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Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY — Senior Melina Ortiz netted a hat trick, and junior Gabby Picco doled out three assists to lead Waverly to a 4-0 ‘Senior Night’ win over SVEC here Wednesday afternoon in IAC South Large School Division girls soccer action.

“We were a bit slow to start today,” said Waverly coach Tara Hogan. “We got into a bad habit of not talking and started taking shots that were rushed, and off-target.

“We're coming off of a few games in a row where neither one of these things were an issue,” she added. “Looking forward to postseason, we cannot afford to get complacent.”

Senior Sadie Van Allen, off a feed from Picco, put Waverly on the board about 11 minutes into the game.

“Sadie has gotten so much more comfortable with taking on opponents 1-v-1, and not shying away from using her left,” said Hogan.

Ortiz, off a feed from VanAllen, scored three minutes later to make it 2-0, which is where it stood at the half.

Ortiz scored four minutes into the second half, and then again six minutes later — both off assists from Picco — to provide the final margin.

“Melina (Ortiz) had a great game, taking advantage of shooting from well outside the 18,” said  Hogan. “And, Gabby has an unbelievable ability to see open lanes to her teammates.”

Waverly had a 32-2 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 5-0 edge in corner kicks.

Junior Kaitlyn Clark had one save in net for the Lady Wolverines.

Waverly, now 12-1, closes out the regular season Friday at Newfield.


IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’s Melina Ortiz. IN PHOTO 2: Waverly seniors (from left) Sadie VanAllen, Cora Smith, Christine Buiniskis, and Melina Ortiz. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF TINA DADDONA.

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