MCS girls win Downsville tourney

By John Bernhardt
It was like a step back in time. Watching Elia Tanzer launch her Margaretville varsity soccer career was like reversing the clock several years to watch another Margaretville freshman, the Blue Devils’ prolific scoring threat of years gone by, Claire Cella.

Tanzer had quite a first week. The fleet-footed freshman, scored a game-tying goal and assisted another to put Margaretville ahead of Stamford in the first overtime of their opener, before the Blue Devils ran out of gas during the second extra frame. Tanzer got the game-winner in the first overtime of an exciting 4-3 Blue Devil road victory over SK last Wednesday.

Big scoring day
Then on Friday, after the Blue Devils outlasted Sullivan West in a shootout at the end of their third straight overtime game, Tanzer scored all three goals Saturday in Margaretville’s, 3-1, victory over Downsville in the title game of the Eagles’ tournament.

More important than Tanzer’s incredible start, is the way the freshman striker compliments an already potent Margaretville offense. Tanzer might be the finishing piece to an offensive with explosive scoring potential. Tess Svoboda and Amy Filupeit return as Margaretville’s top scorers from last season. Opposing coaches no longer have the luxury of using double coverage on one of the experienced Blue Devils’ strikers as Downsville attempted in defending Svoboda in the title game on Saturday. When they do, Filipueit, Tanzer, and another hard shooting newcomer, Cora Bruno, improve the Blue Devils’ chances to score.

Scoring balance
Margaretville showcased that scoring balance in SK when all four girls scored a goal as they toppled the Rams 4-3. Friday in the Downsville tournament opener, Filupeit got the Blue Devils in the books by using a cross from Svoboda with 27 minutes left to play. Sullivan West used a corner kick and a scrum in front of the nets to tie it up with 8:27 left to play.

The teams played to a stalemate through regulation and both overtimes. Margaretville advanced to the finals besting the Eagles ,3-0, in a shootout. Filupiet, Svoboda and Cecelia Galatioto scored penalty-kick goals.

Sullivan West’s first penalty try missed over the goal, Margaretville goalie Megan McKenna stopped the second try, and the final attempt missed wide.

Tanzer converted three crosses from three different teammates in the championship game. Bruno rifled a cross from the right wing finding the freshman, and Tanzer buried a shot into the left corner for the game’s first score. Svoboda found the freshman with a cross from the opposite side of the field, and this time Tanzer beat a lone defender to score from 10 yards out. Filupeit pounded a cross from the left side to set up Tanzer’s final scoring strike.
Margaretville’s defense played well in Downsville only allowing one goal in the tournament.