Before fans were even done trickling into the stands, the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies were off and scoring.
It didn’t take long before the Lady Hillbillies put the game out of reach in a lopsided 14-0 win over the Dunkirk Lady Marauders in CCAA West League girls high soccer Tuesday.
Morgan Genovese got the scoring started with the game’s first goal.
“Morgan got us started and we just kept going,” Fredonia coach Cathy Cruver said. “We were preparing for this game because we know how hard Dunkirk plays. We know they work hard, so we’ve been preparing diligently.”
Devin Kowalewski was next to find her way into the mix. Kowalewski took advantage of a Lady Marauder turnover in their own end and blasted a shot towards the top of the net to make the score 2-0.
Minutes later, Kowalewski dealt a pass to Genovese, who netted the home team’s third goal and her second of the contest.
“Our midfielders played great,” Cruver said. “Devin really made a difference in this game.”
Kowalewski finished with three assists and a pair of goals.
Zoya Katta added one of her four goals to make the game 4-0, before Genovese netted another for the hat trick.
“It was a team effort,” Cruver said. “Obviously Zoya Katta and Morgan Genovese had big games, each scoring four goals to lead the team.”
The Lady Hillbillies added a handful of goals to make the score 9-0 at halftime.
“We had a lot of communication break downs,” Dunkirk coach Phil Cook said. “If we communicate about who to mark and when, then the goal total will go down.”
Ashleigh Hobbs, Helen Wagner-Maggitti, Emily Valvo, Tiana Pittman and Sarah Cruver all netted goals for the Lady Hillbillies as the home team added five goals in the second half.
“The biggest thing is that we stayed together,”Cook said. “We win as a group and we lose as a group, so it was nice to see us stick together through this.”
Despite Dunkirk’s struggles on offense, the second half of the game they were able to move the ball better against an experienced Fredonia defense.
As for Fredonia, the dominate performance included some moments which impressed coach Cruver.
“I was very impressed with our ability to control the ball,” Cruver said. “We never played in a panic or lost our cool. We controlled the ball and moved it down the field.”
Next up for the Lady Marauders is a trip to Frewsburg on Thursday while Fredonia will be making the trip to Southwestern that same day.