West Valley modified girls soccer awaiting a payoff
Coach Cara Abbey called this meet a “big improvement” on the team’s last game against Chautauqua Lake, which was a 10 – 0 loss, to open the season, back on Sept. 12. This time, Emmalea Erlandson, Haven Ford and Lauren Olejniczak registered shots on goal, while the defense held the opposition to half the number of goals from the first game.
When the girls opened their season against Chautauqua Lake, the team was short on players, which resulted in what Abbey called a “rough game.” In that game, Rena Riley and Rachel Morton combined, for 18 saves in goal. Riley followed up that showing with an “excellent performance,” according to her coach, in the team’s home opener on Sept. 14. That game, against North Collins, ended in a 5 – 0 loss.
“We had a hard-fought loss,” said Abbey after her team’s game against North Collins. Despite a 0 – 3 record, she said she wanted to remain positive.
“They really are doing great, making leaps and bounds of progress, all the time,” she said. “They’re just a young team that is working through kinks.”
The team played again on Friday, Sept. 21, at home against Franklinville. The girls’ next game is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24 at Ellicottville.