West Valley Central School girls soccer works on scoring
WEST VALLEY — Fans in attendance for West Valley Central School’s girls varsity soccer season-opener saw extra action on Sept. 6, when West Valley and Pine Valley went head-to-head into overtime, with the score knotted at 2 – 2.
Pine Valley prevailed with the 3 – 2 win, forcing West Valley to open the season at 0 – 1.
The following week, the girls travelled to Hinsdale in search of the team’s first win. The result was a 4 – 1 victory that evened the team’s record and put the girls in pursuit of a winning streak when they traveled to Chautauqua Lake, two days later. The home team came out with the 3 – 1 victory, pushing West Valley down to 1 – 2, on the season.
Coach Steve Kenworthy said that he was looking for more offense, when his team hit the field, on Friday, Sept. 14, at home against North Collins. The result was a 5 – 0 win, a game that featured offensive production and a defense that resulted in a shutout. The win set the girls at 2 – 2 through four games this season.
“After last season, some changes were made that have allowed us to score more goals,” said Kenworthy. “We moved Rachael Zimmer to striker, and, as a result, she has scored 6 goals in our four games. We also have many other players’ contributing offensively.”
About his team’s losses, Kenworthy said, “Our two losses were close and could have easily been ties or wins. If we tighten up defensively and continue to score, we should be competitive with all the teams in our division.”
The team played three more games this past week, including at Chautauqua Lake on Sept. 17, at Panama on Sept. 19 and at home against Franklinville on Sept. 21. West Valley’s next game is on Monday, Sept. 24 in Ellicottville. The teams will square off against that team at 4:30 p.m. in their first of two meetings this season.