MCS boys clinch division; Blue Devil girls near title
By John Bernhardt
It was all good news for Margaretville’s soccer teams last week. It was taking care of business for both the boys’ and girls’ Blue Devil squads with a double victory Thursday afternoon. At the same time, Downsville’s boys and girls dished out double Thursday defeats to Davenport, the closest competitors of both Margaretville teams.
The Margaretville victories and the Davenport defeats allowed the Blue Devil boys to clinch the Delaware League’s Upper Division title and moved the girls one-step closer to their share of the title. The Lady Blue Devils have a two-game lead over Davenport and Stamford with two Delaware League contests to play.
In boys’ action Thursday afternoon on a soggy home field, the Blue Devils bested the Warriors from Windham, 3-1, to run their record to 12-0-1. The Lady Blue Devils, also playing at home, won for the seventh time in a row, beating Windham, 4-2.
Seven different Blue Devils accounted for the goal production in the two contests. Matt VanValkenburg, Cooper Reither and Kyle Short netted goals with Victor Mendoza dishing out an assist.
Tess Svoboda, Cora Bruno, Elia Tanzer and Raeann Bond found the nets in the girls’ contest. Bond, Bruno and Jess Camano each had assists.
RCS boys win
The Roxbury boys’ soccer team was issued a progress report last week that read, “Improvement Noted.” Roxbury shut down Stamford, 2-0, Thursday in a spirited contest on the Rockets’ home field. The victory negated an opening season 3-0 loss to the Indians in Stamford’s Mayor’s Cup. Progress indeed!
Kris Walcutt, a speedy striker had a foot in both of Roxbury’s goals. Walcutt set up the first score by sending a pass from near the end line that found Spencer Hinkley in front of the goal. Hinkley tapped the ball home for the game’s first score.
Walcutt was the beneficiary of a Brandon Beauvis cross from the left wing later in the half. Walcutt pushed the ball past Stamford goalie Ken Ward into the right corner of the nets. With 19:41 remaining in the half Roxbury had a two-goal advantage.
Garrett Hinkley threatened to increase the Rockets’ lead as the second half got underway. Hinkley burst through the Stamford defensive line and blasted a shot that caromed off the left pole and rolled across the goal face. No Rocket was there to capitalize.
For most of Thursday’s contest, it was ‘lights out’ for the Roxbury defense. Stamford ran their offense down the sidelines trying to avoid Roxbury sweeper Dakota Caronia. Roxbury’s Isaac Kline and Nick Hamil flashed some superb defense, preventing Indian forward progress on opposite sides of the field. Over and over, each fullback utilized assertive, consistent, sure-footed defensive play throughout the afternoon.
Stamford wouldn’t take a shot on goal in the second half for nearly 21 minutes.
Roxbury downed Jefferson 5-2 earlier in the week. The double victories boost the Rocket’s post-season chances by improving their record to 7-5.
In the Jefferson contest, Roxbury broke open a scoreless tie when Isaac Kline scored with eight minutes to play before halftime. Two Kris Walcutt goals within a three-minute span later in the half gave Roxbury all the breathing room they would need.
Joe McAfee and Beau O’Donnell had second-half goals for the Rockets. McAfee, Garrett Hinkley and Matt Faraci each recorded assists in the contest.
Nick Bradley and John Quaglino had second half goals for Jefferson
She’s lean and tall with strides that eat up large swaths of a soccer field. Add an arsenal that includes a powerful left foot that can rocket shots into the goal from near and far and Stamford center-midfielder Cassie Erhart is a headache for opposing defenses. Thursday night in Stamford, Erhart was an Excedrin Headache #1 for Roxbury, scoring a hat trick to lead Stamford past the Rockets, 4-2.
All season long the offensively-challenged Rockets have struggled to score goals. Thursday the Roxbury offense broke through when Christina Chiarappa and Bailey O’Donnell hit pay dirt at the back of the Roxbury nets.
Enter Erhart with three goals to spoil the Roxbury party. Erin Hull added the fourth goal for Stamford. In a soccer oddity, all six goals in the contest were unassisted.