Valley Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY — Eight-grader Lea VanAllen scored her first two varsity goals, both off assists from her older sister senior Sadie VanAllen, to help Waverly to a 4-1 win over Newark Valley here Monday afternoon in IAC South Large School Division girls soccer action.
Senior Melina Ortiz scored one goal and had one assist for the Wolverines, while junior Gabby Picco added a goal, and Sadie Van Allen doled out three assists.
“Lea and Sadie VanAllen worked very well together up top,” said Waverly coach Tara Hogan. “Sadie’s three assists tonight just goes to show how hard she works to provide opportunities for other girls.”
Leah Williams, off an assist from Maris Aylesworth, gave the Lady Cardinals a quick 1-0 lead just a little more than 2 1/2 minutes into the game.
With 29:06, Lea VanAllen scored her first varsity goal to tie the game at 1-1.
Sixteen minutes later, Ortiz cashed in a feed from Sadie VanAllen to give the Lady Wolverines the lead for good at 2-1.
The game remained at 2-1 for slightly more than 39 minutes, until a hand ball called against Newark Valley resulted in a free kick. Ortiz launched the free kick, and Gabby Picco scored to give Waverly a 3-1 lead.
About 5 1/2 minutes later, the VanAllens hooked up again to make it 4-1.
Waverly had a 14-9 advantage in shots-on-goal, and limited Newark Valley to just two shots in the second half.
“The second half was cleaner, but we still have a lot to work on,” said Hogan.
Waverly also had a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.
“Cora Smith was tested again today and did well with holding the defensive line with Bella Romano and Tessa Petlock,” said Hogan.
“Melina (Ortiz) tried her hand at sweeper today and did well,” noted Hogan. “She seems to have a more natural instinct to hang back and help out the defense.
“This group of girls works well with this formation,” she added.
Hogan also pointed out the play of a pair of youngsters.
Hayleigh Moran and Paige Robinson both worked hard to hold down the outside of the field.
“Paige is fun to watch,” said Hogan. “She's not afraid to get in the action and does well with holding her own even as an 8th-grader.”
Kaitlyn Clark had nine saves in net for the Lady Wolverines.
Waverly, now 3-0, travels to O-M Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. start.
IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’s Lea VanAllen. … PHOTOS 1-18 COURTESY OF TINA DADONNA. … PHOTOS 19-24 BY TIM TAYLOR.
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