Wolverines defeat Cougars on homecoming week, win 3-2
WESTFIELD — Westfield/Brocton hosted Cassadaga Valley in Section VI girls soccer action on Wednesday, and came out on top with a 3-2 victory.
The Lady Wolverines came out quick, dominating much of the possession in the early first half. The first five minutes saw plenty of good chances for Westfield/Brocton, including near misses and a couple of just missed passes.
The first goal of the evening came from Juli Smith of Westfield/Brocton assisted by Makartnee Mortimer in the 8th minute. With the early chances it seemed only a matter of time that the Lady Wolverines would find the back of the net. In the face of an early deficit against a team dominating possession, the Lady Cougars did not sit back or give up. Instead they would immediately respond with a goal from Sarah Meder off a cross into the box from Anna Wenger, leveling the score 1-1.
Possession throughout much of the first half was owned by Westfield/Brocton, seeing good looks toward net. Cassadaga Valley keeper Isabella Ruiz did a great job of keeping the ball in front of her, giving the Lady Cougars a great chance in the game. In the 32nd minute, Laura Johnston gave the Lady Wolverines the lead again on a great three shot effort play. Once again Makartnee Mortimer had the assist as she hit Johnston with a great stretch pass downfield.
“Makartnee Mortimer was all over the place today,” said Westfield/Brocton coach Neil Huber.
The Lady Wolverines entered the second half with a 2-1 lead and looking for more. In the first ten minutes of the half it was them once again controlling the pace. Cassadaga Valley did not give up once again, waiting for their moment to use their speed on the counter-attack. The Lady Cougars strategy worked quite well for them as they found two great chances early in the second half, both from forward Anna Wenger. Wenger found success on the second run down the right wing, sending a strong strike right over the fingertips of the keeper, leveling the score in the 17th minute.
“Cassadaga fights right through there until the end. They’re fast and they were able to take advantage of those things. They’re very well coached,” said Coach Huber.
Just as it appeared the game would be headed for a tie, the Lady Wolverines intense pressure finally paid off. With just five minutes to play, Marilynn Amborski forced a turnover in the box then chipped the ball past the keeper to give Westfield/Brocton a 3-2 lead.
“It was nice to see us get a goal at the end. We had someone who does not normally score goals marilyn amborski, score the game winner. We kept pushing and kept pushing, it was nice to be able to get that one at the end there,” said Coach Huber.
Westfield/Brocton improved to 7-7-1 overall and have guaranteed themselves a home playoff game.
“It was a good game. We played real well, we attacked the ball. It was a big game for us. If we won, we guaranteed us the 7th seed. We’re guaranteeing a home playoff game, which is something we have been trying to get for a while. We finished over .500 in the league, which is big for us. It’s been a while since we have been able to do a lot of these things, and it has been nice to be able to do,” said Coach Huber.
Cassadaga Valley fell to 2-10 overall and will look to get back in the win column on Thursday as they travel to Silver Creek.