Roxbury boys win championship in annual Mine Kill soccer tourney

The Roxbury Rockets unleashed some early season firepower finding the nets 10 times in the two-day Minekill Tournaments. The Rockets blanked Gilboa, 4-0, in opening round action Friday then blasted Schenevus, 6-3 in championship action Saturday. Ryan Skipper had a big weekend. The explosive striker drilled two goals in the opener and three more in the title game. Rudy Staab and Kyle Ciaravino added single goals against Gilboa. Staab also recorded an assist.
Jamie Van- Dyke picked up his first scores of the season, netting two goals in the title game. Owen Sanford had the other goal for the Rockets.
Garrett Hall made six saves to pick up the shutout in the opener.
In assessing his team’s weekend play, Roxbury coach Tom Faraci focused on the performance of his younger players.
“We have to be pleased with the play of our younger guys. A lot of the young guys played quality minutes over the weekend and handled themselves well.”

Lady Rockets search for offense
Lisa Faraci saw several positives in Roxbury’s opening games in the Mine Kill Tourney. Roxbury dropped both games by identical 2-0 scores to Gilboa Friday and Schenevus Saturday. Faraci noted that other than a short spell in the opening period of the first game, Roxbury was very competitive with Gilboa. Laura Potter scored both goals for the Wildcats during that lapse.
With their defense playing consistently, Roxbury will be looking for some offense as they host Andes in their Delaware League opener tomorrow afternoon.

Blue Devil girls show finishing touches
One of the Margaretville girls’ soccer team’s goals this fall is to finish. The Blue Devils were frustrated last season when promising offensive charges failed to produce goals. Coach Toni Smith and her squad have to be pleased with the offensive output this weekend. Margaretville opened the season placing third in the Edmeston Tournament, dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker to Unadilla Valley in the opener, then downing Stamford, 5-1, in the third-place game.
Margaretville earned two first-half goals in the opener. Amy Filupeit used a pass by Carly Galatioto to score the first goal of the season. Amanda Drisis added an unassisted goal before the half. Even so, the Blue Devils trailed 3-2 at intermission.
Erica Faulkner played a Drisis corner kick in the air, heading in a goal to tie the game midway through the final half. Amanda Peck nailed the game winner for Unadilla Valley with just three minutes to play.
Galatyota had a strong effort in the consolation game the next day scoring one goal and dishing out two assists. Faulkner found the nets twice, opening the scoring with a chip shot from beyond 20 yards to score the first goal of the game and dribbling through the center of the defense to nail the final score of the contest. Filupeit added a score for the Blue Devils.
An Emily Hull chip shot was Stamford’s only score.

Margaretville blanks Stamford
With three different players finding the nets, Margaretville opened their season with a 3-0 win on the road at Stamford.
The Blue Devils tallied two goals in the first half to take command. The Blue Devils outshot the Indians, 12-7. Lucas LaBumbard, Greg Lehn and Marcus Moore each scored a goal for the victors.
Patrick O’Connell recorded the shutout in the goal for Margaretville.