Morgan Genovese scored four goals Tuesday night as Fredonia (7-3, 6-2) cruised past Dunkirk (1-8-0), 10-0, in CCAA West girls soccer action under the lights at Karl Hoeppner Field
“Morgan always plays hard no matter what,” Fredonia head coach Cathy Cruver said. “She’s done a fantastic job for us all season long. She’s a competitor and if she’s in the game, she’s going to find the back of the net one way or another. Four goals (Tuesday) didn’t surprise me one bit. She did a great job.”
Kirsta Wheelock, Emily Valvo, Brigette Boettcher, Emily McKinnon, Zoya Katta (assist) and Helen ?Wagner-Maggitti also scored for Fredonia.
“It’s very nice,” Cruver said of having multiple scoring options. “If you look at our stats from the previous games, you’ll see that our goal scorers are pretty evenly spread. Morgan is going to always be a threat if she is on the field. She’s going to find the back of the net, but we really have more strikers than I think people realize.”
After 11 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Lady Hillbillies got on the board, as Emily McKinnon scored on a long free kick was placed just high enough to get over the out-stretched arms of Dunkirk keeper Aimee Kaufman.
“The only thing I can think of, the rivalry that is Dunkirk and Fredonia, it leads to that emotional high when you start,” Dunkirk head coach Phil Cook said. “But when you get behind, that low sets in. So, it’s simply an emotional game and I think the emotions got the better of us.”
Dunkirk was able to stick with Fredonia for much of the first half, but from the 14th minute on, the Lady Hillbillies added four more goals, three by Genovese.
“We had a couple of breakdowns,” Cook said. “We didn’t defend Morgan the right way and she made us pay. She got a couple of goals that were well-earned and we got ourselves in a hole and couldn’t dig out of it.”
The second half didn’t go much better for the Lady Marauders as the Lady Hillbillies found the back of the net five more times.
“There are times that my job as a coach are tough,” Cruver noted, “because there’s so much talent that it’s hard to get everybody in the game the way I want them in the game.”
Maggitti was credited with a goal in the 37th minute after Kaufman’s attempted punt out of the box deflected off her and into the goal.
“It’s the one position that I can’t pull off (the field) and talk to,” Cook said of his goalie. “You have to battle through the stuff that goes wrong and she’s played some good games for us. She’s a very smart girl, very strong-willed and she’ll get over it. It’s just very tough in the moment to stay in there.”
From there, Katta, Boettcher, Genovese and Valvo tallied goals as the Lady Hillbilies completed the season sweep of the Lady Marauders.
“We’ve definitely worked on speed the last two seasons,” Cruver said. “Especially at midfield. But, to be honest, I think we could use even a little more speed. For Dunkirk (Tuesday) it was a little bit too much for them to handle. But we definitely want to focus on that for the rest of the season.”
Dunkirk’s best scoring chance came on a penalty kick in the 15th minute, but Boettcher, who replaced Alex Zentz, made a diving stop to her right to preserve the shutout.
“Dunkirk has some fantastic athletes,” Cruver said. “Sydney Charles is a great athlete, but I think that missing Jessica Gifford and having her out on injury right now, has been really, really tough on them. But Rachel Rosas, Kyle Bentley, I mean the list goes on. (Dunkirk) definitely has a very talented group of girls. That program is going to go places.”
Despite being outscored 24-0 by their arch rival, Cook knows there were good things his players did Tuesday.
“There were times when we attacked the right way,” Cook said. “We were able to get in the outside channels and run at their goalie, there was some good communication and we won a lot of one-on-one battles. The attitude to play and strive to win is there and we have plenty of more chances to do so. It only takes one win and the whole attitude changes.”
NOTES: Zentz finished with three saves … Fredonia outshot Dunkirk 24-6 … Kaufman finished with nine saves.
Silver Creek 5, Cattaraugus-Little Valley 0
SILVER CREEK – Shelby Harford scored a goal and added an assist to lift the Silver Creek-Forestville Black Knights (8-2-1, 6-1-1) to a 3-0 shutout of Cattaraugus-Little Valley (4-6-1, 2-5-1) on Tuesday in CCAA Central girls high school soccer
Emily Harford opened the scoring for the home team and was assisted by her sister, Shelby.
Shelby Harford put the Black Knights up 2-0 and was assisted from Janelle Cossin for a 2-0 halftime edge.
In the second half, Silver Creek’s Jade Lewis scored the lone goal to give the Black Knights the 3-0 victory.
Jamie Hehir was the winning goalie as she made one save.
Despite the shutout win, Silver Creek-Forestville coach Kevin Rice knows there are areas that need improvement.
“We didn’t take advantage of scoring chances,” he said. “It’s hard to speak negatively when you win, but we had 27 shots on goal. Their goalie kept them in the game. We missed a lot of opportunities.”
Silver Creek-Forestville returns to action Thursday at Panama.