Saturday October 13, 2012

AUSTIN DANFORTH

Assistant Sports Editor

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Hoosick Falls Central School girls soccer coach Tom Husser wasn't going to bring it up. Not before the game, not during the game.

So it only made sense that Grace Delurey, his strong-willed senior forward, broke the ice for everybody as time wound down on the Panthers' game with Tamarac on Friday.

"Two minutes until 200, Tom," Delurey shouted from the edge of the penalty area.

Sure enough, those 120 seconds expired uneventfully, cementing a 6-1 Panthers' win, their ninth in a row and 200th in 12 years with Husser at the helm.

Shrugging off a 1-1 deadlock before halftime, Hoosick Falls (13-1 overall, 12-0 league) got hat tricks from Delurey -- her team-best fifth of the year -- and freshman Jordyn Haynes -- her fourth -- to give their coach a stylish milestone victory.

"We wanted to make it special for Tom because he does a lot for us," Delurey said.

For his part, Husser, who has gone 200-38-9 since taking over Hoosick Falls' program in 2001, was nonchalant about reaching the milestone.

"It means I've coached a lot of good players," he said. "I've been lucky."

An inch-perfect through-ball from Alyssa Houghton set up Haynes for the Panthers' opener midway through the first half. But Halle King equalized for the Bengals (6-5-1, 6-4-1) two minutes later when her cross from the right flank rode a gust of wind into the left side of the goal.

Delurey got Hoosick back in front seven minutes shy of halftime with a near-post finish to beat the on-rushing Bengals' goalkeeper.

It was a sign of things to come for the Panthers, who outshot the Bengals 29-6.

"The difference was, in the second half, they just started executing better," Tamarac coach Bill Wood said. "Instead of them coming down and being too anxious with their shots, they were more under control and that set the whole tone."

Haynes scored goals less than 30 seconds apart to push the lead to 4-1 with 35:14 left in regulation. Delurey iced the win with two more tallies in the final 10 minutes.

"I think we just wore them down. Our girls are so fast on the outside and we started to do a better job of changing the field on them," Husser said. "The first half, we were pretty direct down the middle, and they were packing six, seven girls in the box there."

After making one acrobatic stop early in the second half, Panther goalkeeper Hannah Fricke (three saves) was not tested again.

"I thought our backs were pretty good, but even the goal we gave up was wind-aided," Husser said. "And Tamarac's a good team."

Currently ranked No. 2 in New York Class C, Hoosick Falls wraps up its season next week with games against Stillwater and Schuylerville.