Roxbury and MCS score soccer victories

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By John Bernhardt
“We’ve got a lot of guys filling new spots on the field,” explained Roxbury boys’ soccer coach Tom Faraci. “We’ve been getting some steady improvement and that pleases me.”

After dropping two tough non-league contests, one to Milford of the Tri-Valley League, and one to Davenport of the Delaware League, Faraci’s squad found the winning formula with a 6-0 victory over Jefferson.

Speedy striker Kris Walcutt was much of the winning equation scoring four of the Rockets’ goals. Joe McAfee and Tristian Mulder rounded out Roxbury’s scoring effort.
“We did a little better winning balls in the air,” noted Faraci. I’m hoping that trend continues.”
The Rockets get a second crack at Davenport, facing the Wildcats on the road tomorrow.

MCS boys top Onteora
The Margaretville boys’ soccer team had high expectations heading into their 2013 campaign. The Blue Devils proved they have resilience and resolve by coming from behind two times and then scoring the winning goal with two seconds remaining in the first overtime to down Onteora, 3-2, in a non-league season opener last week Saturday in Onteora.

The Blue Devils dominated play in the middle of the field but found themselves chasing Onteora for much of the contest. The teams played evenly until 33 minutes into the first half when Mangen Amin broke past the Blue Devils’ defense at the goal. With Margaretville goalie Eric Mathiesen charging forward, Amin tucked a high shot into the corner of the goal for the game’s first score.

The Indians carried the one goal lead into intermission but Kyle Short knotted the score 10 minutes into the second half. Ben Wright gave Onteora back the lead at the 23:12 mark of the final half.
It was Matt VanValkenburg who tied the score at 2-2 three minutes later. VanValkenburg netted the game winner with time disappearing in the first overtime. Awarded a direct kick a few yards beyond the box on the right hand side, the Blue Devils scrambled to get the ball down and in the air before time expired. VanValkenburg lofted a high blast into the far corner of the goal with only two seconds remaining on the clock.

The Blue Devils had a huge advantage in shots taking 19 shots to their host’s five.
Margaretville opened their Delaware League season facing Davenport in Margaretville last night.

Goals elusive RCS girls
The first goal of the season has proved elusive for the Roxbury Lady Rockets. The Rockets goalless streak stretched to three games when Roxbury fell, 1-0, to Gilboa in Stamford Mayor’s Cup play Saturday.

As they did in their first two contests, the Rockets turned in another solid and gritty defensive performance. And, this time, the offense showed signs of life by launching nine shots on goal to Gilboa’s 18. The Wildcats Kim Gockel netted the only score in the game, a second-half game winner for Gilboa.

Gilboa goalie Allison McGuire helped preserve the victory by making back-to-back challenging second half saves to keep Roxbury from tying the contest. McGuire would finish with seven saves.
Lisa Boyke stopped nine shots for the Rockets. Roxbury hosts Davenport on Thursday.

Lady Devils postpone
The Margaretville girls’ soccer team started the preseason in a numbers crunch. When one player dropped off the team and another transferred, coupled with a handful of preseason injuries, the Blue Devils simply lacked enough girls to play their opening contest with Milford on Saturday.
Since the opening of school, the Blue Devils have elevated two freshman from the modified ranks and one upperclassman is trying soccer for the first time, giving Margaretville 12 players for yesterday’s season opener in Davenport. The roster will rise to 15 when players currently out with injury or lacking the required practices are cleared to play.