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Valley Sports Report
ELMIRA "” Elmira scored five times in the first half, and cruised to a 6-0 win over Waverly here Saturday afternoon in non-league Section IV girls soccer action.

"Overall, I'm really pleased with how we managed this game and were able to hold them to only one goal in the second half," said Waverly coach Eric Ryck.

"This team is scrappy, and they play a full 80 minutes," added Ryck. "They have tons of grit, and wheelbarrow loads of heart!. I am proud of them today and everyday."

Ryck said he knew Elmira was more talented, and the Wolverines tried a defensive tactic to win the game.

"We knew we couldn't play toe-to-toe with them, our strategy was to stack 10 bodies in front of the ball and when we won it send it over the top to our striker," said Ryck.

"We hoped we could create some quick-transition opportunities and win free kicks and throw-ins on their end.

"We made a couple costly errors right in front of our goal and Elmira made us pay," added ryck. "Their striker, Noah Sperduto, was a handful. My defense tried really hard to close him down, but if he had any space at all it was quickly off his foot and headed for goal."

Griffin Squires opened the scoring three minutes into the game, then Sperduto scored goals 90 second apart to give the Express a 3-0 lead just 5 minutes into the game.

Sperduto complete his hat trick midway through the first half, and Kytrell Stroman finished off Elmira's first-half scoring with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

Squires made it 6-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Elmira outshot Waverly 22-1, and had a 3-0 edge in corner kicks.

Sophomore Cameron McIsaac recorded 16 saves in net for Waverly.

The Wolverines, now 1-6, returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Newfield.

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