FORT PLAIN - It did not take long for Canajoharie to take control of Monday's Western Athletic Conference Central Division girls soccer match against Fort Plain.
It took just 92 seconds for the Lady Cougars to notch their first goal of the match against the injury-riddled Fort Plain lineup.
However, the Lady Hilltoppers (2-11-1 overall, 2-9-1 WAC) scrambled on defense and although giving up 14 corner kicks held the once-beaten Lady Cougars to a 3-0 victory.
Canajoharie’s Brianna Slater (4) prepares to take a shot as Fort Plain’s Anna Sweet (3) and Kaitlin Trumbull (2) close in during a Western Athletic Conference Central Division game Monday in Fort Plain. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"It is hard enough when you have a full team but it is even tougher when you have a depleted team," Fort Plain coach Kim Lathers said. "It is tough; every injury we have had has been a season-ending one."
Although happy with the win, Canajoharie coach Ellee Fichthorn said her team seemed a little out of sorts.
"We just seemed a little off today, not playing with a lot of energy," she said. "I told the girls I hope they got that out of their systems."
Jordyn Logan gave Canajoharie (14-1 overall, 13-0 WAC) the early advantage, finishing off a pass from Brianna Slater 1:32 into the match.
The Lady Cougars kept the pressure on but could not finish as Fort Plain goalkeeper Jenna Barhydt and her defense limited the Canajoharie strikers' shot on net.
Jenelle Dillenbeck gave the Lady Cougars a 2-0 lead with just over 22 minutes left in the opening period.
Dillenbeck received a pass out of midfield from Slater and broke in behind the Lady Hilltoppers' defense to beat Barhydt one-on-one for the goal.
Barhydt came up with a big save with just over four minutes left in the half when she made a diving save on a hard drive by Slater to keep the score 2-0 at the break.
Barhydt again came through for Fort Plain early in the second half, rejecting quality strikes from Dillenbeck, Melissa Bowley and Hannah Bowerman before Dillenbeck finished off a shot into the lower right corner of the goal for a 3-0 lead with 22:10 left to play.
The Lady Hilltoppers' defense kept the ball on the perimeter and was able to turn back set plays from the Lady Cougars off direct and corner kicks.
"We need work on our set plays," Fichthorn said. "But Jenna Barhydt did make some outstanding saves in goal for them today."
Barhydt collected 14 saves on 17 shots on net before Mackenzie Stevens took over late in the match, giving Barhydt some field time.
The Lady Hilltoppers were limited to three attempts on goal that Lauren Balfe handled for the shutout.
The Lady Cougars will return to action Wednesday against St. Johnsville in a division match under the lights at Canajoharie High School.