Bray, Wakin help Delhi girls stifle Sidney, 5-0

RYAN AMES | The Daily Star Delhi’s Jody Bray dribbles away from Sidney’s Meghan Worden during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Sidney.

SIDNEY — The Delhi girl’s soccer team rolled to a 5-0 win over Sidney on Wednesday behind a three-point performance from Jody Bray.

The junior tallied two goals and added an assist for the Bulldogs in their Midstate Athletic Conference matchup with the Warriors.

“She has good vision, makes good passes, is a good hustler (and a) physical player,” Delhi coach Matt Albright said. “Overall, every single person marked on that pitch was full of effort and that really, I think, made a big difference for us in our spirit of the game and the energy of the game.”

Sophia Wakin was all around the net for the Bulldogs as well, concluding the match with a goal, assist and six shots. Lauren Packard and Abbie Leahy contributed the other two goals for Delhi.

“I thought that, especially with our new formation that we put in yesterday, I thought we played really well,” Bray said. “Especially with our passing, because we’ve been working on that a lot and our first touches.

“We usually don’t play on turf so I thought we had a really good game for us and we did well with finishing and through balls up top as well,” Bray said.

The Bulldogs dropped their first game of the season to Elmira-Notre Dame, 6-0, last Friday.

“We were looking to bounce back from getting beat up against Elmira-Notre Dame,” Albright said. “We changed some things up from that and we executed on the things that we talked about.”

Delhi used those adjustments to control the pace of play for the majority of the 80-minute affair and it showed in the shot totals. The Bulldogs sent 17 shots on goal while the Warriors managed three.

Sidney junior Savannah Brown had two of the three shots for the Warriors (0-2).

“I think we won the ball way more,” Bray said. “I think that in our game against Elmira-Notre Dame, we really didn’t beat them to the ball as well as we could have and we didn’t find each other’s feet as well as we did in this game.” 

Delhi did not allow Sidney much opportunity to breathe as they produced chance after chance in the offensive end early in the match. Warriors goalkeeper Meghan Greco (10 saves) had to make a few point-blank stops to keep her squad in the game.

Delhi continued to execute stellar ball movement and crisp passing throughout the first half and eventually broke through when Wakin charged into the center of the box and scored in the 14th minute to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

Sidney held strong defensively for the remainder of the first half, but the Bulldogs bombarded the Warrior net in the second 40, scoring four goals.

Bray recorded her first strike of the night after her shot from the right side deflected off Sidney defender Anna Tomeo’s leg and into the net.

Delhi extended the score to 3-0 in the 32nd minute of the second half on a beautiful floater from Packard about 30 yards out. 

Wakin and Bray combined for a quick passing play before Bray bent a shot into the bottom right corner to push it to 4-0.

The Bulldogs tacked on the insurance marker late in regulation from Leahy, bringing it to a 5-0 final.

Sylvia Liddle earned the shutout in net as she stopped both shots she faced.

“We’re happy with the outcome,” Albright said. “The girls played really well.”

Delhi (1-1) heads to Unadilla Valley on Monday, Sept. 9 for a 4:30 p.m. game.

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