September 18, 2009
Unbeaten Eagles handle old nemesis
One team that has consistently given McGraw Central trouble during its five-year run of Central Counties League girls’ soccer championships has been Madison.
Such was not the case on Thursday, however, as the host Eagles scored an easy 5-0 victory over the Blue Devils to remain undefeated. With five different players striking for goals, the Eagles are off and flying to a 4-0 start against CCL foes with a 6-0 overall record.
Also in the CCL, visiting DeRuyter stayed perfect in the league by beating Cincinnatus 2-1.
McGraw 5, Madison 0: Kristen Guy, Kaitelyn Leonard and Maddy Tucker had a goal and an assist apiece, while Kierra Mack and Kailey Reddick each scored a goal. Goalkeeper Hayley MacLean made three saves for the shutout (to eight for the Blue Devils’ Breanne Galler) as the hosts had a 22-3 shot advantage.
“It was an outside flank evening,” McGraw coach Dave Law said. “We had not heard much about what Madison (1-1 league, 2-1 overall) had been doing this season, so we watched much of their warmup and noticed that they were working on a lot of outside crosses, which was fitting right into our game plan for the day. Our outside fullbacks were able to stop the Madison forwards right at midfield before they could cross the ball, and then we started our attack.
“Our outside midfielders — Kelsey Bordwell, Casey Millard and Alyssa Petrella — did an excellent job of moving the ball down the outside of the field to our forwards to set up shots on goal. We had decided to keep the ball as wide as possible to use the full size of our field; it’s one of the biggest in the league. Alicia Augur and Nicole Purcell share the right defensive position; Alicia had another nice game as we moved Nicole around. She’s one of the most versatile people we have.”
The Eagles will meet Downsville at 11 a.m. Saturday and Worcester at 3 p.m. Sunday, both games at the Hall of Fame fields in Oneonta.
DeRuyter 2, Cincinnatus 1: Bridget Way scored both goals for the Rockets, including the game-winner with 2:31 left on a shot that deflected off a Cincy defender. She had opened the scoring 11:38 into the game, off an assist by Carissa Clark.
Rosie Shevalier got the equalizer for the Red Lions with 21:32 left in the first half, taking a pass from Bailey Rutan and taking a hard shot that went in off the hands of DeRuyter keeper Kayla Hampton, who had five saves to nine for Cincy’s Tricia Root. The winners had a 15-8 shot advantage.
“Bridget and Danielle Cuddeback played well on the front line for us,” said Rockets coach Tom Springer, whose team is now 3-0 in league play and 4-1 overall. “We had a good number of opportunities but didn’t cash in on a lot of them. Our midfielders — Carissa, Amber Tucker, Amber Schlafer and Danielle Wood — did a good job of helping control the game, which was mostly played between the 20-yard lines.”
DeRuyter visits Madison Saturday, while Cincy’s next game is Tuesday, also visiting the Blue Devils.
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