Late goal powers Black Knights over NC

OBSERVER Photo by Joe Conti Jaliegh Cruz of Silver Creek (7) and North Collins’ Emma Kron battle Tuesday during a high school girls soccer contest.

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights scored a late goal on Tuesday night to squeak out a hard fought league victory, 2-1, in CCAA Central play.

The North Collins Lady Eagles (2-1, 1-1) got out to an early lead when five-year starter Emma Kron found the back of the net off an assist by Rebecca Holmes. Kron hit the goal post three minutes later and North Collins could not take advantage of a few breakaways that it had early in the game.

“We had some great opportunities early in the game,” said North Collins coach Vince Fininzio. “Later on, we lost many 50-50 balls.”

Silver Creek (6-1, 3-0) was able to settle into the game, scoring its first goal in the 12th minute. After Myah Gabel saved a quality shot by Silver Creek’s Cindy Booth, Emma Rice was in great position to score off of the rebound.

“Our midfield was able to settle in after the first 5-10 minutes,” stated Silver Creek coach Kevin Rice. “North Collins has great overall speed and they always wanted to send and go. Once we figured out what they were doing, our defense was able to adjust and their communication became better.”

Despite numerous quality chances by both teams, the game winner and lone goal of the second half came from Kaylee Winchell from an assist by eighth grader Abby Rice. It was a deep, high arching shot that beat the goalie just going under the crossbar.

According to Rice, “That was only Kaylee’s second goal of her career. She is a hard working, great player with a lot of capability that can go anywhere on the field.”

Silver Creek was able to hold off a late North Collins surge in the last three minutes to secure the victory.

“It was a hard fought game by both teams,” stated Fininzio. “Both teams played hard.”

Tessa Douglas made 10 saves in net for the Black Knights while Gabel made 15 saves for the Eagles.

“Many of these girls know each other so there really were no surprises in the game,” stated Rice. “At times we played their style of game which did not go well, but eventually stuck with the plan by building with small passes and controlling the possession and we did a good job at that.”

Both teams play league games again on Thursday when North Collins hosts Cassadaga Valley and Silver Creek travels to South Dayton to take on Pine Valley.