Girls Soccer: Burlington Central blanks Genoa-Kingston
After losing its last two games, Burlington Central got back on the winning track with a 4-0 Big Northern East win at Genoa-Kingston on Thursday.
The Rockets spread the scoring around to four different players as Alison Colby, Catherine Kaynish, Franki Marchetti and Lindsey Puccio all found the net.
“It was nice to get a win again,” said Central coach Michael Gecan. “We have a very talented group of players, but we’re still working out a few things. I thought we played better today, but I’d still like to see us get more aggressive but also stay under control. We need to bring energy all game and feed off one another.”
The Rockets (11-6-1, 5-1) took a while to get going but finally broke through when Colby scored the first goal of the game off an assist from Kaynish with 7:49 left in the first half. Moments later Kaynish scored a goal of her own by drilling one in from the top of the box with her left foot to give the Rockets a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
“Kaynish worked hard all game,” said Gecan. “She was definitely the best player out there today. She worked for that goal and kicked a beautiful bending ball with her non-dominant foot.”
Genoa-Kingston (7-8, 3-4) struggled offensively, but played well enough to stay within two goals until late in the game. The Cogs had their best scoring chance when they had a flurry of acitivity in front of the net with just under 15 minutes to play in the game. Ashley Grimm had a open shot from 20 yards sail just high of the crossbar. Central goalkeeper Caitlin Solberg stopped another shot and broke up a corner kick.
“I thought we played pretty well considering we were down to 13 players because of injuries,” said G-K coach Randy Tate. “They are a tough team to stop because they handle the ball so well and they stay very organized. I thought we did pretty well on defense. Lauren Orosco had a nice game for us at sweeper. We just had a hard time getting any thing going offensively. We could have used a couple of our forwards who were out.”
The Rockets finally sealed the win with a pair of late goals. from Marchetti and Puccio. Madalene Stoneman had the assists on both goals.
“She plays very composed,” said Gecan. “She has great anticipation and makes good with and without the ball. She set up those two goals beautifully by being patient. She didn’t rush and let the plays develope. Her aggressive but still calm approach is something we need more of as a whole team.”