Roxbury, MCS girls each post two soccer wins

By Julia Green
It was a good week for the Roxbury girls, who posted convincing wins over Jefferson and Mount Everett on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
Rapid-fire scoring was key for the Rockets, who netted three goals in as many minutes early in the second half of Thursday’s game to take a considerable lead over the visiting JayHawks. Senior Heather Davie tallied the first two, converting on a cross from Christina Chiarappa with 32 minutes left and then finishing a cross from Rachel Meckes a minute later. Davie also tallied an assist on the third goal, connecting a pass to Sydney Peters, who found the net with 29 minutes remaining to give Roxbury the 3-0 lead.
Roxbury goalkeeper Tarah DiBenedetto tallied 10 saves for the Rockets, who were out-shot by the JayHawks 16-13.
The Rockets maintained their momentum as they traveled to compete in the championship game of the Hunter-Tannersville Booster Club Tournament on Saturday. Roxbury tallied all three of their goals in the first half as Paulina Cowan, Kennedy Faraci and Alexis Peters found the net for the Rockets, who allowed only one to take a 3-1 lead into halftime.
No goals were allowed by either team in the second half, as Roxbury held on to their two-goal lead for the win.
The girls posted another victory over the visiting Indians of Stamford on Monday night. Cowan, Meckes, Chiarappa and Faraci tallied goals for the Rockets, who moved to 3-5-2 overall and 2-3-1 in the league. Cowan put the Rockets on the scoreboard less than seven minutes into the first half; Meckes made it 2-0 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the half, scoring off an assist from Davie.
DiBenedetto tallied three saves for the Rockets, who play at Windham on Monday.

MCS wins
The Margaretville girls avenged a week-old loss to Andes by posting a 4-1 win over the host Mountaineers on Thursday. Andes defeated Margaretville 3-2 at the Blue Devils’ home field in the opening game of their tournament last week.
Senior Erica Faulkner tallied a hat trick and added an assist for the Blue Devils, who moved to 5-3 on the season and 4-0 in the league. The teams battled through the first half with the score remaining deadlocked at zero until Faulkner opened the scoring with two minutes left. She struck again to give Margaretville a 2-0 lead early in the second half.
Kaitlin Mackay tallied Andes’ lone goal with eight minutes remaining in the game, but Faulkner added her third goal of the day minutes later, followed by a goal by Tess Svoboda with less than a minute to play.
Margaretville goalkeeper Megan McKenna tallied six saves for the Blue Devils; Andes goalie Jenna Weaver had nine for the Mountaineers.
Margaretville logged another convincing win on Saturday, defeating visiting Roscoe 7-1 to earn a win in its three-team, round-robin tournament. Faulkner once again led the Blue Devils, tallying two goals and an assist with her first goal coming 10 minutes into the game. Roscoe tied it nearly 10 minutes later, tallying what would prove to be their lone goal of the game.
Genesis Quinones scored the game-winner with just over 15 minutes left in the half, after which the scoring floodgates opened for the Blue Devils.
Rachel Mathiesen scored Margaretville’s third goal less than five minutes later to give the Blue Devils a 3-1 halftime lead.
Amy Filupeit, Tess Svoboda and Michelle O’Reilly added goals in the second half for the Blue Devils, who out-shot Roscoe 30-6. With the win, the Blue Devils moved to 6-3 on the season; they traveled to Windham to face the host Warriors on Tuesday; no result was available at press time.
The outcome of Margaretville’s round-robin tournament was dependent upon the result of Tuesday’s match-up between Andes and Roscoe at Margaretville; no result was available at press time. Andes defeated Margaretville 3-2 in the opening round last weekend; an Andes win over Roscoe would give the Mountaineers the tournament title.
Margaretville will host the visiting Eagles of Downsville at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.
After Saturday’s match, a special dedication ceremony was held honoring members of the girls’ soccer teams from 1999 and 2002, who were state champions and state finalists, respectively. Banners were unveiled and it was announced that the Margaretville girls’ tournament was officially re-named the MCS Cohen Classic in honor of longtime girls’ varsity coach Dan Cohen, who led the 1999 and 2002 squads.