Lady Mountaineers top Blue Devils in soccer tournament opening round
By Julia Green
The Andes girls posted a 3-2 victory over the host Blue Devils of Margaretville on Saturday in the first round of the Margaretville Tournament.
The Mountaineers’ Mariah Ruff led Andes, tallying two goals in the second half to bring the Mountaineers level and then surpass the Blue Devils. Margaretville held a 2-1 lead with 17 minutes left to play, when Ruff finished off a direct kick from Kaitlin Mackay to tie the game at two goals apiece.
Ruff struck again with less than 10 minutes left to give Andes a 3-2 lead that they held on to until the final whistle.
Erica Faulkner and Amy Filupeit tallied goals for the Blue Devils, who moved to 3-3 overall.
“It was a day that wasn’t meant to be,” said MCS Head Coach Toni Smith. “Our struggle was that we just couldn’t finish. It should have been 5-1 at halftime, but we were just struggling finishing, and kept hitting the goalposts and the crossbar. We really dominated the first half.”
Margaretville goalkeeper Meg McKenna tallied six saves in the game, in which the Blue Devils outshot the Mountaineers 26-14.
Andes goalkeeper Jenna Weaver tallied 12 saves for the Mountaineers, who will have a rematch with the Blue Devils at Andes on Thursday.
The Margaretville girls posted a 4-1 victory over host Hunter on Thursday, led by senior Erica Faulkner, who tallied a hat trick for the Blue Devils. Faulkner put MCS on the board about 12 minutes in, finishing a shot from about 18 yards out; she followed that with a chip shot from about 20 yards out into the upper right-hand corner of the net.
The Blue Devils continued the pressure in the second half, upping their passing game and making a few defensive changes. Faulkner tallied her third goal off an assist from Amanda Drizis less than seven minutes into the second half, and Amy Filupeit rounded out the Blue Devils’ scoring with 22 minutes remaining, finishing off an assist from Tess Svoboda.
“In the second half, they started stepping up their play a little bit and executing a much better passing game,” Smith said. “And our defense was less challenged because of that.”
The Blue Devils tallied 20 shots to Hunter’s 17; MCS keeper Meg McKenna tallied nine saves.
The Roxbury Rockets suffered a tough 2-1 loss to the visiting Eagles of Downsville on Thursday.
Senior Heather Davie put the Rockets on the board when she scored Roxbury’s lone goal in the second half, and it looked like the game was headed for overtime until Downsville’s Krista Baxter scored with just over three minutes remaining in regulation to give the Eagles the win.
Roxbury goalkeeper Tarah DiBenedetto tallied 11 saves.