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September 17, 2013

Franklin girls give Laing 200th victory

Staff Report

In a matchup of Tri-Valley League unbeatens, Franklin scored the first three goals and held on for a 3-2 girls soccer victory at Milford on Monday that marked Purple Devils coach J.J. Laing’s 200th victory.

“It was a great game,” Milford coach Chris Saggese said. “Very good soccer on both sides and very exciting soccer to watch, for sure.”

Kirsten Brownell scored the first two goals off assists by Jessie Downin.

“Jessica Downin really did a lot of damage down our right flank,” Saggese said.

With 12 minutes left, Franklin’s Jordan Beers took a corner kick that was headed into the goal by Terry Peterson from 6 yards, giving the Purple Devils a 3-0 lead.

Milford’s comeback started on a goal by Addy Lawson 4 1/2 minutes later. Lawson finished a crossing pass from Amanda Fish from 6 yards. Fish scored two minutes later. It started with a corner kick that Emilie Mertz flicked toward Fish, who finished it.

“The ball definitely bounced around (Franklin’s) box in the last minute,” Saggese said.

Milford (4-1, 3-1), which tied Morris, 0-0, in last year’s Tri-Valley League final, held a 10-6 advantage in shots. Franklin goalie Marisa Cawley stopped 10 shots.

“In the midfield, it was a great battle between Hannah (Saggese) and Jordan (Beers),” Saggese said. “It was a great battle to watch. The ball would go from 18 to 18 pretty quickly.”

Franklin, which tied Morris, 1-1, in last year’s Section Four Class D final and advanced to state play in a penalty-kick shootout, improved to 4-0.

Milford will host Edmeston on Wednesday.

Morris 5, Worcester 0

Alexis Forgit scored the game’s first three goals as visiting Morris cruised in the Tri-Valley League.

Forgit finished a Haley Wist corner kick three minutes into play. Her second goal came in the 21st minute.

Wist finished with a goal and two assists, and Morgan Flint also scored for Morris.

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