RCS tops Gilboa; RCS, MCS girls teams fall
By John Bernhardt
It’s a traditional rivalry that guarantees passionate play from both sides of the field. No matter the sport, whenever the Roxbury Rockets square off against neighboring Gilboa you can expect a hard tussle among friends. That was the case Monday afternoon when the Rockets scored four second half goals to topple Gilboa, 5-2.
Roxbury’s tandem of Chris Clark and Charlie Dietrich had their game in high gear against the Wildcats. Clark scored a pair of goals with Dietrich finding the nets once but dishing out two assists for the home team.
After Roxbury grabbed a 2-0 lead early in the second half, Gilboa’s Christian Cooper found the nets to make things interesting. Dietrich handed off a pass to Clark for a strike one minute later to push Roxbury’s advantage back to two goals, and the Rockets were off and on their way.
Joe McAfee and David Chairvolotti chalked up single goals for the winners. Kris Walcutt had a pair of assists for Roxbury.
Zack Perry tallied a late second half score for Gilboa.
The win improves Roxbury’s Delaware League record to 2-1. The Rockets are 3-4 overall.
They both wore jerseys numbered 19 last Thursday, one maroon and one white. Davenport’s high scoring senior soccer sensation Sarah Haight and Roxbury’s relentless sophomore defender Jade Meehan got to know each other well before the end of Thursday’s soccer encounter in Roxbury.
Little distance separated the two throughout the contest, as Meehan hawked Haight all over the field trying to slow down the Wildcat striker. Meehan shutout Haight during first half play, but the persistent Haight would shake free for two scores in the second half as the undefeated Wildcats downed Roxbury, 3-1.
Roxbury coach Lisa Faraci shuffled her deck of cards, making key position changes hoping to upset the Wildcats. Faraci moved Shannon Sprague off the front line to play sweeper, and Sprague responded brilliantly. With Meehan playing Haight’s shadow, and Sprague patrolling the last line of defense, Roxbury limited Davenport to only three tries on goal in the first half of a scoreless tie.
But, Haight is a difference maker. Give the senior striker a tiny slit and she’ll find a way to put the ball in the goal. Haight found that slit some five minutes into the second half shaking free down the left sideline. The senior striker sent a shot toward the goal that a Roxbury defender inadvertently kicked into the nets for an own goal.
Emily Whipple added a Davenport goal four minutes later tucking a shot above Roxbury goalie Lisa Boyke into the right hand corner of the goal.
Roxbury countered only 20 seconds later as Cloe O’Shaughnessy drove the ball into the right corner then lifted a shot that deflected off Davenport goalie Jayra Blanton’s shoulder into the nets for a score.
The two teams battled stride for stride up and down the field knowing the next score could determine the outcome. It was Haight who found pay dirt with 17:40 to play gaining enough separation from Meeham from some 30 yards away to lift a high, floating strike that tucked a whisker beneath the top pole and into the nets for the game’s final goal.
Trouble putting the ball in the nets continues to plague the Rockets. Roxbury turns in solid defensive play during every outing but has struggled to find enough offense to make that effort stand. Roxbury outshot host Gilboa, 11-10, on Monday but fell, 1-0, when the Wildcats scored the game’s only goal nine minutes into the second half.
Taylor Mattice gained control of the ball a few yards beyond midfield, took two dribbles and pushed a through ball down the left sideline. Kim Gockel lifted an 18-yard strike into the nets in the opposite direction for the game-winning score.
A four-goal scoring outburst in the second half lifted South Kortright over Margaretville, 5-0, in girls’ Delaware League action Monday afternoon. The Rams took 13 shots and had 13 corner kicks with five different girls registering a score. Lexi DuBois, Brianna Laing, Tori Rockefeller, Shianne Coss, and Kaitlyn Stinson all scored for SK.
The DuBois goal opened the scoring onslaught with less than eight minutes left in the first half. DuBois stole a clearing pass that she converted into a goal.