Silver Creek tops Pine Valley, 10-0
SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights girls soccer team dominated the Pine Valley Panthers on Monday night, winning by a final score of 10-0.
The Black Knights started strong by scoring four goals in the first getting contributions from Chloe Barrett, Emma Rice, Carly Barrett and Jaylah Cossin.
With the win, the Black Knights now move to 5-0 on the season, and with it, they’re establishing a team culture.
“I’m happy with our team culture,” said head coach Kevin Rice. “The 22 girls on this team have a togetherness attitude. Their work ethic had generally been good. During training sessions our girls are always looking to get better.”
In the second half, Silver Creek got goals from Jade Bouvier, Cindy Schwab, Jenna Miller and Kristen Wielgasz. Silver Creek’s goalkeeper was Alina Beadle, who played all 80 minutes.
The Black Knights, despite having the 5-0 record, are dealing with injuries in their midfield positions, so Coach Rice has been looking for the right combination with his girls.
“We’re missing two key girls, which is leaving big holes in the middle of the field,” said Rice. “Starting the season I didn’t intend to have to change our formations so much. We’ve been moving bodies into different formations that help us offensively and defensively.”
With two big games coming up the remainder of the week against Maple Grove and Frewsburg, Coach Rice wants to see his team communicate better and play the whole 80 minutes.
“Communication on the field needs to be better,” mentioned Rice. “We need to talk constantly as a group. The big thing moving forward is playing with consistency every game. We’ve had a lull in every game, but we’ve been fortunate to this point.”
While Pine Valley wasn’t able to generate any offense in this game, they were led by goalkeeper Haley Campbell who was keeping her team in the game until she had to leave with an injury in the first half.
“Campbell, until she got hurt, made three or four brilliant saves,” added Rice.
Pine Valley (0-4) will host Westfield at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and look to get into the win column for the first time this season. On the flip side, Silver Creek will travel to Maple Grove on Wednesday and square off at 4:30 p.m. while looking to stay undefeated.
“To beat a team like Maple Grove you have to have no lulls and play the full 80 minutes,” said Rice. “Goalkeeping usually helps you win these big games.”
North Collins 0
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Wolverines girls soccer team grinded out a victory in double overtime on Monday night, winning 1-0 over the North Collins Eagles.
Juli Smith buried a nice feed from Heather Johnston in just the first minute of overtime to lift the Lady Wolverines to the win.
“The biggest factor was the wind today,” said Westfield head coach Neil Huber. “That really controlled the pace of the game.”
Westfield goalkeeper Angel Busch racked up 13 saves while shutting out the Eagles, improving Westfield’s record to 2-2.
“It finally clicked for us in the second half and overtime,” said Huber. “Stuff we’ve been preaching all season was starting to click.”
According to Huber the pace of the game was largely controlled by the wind, in the first half North Collins had the wind and was jumping all over the Wolverines. But when the sides flipped at the half, Westfield was able to take control, and not let go.
Huber stated that his team’s ability to pass on Monday was key to the victory.
“Passing is a challenge we give to them every game,” said Huber. “We ask them to connect on a 100 passes a game and tonight we made around 125. That was the biggest difference tonight — playing good possession style soccer.”
North Collins will fall to 1-2 on the season, but Huber mentioned the two were very evenly matched teams on Monday.
“It was a great game to watch, North Collins has a good soccer team,” said Huber.
Westfield will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to take on Pine Valley at 4:30 p.m. North Collins will also play again on Wednesday, playing host to Cassadaga Valley at 4:30 p.m.
LAKEWOOD– Fredonia fell 1-0 to Southwestern in Section VI girls soccer action on Monday.
In the first half of the game it was a back and forth, end to end battle, with both teams seeing near misses and taking turns with the momentum.
“Neither team dominated, it was quite even and entertaining as each team had their chances,” said Fredonia coach Brett Gould.
The score going into half was nil for both sides.
It was 0-0 until the 51′ minute when Ashley Lundmark for Southwestern would send an absolute laser to the top right corner from about 35 yards out. This would be the only score in an exciting game.
Both keepers had great games, Kelly Gullo for Fredonia and Hannah Johnson from Southwestern would make four saves each.
According to Coach Gould, “The score could have been higher, but both keepers made some quality saves.”
Coach Gould said, “Everyone should feel great after that game. It could have gone either way. It didn’t go our way but that’s just how soccer goes.”
Fredonia falls to (1-4) with the loss, they will look to get back in the win column as they travel to Falconer on Friday. Southwestern’s record improves to (3-1).