WEST VALLEY — Despite an 0 – 3 record heading into a home date with Franklinville on Friday, Sept. 21, West Valley Central School girls modified soccer team Head Coach Cara Abbey had nothing but praise for her team’s recent efforts.
“They really are doing great,” she said, after her team dropped the first two games by a combined score of 20 – 0. “They’re just a young team that is working through kinks.”
During the game against Franklinville, West Valley’s Rena Riley and Charlotte Bailey split the goaltending duties, together earning a combined 2 – 0 shutout, for the team’s first victory of the season. Nine minutes into the game, Cheyanne Folts ended West Valley’s scoring drought and put the girls up 1 – 0.
In the 50th minute, Sharon Bailey doubled the lead with her goal. Both goals were assisted by Tessa Sullivan, who had a shot on goal, as well.
Emmalea Erlandson and Lauren Olejniczak each had shots on goal.
During the game, Marisah Croakman, the West Valley team captain, suffered an injury, which the coach labeled “heart-breaking.”
Croakman went down in the first quarter with much of the game still left to play.
“The girls came together as a team, played their best game and won it for her,” Abbey said.
The girls were unable to string together a winning streak when they traveled to Ellicottville on Monday, Sept. 24, losing 8 – 0.
Heading into their next game on Monday, Oct. 1, the WVCS girls modified soccer team is 1 – 4. Monday’s game will be played against Chautauqua Lake.