Assistant Sports Editor
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Jordyn Haynes marked her return from injury to the Hoosick Falls Central School girls soccer team with two goals as the Panthers cruised by Stillwater 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon.
Playing at home, but in their away black uniforms, the Panthers dominated from the start, but it would take 15 minutes before the first breakthrough came.
With Mackenzine Hinchliffe charging down the right side, the senior midfielder laid a ball back into the path of Rachel Pine, and Pine made no mistakes as she chipped the ball into the back of the net to put the team up 1-0.
"The defense does a good job of playing the ball up to Rachel [Pine] and me," Hinchliffe said. "From there, we try to play the ball out to the wings."
For the rest of the first half, the Panthers continued to possess the ball in midfield and kept pushing for a second goal. Dana O'Malley would come close to setting up two goals for the Panthers, seeing one cross cleared out by the defense just as it got into the box, then another just missing the head of Rachel Lewsey who had positioned herself well at the back post.
But at halftime, the score remained 1-0.
The scoreline would not last long in the second half, however, as the Panthers put up three quick goals to put the game out of reach.
"We more of a second-half team," Haynes said. "The coach [Tom Husser] always gives us a nice talk and it pumps us up."
Hinchliffe and Haynes would combine to score the first goal in the second half.
With Hinchliffe moving the ball through the middle, she put a through ball between the Stillwater defense for Haynes to run on to. When Haynes got there, she gave the ball a flick to send it towards goal, and the ball just hopped over the reach of the goalie.
"[Hinchliffe] has the best technical skills on the ball and she sets everything up for us," Haynes said. "When I see [Hinchliffe] coming up, I get out of her way and try to make a run."
Less than a minute after the first goal, Haynes doubled her tally when she split the Stillwater defense to get in on goal before putting her shot off the inside of the left post.
"The girls were happy [Haynes] was back," Husser said. "They look for her out there, and she was psyched to play today."
Haynes admitted that she still needs to build up her stamina, but said that "I couldn't wait to play...I was a little out of breath at times but I was really excited to come back."
The Panthers would seal the win when O'Malley finished off a rebound on a shot from Hinchliffe.
At the back, the Panthers repelled most of the Warriors' chances with ease, as Hannah Fricke came up with a handful of saves while in front of her Alyssa Houghton and the rest of the back four were able to snuff out most Stillwater attacks.
"The defense did well today," Hinchliffe said. "And of course Hannah always plays well. We feel really safe with her back there."
The Panthers move to 6-1-0 on the year, and are 5-1-0 in the Wasaren League standings.