Strong first half lifts Maple?Grove past Dunkirk

Ema Franczak scored two first-half goals to aid the Maple Grove Lady Red Dragons (10-2) to a 7-1 victory over Dunkirk (1-11) on Tuesday in CCAA West girls high school soccer.

Olivia Richarson, Sarah Pardue and Emily Swanson each netted first-half goals as the visitors jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Lady Red Dragons received a goal from Katie Braund.

Dunkirk avoided the shutout a minute later as Emilee Hanlon scored on a penalty kick.

Maple Grove’s Chloe Kibbe scored with three minutes left to round out the scoring.

Brianne Davis was the winning goalie with four saves while Aimee Kaufman made 18 saves in defeat.

“The team as a whole understands their mistakes and are working very hard in practice to correct them,” Dunkirk coach Phil Cook said. “We have four games left to have some success. Hopefully their hard work will pay off soon.”

Dunkirk hosts Westfield-Brocton today.