SPRINGVILLE — With a new coach and a handful of new contributors, the Springville-Griffith Institute girls varsity soccer team got off to an 0-2 start. First, the girls fell to Amherst 2-0 and then lost a one-goal game against Lake Shore 3-2, with Tia and Alena Woodarek netting goals in the loss.
Coach Shawn Bullard attributed the early-season woes to the girls being “a little rusty and unorganized,” during the losses.
The Lady Griffs responded with a 12-0 victory over Olmstead on Sept. 6, as part of the Dunkirk tournament. The win saw six different scorers for Springville.
Woodarek led the way with 4 goals, one assist. Her sister Tia Woodarek wasn’t far behind, netting 3 goals. Mikayla Black contributed a goal and an assist, while Brittney Luther, Bethany Lazarus and Autumn Noeller each added a goal. Ashley Blidy chipped in, with an assist.
On Sept. 10, the S-GI team took down Lake Shore 4-1, in a rematch of a game played, just days earlier.
“One thing that every coach wants to see and every team needs to do is, they have to progress from the beginning of the season to the end of the season,” Bullard said, after the win.
“We started the season last Wednesday; it was disorganized, it was chaotic and our touches were off. As we progressed from the later part of last week into this week, we have made a lot of progress. We just lost to [Lake Shore] 3-2, so turning around and beating them 4-1 is a pretty substantial message to send, in terms of how much we’ve improved.”
Leading the offensive attack for Springville were the Woodarek ladies, combining for seven points in the win. Alena Woodarek netted 3 goals, while adding an assist. Tia Woodarek scored 1 goal and dished out two-assists.
“They were just running and putting perfect balls into space,” said Bullard, about his forwards. “They were really using each other in space.”
Junior goalkeeper Heaven Rollek had a big game in net, according to Bullard. Rollek was coming off a shutout against Olmstead and continued her solid play against Lake Shore.
The goalie is new to the sport, so “being comfortable in net is key for her,” Bullard added, about how she has handled the transition so far, this season.
“She stepped up and sent a clear message,” the coach noted. “She is getting more comfortable and more confident. Anyone who plays any sport knows that you have to have confidence, in order to play the sport. Her aggressive nature and her athletic skills have just taken off, since the first day.”
Bullard also acknowledged the contributions from senior center midfielder Dakota Nesselbush, defenders Shea Schelbe, Kate Darling and Luther, as being key in the win.
The Springville varsity girls hosted Cheektowaga at home on Sept. 11 and will travel to Pioneer on Sept. 18, for a match with their rival team, looking to improve their 2-2 record.