2016-09-14 / Sports

MCS boys win two of three; girls split soccer contests

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Teams get going in early action
By John Bernhardt

For Margaretville boys’ soccer coach Jeremey Marks, the first week of soccer action was instructive. Playing away from home, the Blue Devils won two games and dropped one to get their 2016 season underway.

Margaretville downed Davenport, 3-0, in its league opener, fell, 1-0, in overtime to Walton in the opening round of the Downs- ville Tournament, then blanked Sullivan West in tournament consolation play.

For Marks, the early season play was an opportunity to gain insights about his team. “You’ve got to be happy any time you go to Davenport and come home with a win,” Marks explained in describing his team’s opening season victory. Mark’s squad got their scoring from a pair of juniors, Sam Tanzer and Nate Plante. Tanzer netted a pair of goals and Plante in single score in the contest.

Disappointing result

Marks and his troops were disappointed with their performance in a 1-0 overtime loss to Walton in the Downsville Tourney. “Take nothing away from Walton. They played hard,” Marks said. “But, we didn’t play well. With the chips on the line late in a game or in overtime, you can’t get frustrated and have everyone trying to make it happen by themselves. We abandoned team play.”

That made the consolation game the following day an interesting challenge for the Blue Devils. Would they bounce back? Before the game, the team claimed they had learned a valuable lesson from their setback, pledging to be as happy with an assist as with a goal. The Blue Devils then backed up that premise, unleashing a potent passing attack that resulted in a 5-0 victory over Sullivan West. Casey Serdiouk scored a pair of goals, and Tanzer, Victor Sarabia, and Derek Zellner all scored for the Blue Devils.

Marks lauded the play of firstyear goalie Tanner Reither, pleased with his quarterbacking skills at the back of the Margaretville defense.

Margaretville girls

Sometimes the Gods of soccer rule against you. That seemed to be the case Monday night in Margaretville when the Blue Devils dropped a heartbreaking contest, 2-1, to Gilboa. Fresh off a 3-0 weekend consolation victory over Roxbury in the Stamford Mayor’s Cup, the Blue Devils were hoping to continue their forward progress with a home Delaware League victory. That would not come to pass.

Locked in a 1-1 tie, Gilboa’s Zinnia Reese received a pass down the left hand sideline near the 18 yard line, took two dribbles to the inside, and drilled a shot inside the far pole to give the Wildcats the lead. The Gilboa score seemed to awaken the Blue Devils offense as Margaretville unleashed a furious attack on the goal. But, try as they might, as maddeningly close as they came, the Blue Devils simply could not find the tying score.

With 17:02 to play, Paige Gredaroli took a pass from Kansas Chamro after Chamro worked the ball deep into the Gilboa defense. Gredaroli played the pass beyond the last Wildcat field defender driving one-on-one at the Wildcat goal. Gilboa goalie Hailie Schultis somehow was able to deny the Blue Devil scoring try.

At that point, Margaretville senior Emily Baker emerged. Baker was all over the field determined to tie things up. With 16:20 left, Baker drove the ball down the right wing and fired a shot that skipped off the crossbar and out of play. Five minutes later, Baker was at it again. This time the Margaretville senior split the Wildcat defense and blasted a shot from 20 yards out that bounced off the left pole and caromed away from the goal.

Baker wasn’t done. Three minutes later, the senior forward played a throw-in off her head that floated just over the cross bar landing on top of the goal. Baker’s determined effort was stopped after a Gilboa defender accidentally slammed her to the ground in pursuit of the ball with 5:23 in the game forcing the senior striker to leave the game.

One last chance

Even without their top offensive threat, the Blue Devils managed one final scoring attempt. With only 40 seconds on the clock, senior midfielder Kristena Westerfeld was awarded a direct kick from 25 yards in front of the goal. Westerfeld lofted a high shot that floated just over the crossbar, landing atop the net.

Margaretville scored first with sophomore Kayla Petry nabbing the goal. Gilboa’s Tyne Banks knotted the score at 1-1 driving down the left sideline and firing a left-footed goal that tucked into the net inside the far pole.

Baker, Itamar Silva, and Denali Finkle each had goals in Margaretville’s 3-0 win over Roxbury in the consolation game of the Stamford Mayor’s Cup. Baker, Westerfeld, and Kaitlynn Shamro from Margaretville were all selected to the all-tournament team.

Roxbury’s Kaitlyn Falcom and Hayden O’Shaughnessy were also named all-stars.

400th soccer victory

He’s one of a dying breed, physical education teachers that have a hand in every facet of their school’s athletic program. For decades South Kortright’s Bob VanValkenburgh has coached Ram teams in every sport season. VanValkenburgh is most noted for the gifted basketball teams he sends out on the hardwoods year after year. That sometimes overshadows an incredible record of success VanValkenburgh’s teams have realized on the soccer field.

Last week, VanValkenburg reached another sports’ milestone when his team defeated Stamford. The victory was the 400th over VanValkenburgh’s career.

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