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September 5, 2013

Franklin girls start season with 3-2 win

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Defending Section Four Class D co-champion Franklin received a goal from Mariah McNeilly midway through the second that lifted the host Purple Devils to a 3-2 Tri-Valley League girls soccer victory over Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Wednesday.

It marked the season-opener for both teams.

McNeilly beat two defenders on the right wing before sending a shot just inside the right post from 18 yards to snap a 2-all tie.

Franklin, which returns nine starters from last season’s squad, got a goal and an assist from senior Jordan Beers.

After Taylor Nichols gave G-MU a 1-0 lead 8 ½ minutes into play, Beers scored 12 seconds later. Nichols scored again 6:53 into the second half, but Franklin tied it when Beers set up Kerry Schmidt’s goal.

“I thought they were outplaying us in the first half,” Franklin coach J.J. Laing said. “G-MU was playing better in the first half and beating us to the ball. In the second half, we started to play a little better and created more chances.”

Franklin outshot the Raiders, 9-4, after halftime.

Katie Schultes made 15 saves for G-MU.

“She had a good game and she’s a good keeper,” Laing said of Schultes, who denied Alexis Hurlburt in the second half with a juggling save.

Franklin will travel to Laurens on Monday.

UV 3, B-G 1

Sara Davis scored two goals to lead visiting Unadilla Valley to victory in the MidState Athletic Conference.

Bainbridge-Guilford scored its goal 21 minutes into the second half, when Cassidy Graham received a cross from Casey Davis right in front of the goal.

Abbie Oglesby had 11 saves for the Storm. Megan Ferrara contributed 16 saves for Bainbridge-Guilford (0-3, 0-1), which will Oxford on Sept. 11.

Sidney 3, Walton 2

Mackensie Gravelin scored two goals to lead the visiting Sidney to victory in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

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