Falconer dominates Dunkirk, 6-1
FALCONER — While Maple Grove and Southwestern figure to be among the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association West Division elite in girls soccer this fall, Falconer put on a display Thursday afternoon to show it isn’t far behind.
The Golden Falcons put up five first-half goals and coasted to a 6-1 victory over Dunkirk (2-1-1, 0-1) in the league opener for both teams.
Falconer showed its strength up front as sophomore Izzy Penhollow had two goals and two assists while her twin sister, Grace Penhollow, also had two goals. Senior Chelsey Vincent chipped in a goal and an assist in the win.
The Golden Falcons (4-0-1, 1-0-0) defense did a good job of containing lady Marauders senior Emilee Hanlon, who came into the game with nine goals and an assist in Dunkirk’s first three games.
Hanlon did manage to score a second-half goal, but the rest of her chances either missed the net or were stopped by Falconer senior goalkeeper Brianna Larson, who made 12 saves.
“She got some chances, but Falconer did a very good job positioning-wise,” Dunkirk coach Phil Cook said. “They ran her the direction they wanted to take her. We need to do a better job getting Emilee in positions to score.”
The Golden Falcons opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Izzy Penhollow scored unassisted before junior Sam Kianos tallied her first goal of the season five minutes later from Izzy Penhollow.
Grace Penhollow scored the next two goals for the hosts, the first from Vincent in the 13th minute before adding her third of the season in the 35th minute from her sister.
Izzy Penhollow closed the first-half scoring with her fifth goal of the season in the 37th minute.
“It builds up our momentum,” Falconer senior Ellie DeLeon said of her team’s first 40 minutes of play. “We score a couple in the first half and then we come back in the second half and want more.”
Hanlon broke up Larson’s shutout less than a minute after halftime, converting a pass from junior Olivia Yerico-Piazza to make it 5-1.
“We talked at halftime, we had a plan and we executed very quickly,” Cook said, “then it got stagnant again. We need to grow from it. We need to get better and we will.”
Falconer got its five-goal lead back with five minutes remaining when Vincent scored her first of the season unassisted.
“It’s incredibly difficult to come out of once you fall behind,” Cook said. “We’ve had a lot of success early in the year … we came out today and just didn’t execute the way we are supposed to.”
Dunkirk hosts Silver Creek Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
when it hosts Silver Creek.
while Falconer will have a Tuesday showdown with Maple Grove on Dutch Hollow Road.
“Our division as a whole never gets the credit that it deserves. There is an elite player on every team in our league,” Cook said. “Be it here with the Penhollow girls, or my player Emilee Hanlon, or you pick any team – Olean, Maple Grove, Fredonia and Southwestern, everybody has one. Today, (the Penhollows) were without question the toughest ones I’ve seen.”
NOTES: Sophomore Kymilondjna Nance made 13 saves in net for the Marauders. … Yerico-Piazza’s assist was her third of the season. … Izzy Penhollow now has four assists on the season.
WESTFIELD BLANKS PINE VALLEY
SOUTH DAYTON – Goalkeeper Drew Shultz made two saves in the shutout as Westfield downed Pine Valley, 4-0, in a Central Division game called with 8:14 left because of lightning.
Madyson Abbey scored the first goal 2:17 into the game followed by Katie Bodenmiller at 15:30 of the first half. Julie Smith connected on a penalty kick at 32:28 and Laura Johnston closed out the scoring at 33:58 in the first half for the Wolverines (1-0-2, 1-0-0).
Haley Campbell made eight saves for Pine Valley (0-2-0, 0-1-0).
RICE’S GOAL IS WINNER
MAYVILLE – A goal just four minutes into the game stood up as the winner for Silver Creek in a 1-0 Central Division victory over Chautauqua Lake.
Emma Rice scored the winner from Kianna Brown for the Black Knights (4-1-0, 2-0-0).
Tessa Douglas made five saves for the shutout while Jesse Zenns and Cheyanne Wolcott split eight saves for the Thunderbirds (0-2-1, 0-2-0).
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