MCS, RCS girls post win against Gilboa

By John Bernhardt
This time they had an insurance goal. The Margaretville girls’ soccer team carried a two-goal lead into the final 10 minutes of Thursday’s home opener at Pete Palen Field. The added score proved to be a valuable insurance policy down the stretch as Gilboa rallied to tally a goal with less than five minutes in the game. The Blue Devils kept the Wildcats at bay down the stretch securing their first Delaware League victory of the season.

Margaretville dominated the early action. The Blue Devils defense was suffocating with Gilboa denied even a shot on goal until 19:11 of the opening half. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils pounded shots but couldn’t push the ball past Gilboa goalie Brooke Koerner.

Sophomore striker Elia Tanzer made things happen offensively with 11:28 to play in the half. Tanzer used some fancy footwork to advance the ball past a Wildcat defender deep in the right offensive corner. Tanzer faked to the outside, pulled the ball back to the inside and past the defender, then launched a missile at the goal. The sizzler caromed off the near pole then bounced off a Gilboa defender and into the goal for Margaretville’s first score.

A pair of seniors, sweeper, Kellsey Buerge, and stopper, Rachel Mathiesen directed a stingy Margaretville defensive effort. The senior duo got great help from Kaitlin Short, who aptly patrolled the left defensive wing. Again and again, Short, who has the ability to place send a defensive counter to an open spot where the ball can be played forward by a teammate, countered Gilboa advances to her side of the field over and over again.

Tess Svoboda, a running offensive machine for the Blue Devils, added the insurance score with 22:50 to play in the game. The Blue Devil senior striker wove the ball back and forth outside to inside to outside and to inside just inside the box then lifted a high strike that floated over Koerner into the far right hand corner of the goal.

The dormant Gilboa offense awakened with 12:30 left, initiating a series of offensive opportunities that included five corners and one throw in from just in front of the corner flag during a one minute time span.

Gilboa got on the scoreboard with 4:03 to play when a streaking Ashleigh Jaegar handled a pass from the right wing, split two Margaretville defenders and pounded a hard shot along the ground just out of the reach of the diving Blue Devils’ goalie Alexis Molnar.
The Devils dropped a 2-0 decision at South Kortright on Tuesday and fell 1-0 versus Milford at the Hall of Fame Field in Oneonta on Saturday.

RCS tops Gilboa
Roxbury girls’ soccer coach Lisa Faraci has to hope her teams’ 4-1 victory over Hunter-Tannersville is a turning point. Game after game, the Rockets have turned in competitive defensive efforts but were unable to score. The flood games opened when Roxbury scored four times against H-T.

Sharon Sprague ended a scoring drought that lasted three complete games, netting the game’s first goal. Sprague would make it a bookend performance Thursday scoring Roxbury’s final goal of the game.

Alyce McIntosh and Bailey O’Donnell hit the Rockets’ in-between goals. Lisa Arangio had the lone goal for H-T.