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September 20, 2013

Downsville girls ride pks to win

Staff Report

Downsville girls soccer coach Burt Reed said he had never seen two penalty kicks awarded in one game before Thursday.

Now, Reed can say he’s seen four pks in one game, and three of those went in during the first round of the Cohen Classic at Margaretville.

Kaileen Townsend finished with three goals —including two from the pk line — to lead Downsville to a 4-3 victory over Roxbury and a shot at Saturday’s championship.

“It was one of those weird games,” said Reed, whose girls gave up a pk goal 21 seconds into the match as Shannon Sprague gave Roxbury a 1-0 lead. Sprague’s shot came after Downsville was penalized for a slide-tackle that just missed its target inside the box.

The Eagles (4-1) tied it 10 minutes later, when Kendra Lacey fed a corner kick to Lucy Kunz for a goal inside the near post.

“Then the second half was kind of crazy,” Reed said. “We started with a corner kick that went over the keeper to the far post and a defender punched the ball. I don’t think she meant to do that; she was covering her head. But she punched the ball out of bounds with her hand.”

That gave Downsville the first of its three penalty kicks, and Townsend made good on it for a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second half.

The Eagles came up empty on their second pk, which came seven minutes later. Kunz beat Roxbury goalie Lisa Boyke (11 saves), but a pair of defenders hit the ground in an attempt to block the ball. Reed said one of the defenders cleared the shot with her hands, setting up the second pk opportunity.

A minute later, Townsend sent a 30-yarder past Boyke for a 3-1 Downsville lead.

Erin Hubbell and Devin Fox followed with back-to-back goals for the Rockets, with Fox’s tying shot coming with 13 minutes remaining.

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