The Daily Star
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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.
Freshman Katie Maguire scored Walton’s first goal of the season off an assist by Sara Yambor. Yambor sent a chipped ball to the 18 yard-line to find Maguire, who then shot to the near post.
Gravelin scored nine minutes into play off an assist from Katie Kirk.
Walton (0-1, 0-1) will play the Family School in the Downsville Tournament today.
Davenport 2, Roxbury 0
Kacie Hymers and Sarah Haight each scored to lead Davenport to a win in the Stamford Mayor’s Cup.
Hymers, a freshman, scored off an assist from Jenna Lutz to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with 8:45 left in the first half.
Four minutes after Hymers’ goal, Sarah Haight scored into the upper left corner from 18 yards.
Davenport (1-0, 1-0) will play South Kortright in a tournament semifinal at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Cooperstown 5, Edmeston 1
Sophomore forward Liz Millea scored four goals and assisted on another to lead host Cooperstown to a non-league victory.
Millea, who scored her team’s first three goals, opened the scoring off a pass from Jordian Siver inside the box. She finished from close range two minutes into play. Millea’s second goal came four minutes later from 12 yards. Her final goal of the first half came 10 minutes before halftime.
Siver also had a goal as Cooperstown finished with a 16-7 advantage in shots.
Danielle Ruffles scored Edmeston’s goal off an assist from Kelsey Bressett. Panthers goalie Dana Eschler had nine saves.
Cooperstown (1-0) will host their Center State Conference Opener against Mount Markham on Monday.
CV-S 8, Fort Plain 0
Zane Ashford had two goals and two assists, and Jordan Loucks scored twice as Cherry Valley-Springfield opened its season with a non-league road victory.
Lauren Loucks contribued a goal and two assists for the Patriots.