1st girls soccer win in decade for DHS

Dunkirk-Fredonia rivalry renewed

Dunkirk’s Olivia Manzella shields the ball with her body as Fredonia’s Paige Supkoski defends during a Tuesday high school girls soccer game at the Orange Bowl in Fredonia.

For the first time in over a decade, the Dunkirk Marauders girls’ soccer team came out on top over Fredonia, defeating the Lady Hillbillies 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Orange Bowl.

Emilee Hanlon scored the game winner with one minute remaining while having two defenders on her.

“Emilee is a great talent for Dunkirk,” said Fredonia coach Brett Gould. “She is difficult to contain with her speed. She has to get the credit for being a great team leader and getting them the victory.”

This was a back and forth evenly matched game with both teams having several chances to the end.

Dunkirk (1-7, 4-8-1) scored the first goal of the game in the 29th minute of the first half. After the Hillbillies were called for a hand ball in the box, Olivia Manzella followed through on her penalty kick to give the Marauders the lone goal of the first half.

In the third minute of the second half, Dunkirk committed a foul in the box. However, Kymi Nance stood strong in net as she had all game to force the penalty kick high of the net.

Shortly after the missed penalty kick, Dunkirk connected on its second goal of the game. Olivia Yerico-Piazza scored after a failed clear by the defense. Hanlon was credited with the assist on the play.

The Hillbillies (1-7, 1-9-1) did not take long to tally their first goal. Kazlin Beers hit Melissa Berg in stride as Berg hit a hard strike on the ground past the goalie.

Paige Supkoski tied the game for Fredonia with about five minutes to go in the game, on a sharp angle shot from the endline. Berg recorded the assist on the play.

Dunkirk rebounded quickly after giving up the goals with a few quality chances before Hanlon netted the game winner.

“I was really impressed with our composure this game,” said Dunkirk coach Phil Cook. “This was a great atmosphere tonight and the girls continued to play their game even when things were not going their way.”

Breanna Rosen made 12 saves for the Hillbillies while Nance recorded 14 saves for the Marauders.

“Kymi is an athlete known in Dunkirk,” stated Cook. “She has been learning the goalie position and has improved significantly from the beginning of the year. I am proud of what she has accomplished.”

According to Gould, “This was an entertaining game for both communities. I was proud of our effort in the game, in particular the second half. Each time we missed the net, we did not get discouraged and still continued to work hard. We will take the most of our moments this year and will move on with them.”

Both teams play league games on Thursday when Dunkirk hosts Maple Grove and Fredonia travels to Olean.

“It has been over 10 years since we beat Fredonia,” said Cook. “It was finally time that we held up our end of the bargain. I am happy for the seniors. Hopefully this will carry the team for the rest of the season.”