RCS girls win streak to four


By John Bernhardt
The Roxbury Rockets’ girls’ soccer team is on a roll. The Rockets edged Gilboa, 1-0, Monday night running their win streak to four games.

The steak puts Roxbury in the thick of the Delaware League’s Mountain Division title chase. Roxbury’s league record stands at 3-1-2. Downsville is the only other Mountain Division team with fewer than two league losses.

The only score of Monday’s game came via a corner kick. Kennedy Faraci’s boot from the corner with 15 minutes to play in regulation time sailed into congested traffic in front of the goal. Chloe O’Shaughnessy put a foot on the ball and it carried past Gilboa goalie Brooke Koerner for the game-winning score.

Roxbury has received strong offensive play from a pair of juniors, Faraci and Bailey O’Donnell. In a game played Friday in Roxbury, the Rockets got two first-half goals from Faraci and a third from O’Shaughnessy, then held off Hunter-Tannersville, 3-2.

O’Donnell’s explosive offensive performance carried the Rockets past Windham, 3-1, earlier in the week. The junior striker earned a hat trick by scoring all three Roxbury goals.

Windham and Roxbury carried a 1-1 tie into the second half before O’Donnell snapped the tie at the 23:09 mark. O’Donnell headed a Faraci cross into the nets to break the tie. Faraci and O’Donnell teamed up again for Roxbury’s final score six minutes before the final horn.

The Roxbury resurgence begins with defense. Senior sweeper Brittney Keator is a defensive anchor, an experienced leader, the lynch pin of the Rockets’ defense. Keator gets senior reinforcement from stopper Sidney Peters. Peters missed the last half of her junior year with an injury.

Another senior, Brittney Boyke, who did not play last season, works one side of the field at fullback. An injury opened the fullback slot on the other side of the field where freshman Shannon Sprague found a home. Sprague has logged solid minutes on the defensive line.

First year goalie Lisa Boyke continues to grow into her role as the team’s last line of defense. Boyke and her defense determined gang has only allowed three goals over Roxbury’s four game win streak.

Lady Blue Devils Bounce Coleman
At times it seemed like Coleman High midfielder Kate Schultz was taking on the entire Margaretville girls’ soccer team alone. Schultz was everywhere, dribbling again and again deep into Blue Devils’ territory. The Coleman ‘middie’ would score three times but it was not enough as Margaretville racked up a 5-3 win.

Margaretville countered with Tess Svoboda. The junior striker scored two goals and assisted another to pace the Blue Devils’ attack.

Svoboda got a bit more help from her friend than Schultz. Elia Tanzer continued her impressive offensive play by scoring twice, once with her head and once with her foot. Amy Filupeit also netted a goal for the Blue Devils.

Svoboda and Tanzer each scored goals when Margaretville bested Gilboa, 2-0, on Thursday. Svoboda ripped a tough angle direct kick into the goal with just over 27 minutes remaining in the first half. Tanzer’s score came on a breakaway early in the second half.

The wins raise Margaretville’s record to 4-2-2. The Blue Devils stand 2-2-2 in Delaware League play.

Boys’ Soccer

By John Bernhardt
Margaretville continues to rebound from a slow start and still could be a factor in the Delaware League’s Upper Division title chase. Wednesday’s 4-0 victory over Gilboa evens Margaretville’s Delaware League mark at 2-2. Margaretville is 3-4 overall.

Senior Ian Williams netted two goals against Gilboa. Williams found the nets to break a scoreless tie with 10 minutes to play in the first half. Margaretville cut it close with their second score, a Peter Cella strike, only 11 seconds before halftime.

Williams and freshman Matt VanValkenburg both added goals in the second half. Iso Dedric and Kyle Short had assists for the Blue Devils.

Roxbury Boys Split a Pair
Hunter-Tannersville won for the second time this season by besting Roxbury, 3-1, in a boys’ soccer contest played late last week. H-T, who often out shoot their opponents but have trouble finding the nets, took 15 shots to Roxbury’s four. The difference this time, the Wildcats scored.

It was Roxbury’s Dan Menne who found the nets first. The senior striker nailed a penalty kick 12 minutes into the game putting the Rockets in front, 1-0. Laslo Hajnoczi tied it up less than two minutes later. Hajnoczi then put his team in front 10 minutes before the half converting a Reno Romito throw-in for a score.

Danny Legg added an insurance goal for the Wildcats midway through the half. Romito had two assists for H-T. Nick Spychalsky dished out an assist for the ‘Cats.’ The win was Hunter’s first in six Delaware League attempts.

Roxbury’s Menne had two more scores earlier in the week when the Rockets bested Windham, 3-1. Chris Clark netted the Rockets first tally with Menne hitting a pair of goals to complete the day’s offensive work for Roxbury.

Dominic Saldamarco had the lone goal for Windham.