the first half and one in the second, to secure the Rockets’ win. With the win, Roxbury im-proves to 8-3 on the year.
Andes 6, Jefferson 2
Peter Fabrykiewicz hit his second hat trick of the season, scoring three times in the Mountaineers 6-2 win over the Jay Hawks. Ethan Berghammer added a pair of goals and Corey Barrett netted a score for the Mountaineers. The win was Andes’ sixth of the year doubling the team’s victory total from the previous year.
Margaretville 4, Downsville 1
With the score tied 1-1 at the half, Josh Smith got going. Mar-garetville’s high-scoring senior striker scored three times in the game’s final 26 minutes to help his team nail down a 4-1 win over Downsville.
Blazing speed helped Smith outrun the Eagles’ defense to register his first goal after the Blue Devils’ forward received a through ball from Javier Martinez. Smith added insurance, picking up two more scores in the half.
Trailing 1-0, Greg Lehn found the nets with eight minutes to play in the first half to even things up for Margaretville. Dustin Keesler had the Downsville’s only score of the game.
South Kortright 4, Andes 1
Lightning struck during a three-minute span of Andes’ contest with South Kortright last week. Leading 1-0, the Rams crackled, scoring three times within three-minutes, to grab a 4-0 lead by the intermission.
The teams played evenly in the second half with Andes’ Peter Fabrykiewicz netting the only goal during the final 40 minutes.