Andes girls clinch Cohen Classic, fall to Jefferson and South Kortright
By Julia Green
After clinching their first tournament title in roughly 20 years, the Andes girls suffered a tough week, dropping a 5-4 overtime decision to Jefferson and falling to South Kortright in their last home game of the season.
The Mountaineers posted a convincing 4-0 win over Roscoe in the final game of the round-robin MCS Cohen Classic Tournament in Margaretville on Tuesday to claim the tournament title.
“It was quite satisfying for the girls,” said Co-Head Coach Tom Little. “This is the first tournament the Andes girls have won in 20 years or something like that. They were ecstatic.”
On Thursday it was clear that summer was gone, however, as sloppy weather and tough playing conditions added to the challenge facing the Mountaineers as they faced the host JayHawks of Jefferson.
After a 2-1 halftime deficit, the Mountaineers came out recharged in the second half, scoring 37 seconds after the starting whistle to tie it up; three minutes later, another Andes goal gave the Mountaineers a 3-2 lead. It appeared as though the Mountaineers were destined for the win; however, a Jefferson goal inside the 10-minute mark tied it up and pushed the game into overtime, where the JayHawks scored with just over four minutes remaining in the first overtime period to seal the win.
Mariah Ruff tallied a hat trick for Andes and Kaitlin Mackay added one for the Mountaineers, who got 15 saves from goalkeeper Jenna Weaver.
“We were doing quite well, and our defense just didn’t hold up as well as it did in games before,” Little said. “They ended up turning and shooting from a distance we weren’t ready for. We had plenty of offense – we just couldn’t hold them off at the end.”
The Andes girls battled again on Monday night, dropping a tough 3-1 decision to the visiting Rams of South Kortright.
“We controlled most of the game in the first half,” Little said. “They had one breakaway and a PK, and then a big blast that came from the outside. But the teams were pretty evenly matched.” That levelness was illustrated by the shot count: each team tallied 11, though the Rams held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
Kelsey Little scored Andes’ lone goal, netting a shot from about 22 yards out.
“We did a lot better marking tonight than we did against Jefferson,” Little said. “Tonight we contained them quite well, won quite a few 50/50 balls, and had a lot of shots on goal.”
The Mountaineers hold a 4-6-1 record as they head into the home stretch of the regular season.
“One day it’ll be that the offense is looking really good and then the next day the defense is good,” Little said. “It’s just a question of putting them together on the same day. Our team has been competitive in all the games, whether we’ve won or lost. It just depends on the next three games how it’s going to shake out. It’s all up to them.”
MCS girls drop tough two
It was the ultimate Upper Delaware showdown when the Margaretville girls traveled to Davenport on Monday to face the host Wildcats of Charlotte Valley. The undefeated Wildcats, who were 6-0 in league play, were just ahead of the 5-1 Blue Devils in league standings, and Margaretville was on the hunt for an upset.
It wasn’t to be, however, as the Wildcats edged the visiting Blue Devils, 1-0, to keep their unbeaten streak alive.
“My girls played their hearts out,” said Margaretville Head Coach Toni Smith after the game. “They played a good game against Davenport. They’re the number-one-ranked team in the state, and we had a few opportunities to score but we just couldn’t connect.”
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half, and the scoring drought continued deep into the second half, until Davenport’s Emily Marsh put the host team on the board with just over 16 minutes left in regulation on a cross that came from the right-hand side.
A stingy Davenport defense proved challenging for the Blue Devils’ young front line, limiting them to just two shots and making it a heavily defensive game for Margaretville.
“We had a young forward line, two freshmen and one sophomore,” Smith said. “We played a defensive game, and we were looking to hold them and we were hoping we could get some long balls to the corners and get the cross off and score one on them, but they’re a very good team and we weren’t able to capitalize on any of our opportunities. But we played an excellent defensive game – it was just unforunate that this one snuck through.”
Despite the shooting advantage in Davenport’s favor, the two teams tallied three corner kicks apiece, and Smith said that the corners provided good scoring prospects for the Blue Devils.
“Amanda [Drizis] had a few nice corners,” she said. “One was very nicely placed, but we couldn’t finish on it.”
Margaretville keeper Megan McKenna tallied five saves for the Blue Devils, who will face the visiting JayHawks of Jefferson on Thursday.
“I think you have to take it game by game, and you never know in soccer,” Smith said. “You take it game by game, and you continue to work on moving the ball up the outside and to the corner flags and try to shore up defensively, and hope that you can take them one at a time.”
Prior to Monday’s match-up, the Blue Devils suffered a tough 5-1 loss to the visiting Eagles of Downsville. It was the first league loss of the season for Margaretville.
“All I can say is that they came out to play soccer and we didn’t,” Smith said. “All the basic things that you do in soccer were not happening, so it was a team loss.”
Statistics indicated that the game itself would have appeared to be closer than the scoreboard showed, with Downsville posting a narrow 12-11 shooting margin and each team tallying three corner kicks. McKenna tallied six saves.
Roxbury girls top WAJ
The Rockets got a go-ahead goal from senior Heather Davie with just over 29 minutes remaining in the second half, and Kennedy Faraci gave them some more breathing room when she made it 3-1 in Roxbury’s match-up with Windham Monday night.
The Rockets posted a solid 18-7 shooting advantage over the Warriors and held a narrow 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Roxbury goalkeeper Tarah DiBenedetto tallied five saves for Roxbury, who moved to 2-3-1 in the league and 3-5-2 overall following the win.
The Rockets will host the visiting Wildcats of Charlotte Valley at 4:15 p.m. today and will face Hunter-Tannersville at home at 4:15 p.m. tomorrow.