WEST VALLEY — Goals and wins have been few and far between this season, for the girls varsity soccer team at West Valley Central School, but Coach Steve Kenworthy said that he has seen enough from which to draw hope for his team’s future.
“Even though we lost the game, I was proud of our team,” said Kenworthy, after a 2 – 1 loss on Friday, Oct. 9 to Panama. “We were down several players and many who normally serve in support roles stepped up to contribute. It was an indicator of a good future ,for West Valley soccer.”
That loss was the team’s third in four games, and the other game in that stretch was a tie, bringing the record team’s record to 4 – 6 – 1, after a 4 – 3 start.
During the game against Panama, Andrea Gentner scored the only goal of both the game and the current winless streak, for West Valley. Ashley Blackmon turned aside 14 shots, beaten by only Kristen Green and Megan Conway of Panama.
The slump began with a shutout loss in Ellicottville on Sept. 24 2 – 0. “They are still a very tough team,” Kenworthy said, of Ellicottville, following the loss.
That game was followed up by another match, in which the girls failed to score, but saw their goalie come through, with a 16-save shutout of her own, to secure a 0 – 0 tie with Chautauqua Lake on Monday, Oct. 1. “Previously, we had lost two close games, to Chautauqua Lake, with Courtney Hewes scoring 3 goals against us,” Kenworthy said. “We put Taylor Williams on her as a shadow for the whole game, and she did a remarkable job shutting [Hewes] down.
“We are happy to get away with a tie,” he added.
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, North Collins hosted West Valley and won 2 – 0, as the Wildcats were held scoreless, for the third straight game. Blackmon made 9 saves, as she was beaten by North Collins’s Emily Swiatkowski and Allie Moritz, both of whom tallied in the second half. “They are tough at home,” said the coach, “their artificial turf gives them a distinct home-field advantage.”
The girls took the field next on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in Franklinville, the last opponent West Valley defeated, on Sept. 21.
On Friday, Oct. 12, the girls hosted Ellicottville again. The next and final game of the season is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Pine Valley. That game will begin at 4:30 p.m.