The Daily Star
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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.
Kerrin O’Shaughnessy made 20 saves for Worcester (1-3), which will play at Laurens on Wednesday.
G-MU 4, RS 0
Tayler Nichols and Mackenzie Talbot scored two goals apiece to lead Gilbertsville-Mount Upton to a Tri-Valley League win at home.
Nichols started the scoring off an assist with 29:51 left in the first half. She also scored in the second half on a corner kick from Talbot, who scored twice after halftime.
Katie Schultes made 13 saves in the shutout for the Raiders (4-2, 2-2).
Vanessa Miller stopped 16 shots for the Indians.
CV-S 2, Edmeston 0
Lauren Loucks scored two goals to lead visiting Cherry Valley-Springfield to a Tri-Valley League victory.
Loucks penetrated the box and scored her first from close range at the 31-minute mark. She got her second on a 12-yard shot with five minutes left in the first half. Jordan Loucks assisted on the goal.
Catherine Johnson and Dana Eschler finished with four saves apiece for the Panthers (1-5, 1-4), who are at Milford on Wednesday.
Schenevus 1, Laurens 0
Sierra Bentley scored the decisive goal seven minutes into the Tri-Valley League game as Schenevus won at home.
Sarah Mellor dribbled along the left side before crossing to Bentley, who finished from 15 yards.
Courtney Sherry amassed a game-high 19 saves for Laurens.
Schenevus (2-2) plays at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Wednesday.
SK 5, Margaretville 0
Freshman Lexi Dubois scored 7:27 before halftime and visiting South Kortright scored four more goals in the second half to win in the Delaware League.
Dubois stole a clearing attempt before scoring from 18 yards.
Fellow freshman Brianna Laing made it 2-0 with 34:12 left in the second half off an assist from Kaitlyn Stinson. Laing and Stinson finished with a goal and an assist apiece, and Tori Rockefeller and Shianne Coss also scored for the Rams (5-1).
Margaretville (0-2) will host Jefferson today.
Gilboa 1, Roxbury 0
Taylor Mattice set up Kim Gockel’s goal nine minutes into the second half of Gilboa’s Delaware League victory at home.
Mattice won the ball, took two dribbles before sending throughball to Gockel on the left side. Gockel took a touch before sending an 18-yard shot inside the far post.
“They had a couple of chances at the end of the game,” Gilboa coach April Houghtaling said. “They were pushing up. They lofted two good ones.”
Gilboa keeper Allison McGuire made nine saves.
The Wildcats (4-2, 2-1) will travel to Jefferson on Thursday.
Jefferson 2, H-T 1
The second of Emily Wenner’s two goals snapped a 1-all and lifted host Jefferson to a Delaware League victory.
Wenner controlled a long throw-in from Shiann Bellinger and before converting a 12-yard shot to give the J-Hawks a 2-1 lead with 9:48 remaining.
Wenner tied the score at 1 with 34:17 left. Her 18-yard shot from the left side beat Samantha Dibble (13 saves).
Meghan Powers scored in the first half for Hunter-Tannesville.
Jefferson (1-4, 1-1) is at Margaretville today.
Windham 2, Stamford 1
Caitlyn Lane scored two goals to lead visiting Windham to a Delaware League win in overtime.
Stamford opened the scoring four minutes in, when Brandy Fane finished a one-on-one opportunity off a pass from Gabrielle Caiazzo.
Lane tied it three minutes after halftime off a throughball from Brianna Jaeger. Lane’s second goal came halfway through the first overtime, off an assist in the box from Natalie Vining.
Stamford (2-3, 1-1) hosts Davenport at 7 p.m. Thursday.