Lady Panthers blank Lady Falcons
MAYFIELD – Trailing 1-0, the Northville Lady Falcons stepped up their game and controlled the action early in the second half against host Mayfield.
The Lady Panthers were up to the challenge, as their defense withstood the pressure long enough to give the offense a chance to regroup and punch in two late-game goals to pull away for a 3-0 Western Athletic Conference victory Monday night at Mayfield High School.
“We talked about how we weren’t stepping to the ball. We weren’t working together as a team,” Northville coach Chris Edwards said. “I told them they had to come out strong, almost angry, in the second half and that is what they did. They played strong and played well together and things were working; it is just unfortunate that the ball did not end up in the back of the net.”
Mayfield controlled the pace of the game throughout the first half of play with strong attacks on the flanks to open up with middle for their front line.
The lone tally of the half came with 19:15 left in the half when Maria Messina dropped a pass back to Julie Hampton, who chipped the ball over Northville goalkeeper Mallory Hook as she came out to cover the play.
The Lady Panthers continued to attack the goal, but Hook and the Lady Falcons back line were able to withstand the pressure, keeping the score at 1-0 at the break.
The Lady Falcons pinned Mayfield in its defensive half of the field early in the second half and created opportunities only to have the Mayfield defense challenging the plays, allowing goalkeeper Taylor Fancher to have clean looks at the ball and come up with the stops.
“In the first half, for the first 20 minutes, we worked really hard playing the feet and passing the ball and playing with composure,” Mayfield coach Tara Caraco said. “Then in the second half, I don’t know if we just felt confident, but Northville came out hard and, give credit where credit is due, they pounded us for a good 10 to 15 minutes there. My girls need to be reminded to play to feet, play with composure, win the 50-50s and play simple soccer. When they started doing that again we were able to take control of the game again. It is really important for my girls to remember to think, settle and play.”
Part of the Northville pressure came from its defense that stepped up to catch the Lady Panthers in an off-sides trap four times in the opening 20 minutes of the second half.
“I think the fact that they threw in that little off-sides trap and hadn’t been doing it the entire game so they were used to being able to make their runs,” Caraco said. “But the girls need to be able to make that adjustment on the field and recognize that is happening. I think the central midfielders did finally recognize that and started sending the ball a little sooner to give our strikers some room. “
The timing came back with just under 18 minutes left in the match.
Janessa Smith received a pass out of the midfield and carried the ball deep into the corner along the right sideline before sending a cross into the middle for Jordan Fazio, Hook stopped Fazio’s shot on goal and Shelby Dopp was in position to put the rebound back on net only to have Hook again come up with a stop and have sweeper Charlotte Kalkbrenner clear the ball off the line and out of harms way.
The Lady Panthers stayed on the attack and broke through for a second goal when Dopp finished off a pass from Messina with 9:17 left on the clock.
Mayfield added an insurance goal with 1:58 remaining with Hampton finishing off a pass from Jill Chase for her second goal of the match and the 3-0 final score.
“We are progressing,” Edwards said. “We have had solid games in which we have played a good solid half or more like we played tonight. It is just unfortunate we can’t land it in the back of the net. They played strong and I am looking forward to continue to play strong and see how far it takes us into sectionals.”
For the match Mayfield held a 10-7 edge in shots on goal. Fancher made seven saves in net to earn the shut out for Mayfield, while Hook was credited with seven saves for Northville.
With the victory Mayfield (9-2-1 overall, 7-1-1 WAC) maintained its lead in the WAC North Division over Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville (8-1-2 overall, 6-0-2 WAC) by a single point.
Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 2, Fort Plain 0
ST. JOHNSVILLE -The Lady Wolves kept pace with their 2-0 victory over Fort Plain Monday at OESJ.
Addie Brundage and Fontana LaCoppola delivered goals for Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville for the win, while Madison Richardson assisted on LaCoppola’s goal.
Caitlin Handy collected three saves in goal for OESJ, while Beth Doxtater made eight stops in net for Fort Plain (2-9-0 overall, 2-6-0 WAC).
Canajoharie 3, Duanesburg 0
CANAJOHARIE – Sydney Weingart scored twice to lead Canajoharie to a WAC South Division win over Duanesburg.
Madyson Casler also scored for the Lady Cougars, while Jordan Hammons had two assists. Lauren Mayer also had an assist for Canajoharie (5-7-1 overall, 4-3-1 WAC).
Bethany Mead made just one save to post the shutout win in goal for the Lady Cougars.
Nicole Cassale made 21 saves for Duanesburg (0-7-1 WAC).
Schoharie 3, Middleburgh 0
MIDDLEBURGH – Seana Cleveland, Carrie Krohn and McKenzie Phelan scored to lead Schoharie to a WAC South Division win over Middleburgh.
Desiree Palmatier made six saves to post the shutout win in goal for the Indians.
Sam Peprosino made six stops for Middleburgh.
Amsterdam 4, Johnstown 3
AMSTERDAM – Edena Sanchez scored twice to lead Amsterdam to a Foothills Council South Division win over Johnstown.
Diana Constantine added a goal and an assist for the Lady Rams (5-7 overall, 3-6 Foothills), while Aubrianna Crowe also scored.
Payton Sardella scored twice for Johnstown (5-8 overall, 3-7 Foothills), while Kaitlyn Pica also scored.
Scotia-Glenville 2, Schuylerville 1
SCOTIA – Tonya Leggiero finished with a goal and an assist to lead Scotia-Glenville past Schuylerville.
Gracie Mailey also scored for the Lady Tartans, while Myah Hughes added an assist.
Kelsey Jessup made five saves for Scotia-Glenville (12-0 overall, 9-0 Foothills).
Sara Baker made 13 saves for Schuylerville (6-3 Foothills).
Voorheesville 11, Fonda-Fultonville 0
FONDA – Kaelyn Lawson finished with three goals and two assists to lead Voorheesville to a win over Fonda-Fultonville.
Veda Hensel had three goals and an assist for the Blackbirds, while Julia Voss had three goals and four assists.
Rachel Bogdany and Emely Burke also scored for the Blackbirds, while Rebecca Clair added two assists.
Alexandra Krohn finished with 31 saves for Fonda-Fultonville (1-10 overall, 1-10 Colonial).