North Collins girls team claims league soccer title

SOUTH DAYTON — The North Collins Lady Eagles scored a flurry of goals early en route to a 7-0 victory over the Pine Valley Lady Panthers. With the victory, North Collins claims the girls soccer CCAA Central league title.

The Lady Eagles (12-1-1, 10-1-1) did not take long to take the lead by putting a lot of pressure on Pine Valley. In the fifth minute, Brianna Krawczyk connected on a give from Emily Winter. In the 14th minute, Emma Kron added to the lead as she was able to beat the defenders on a perfectly timed pass from Madison Turnbull. Less than minute later, Krawczyk tallied another goal on from the send by Winter.

“We were able to score early in the game,” stated North Collins coach Vince Fininzio. “It felt good that we were able to establish ourselves, which eventually led to more opportunities.”

The Lady Eagles added two more goals before halftime with Emma Kron connecting on the team’s fourth goal while freshman Kyrstin Lehnortt added the fifth goal on an assist from Turnbull.

In the second half, Pine Valley (1-14, 0-12) made a few improvements with a couple shots on goal while also limiting North Collins’ chances.

“We played as great as we have the entire year in the second half,” said Pine Valley coach Kerri Martin. “I am proud of the effort that they have shown, continuing to play hard even when things do not go our way. Hopefully this effort will help us as we move forward.”

The Lady Eagles recorded two more goals in the second half, highlighted by Krawczyk’s hat trick on a sharp angle shot from Turnbull as she added her third assist. Rebecca Holmes concluded the scoring for the game on a hard hit ball deep in the upper corner.

Myah Gabel was credited with the shutout, recording two saves. Haley Campbell had a strong effort in net with 13 saves for the Panthers.

According to Martin, “Campbell has done an amazing job. She has seen a lot of shots come her way and has done a great job learning the position. She is only a sophomore, so we have a few more years with her, so hopefully that will lead to a promising future.”

This is the first league title for North Collins since they were co-champions in 1997.

“This is a great accomplishment for us as a program, especially with how competitive our league was,” said Fininzio. “It is always great to see the dedication from these girls produced the results we wanted. We will continue to work hard and hopefully we will be able to play this well as we move towards the sectional playoffs.”

North Collins and Pine Valley both play non-league games at home tomorrow for Senior Night. The Eagles host Cattaraugus-Little Valley while the Panthers battle Dunkirk.