|NTL GIRLS SOCCER: ATHENS ROLLS OVER STATE-RANKED LANSING, 6-0 (24 PHOTOS) (2017-10-07)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
LANSING — Sophomore Abby Sindoni scored two goals and had two assists, and senior Taylor Reynard added two goals to lead Athens to a 6-0 win over state-ranked Lansing here Saturday night in non-league girls soccer action.
“We put together a full 80-minute game,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “I’m super proud and happy with how we competed the whole game.
“Lansing played a tough brand of soccer, but we were able to overwhelm them with our technical ability and athleticism,” Pitts added. “This is another good test for us as we keeping working towards districts.”
For nearly 18 minutes, Lansing keeper Lena Gisler, who had two diving saves in the first five minutes, and the Lady Bobcat defense kept Athens’ high-powered offense at bay.
With 22:06 remaining in the first half, Sindoni, off a feed from junior Ariana Gambrell, drove a shot into the upper-90 to give the Lady Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
Six minutes later, Sindoni, with two defenders on her hips, fired a shot just under the crossbar to extend the lead to 2-0. Senior Morgan Ferguson was credited with an assist on the score.
Just 2 1/2 minutes later, junior Emma Adams slid a pass along the ground a half-step in front of a Lansing defender, to an awaiting Reynard, who punched a shot past Gisler to make it 3-0.
A few minutes later, Adams fed Reynard again with a cross into the box, and after a collision with a Lansing defender, who knocked Gisler off her feet, Reynard swiped the loose ball out of the air for an apparent goal, but the official on the scene disallowed the goal due to contact with the keeper.
The Lady Wildcats led 3-0 at the half.
Just 52 seconds into the second half, Ferguson made it 4-0 off an assist from Sindoni.
With 28:46 remaining in the game, Gambrell got on the scoreboard, off a feed from junior Rachel Hutchison, to make it 5-0.
Reynard capped the scoring midway through the second half off an assist from Sindoni.
Athens had a 20-5 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.
Gisler recorded 14 saves for Lansing, while senior Kara Chapman had five for Athens.
Athens improves to 9-1-2 on the season, while Lansing, ranked 16th in New York State in Class C, falls to 7-3-1.
The Lady Wildcats return to action Monday when they host Section IV, Class AA powerhouse Elmira.
IN PHOTO 1: Athens’ Abby Sindoni. …. PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.