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November 12, 2012

Franklin girls run into buzzsaw

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Blumenstock showed some cunning in giving Poland a 2-1 lead 13:43 before halftime. She split a pair of Franklin defenders in the middle and when Downin came out to challenge, Blumenstock dribbled left around the diving goalie and scored into an open net.

“The forward (Blumenstock) to us was a lot like Kori Hamm,” Laing said of the Edmeston graduate who led the Tri-Valley League-rival Panthers to a share of the 2008 Class D state championship and went on to play for Oneonta State. “Where we’re from, we all remember Kori Hamm.”

After Blumenstock banged one off the left post eight minutes before halftime, Franklin had two good chances before the break.

Jessie Downin was stopped by Poland goalie Courtney Green on a semi-breakaway with 6:50 left before halftime and Beers forced Green to make a leaping save on a shot to the far post with 5:10 remaining in the half.

Over the opening 30 minutes of the second half, it appeared as if Blumenstock and Downin were engaged in a game of 1-on-1.

Blumenstock scored twice during that stretch and was denied by Downin on four other occasions.

“She dribbled the one around her and got by her, but there were a couple of other times Haley stopped her,” Laing said. “(Blumenstock) made an adjustment when they played the ball through and Haley came out and got those. Then they kind of laid off of those. Then you saw her come out and try to challenge us 1-on-1 because the throughballs were not there. It was kind of a 1-on-1 dual.”

Blumenstock made it 3-1 with 34:41 left. Free on a breakaway on the right side, Blumenstock faked going right and got Downin to commit. She then moved inside the goalie and scored into an open net.

Her final goal came with 17:27 to play, after Alyssa Lepper passed into the box. Downin came out, but Blumenstock got there first before tapping it inside the right post.

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