HOOSICK, N.Y. -- After losing to Schuylerville for the second time this season earlier this week, the Hoosick Falls Central School girls soccer team wanted to make sure it was ready to go from the opening whistle against Cambridge.
The Panthers scored three times in the first 16 minutes in a 7-1 rout over the Indians at Delurey Field on Friday afternoon.
"We came in and we knew we'd have to possess the ball and pass it around for good opportunities," said goalie Hannah Fricke. "We needed to score early and often and we accomplished that."
Jordan Haynes opened the scoring in the 10th minute, getting one-on-one against the Cambridge goalie and tapping the ball into the net. Three minutes later, Rachel Pine added a score off an assist from Mackenzie Hinchcliffe, Pine's 16th of the year.
"It deflates them, pumps us up and helps us relax to score a couple goals early," Fricke said.
At the 25:22 mark, Haynes scored again, her 14th of the year to make it 3-0.
"It's nice to see the fast start," said Hoosick Falls coach Tom Husser. "We came right out, moved the ball nice. The goals in the first half were gorgeous."
Cambridge had a couple of chances, but Fricke kept the Indians out of the net. Then with 10 minutes left in the first half, Hinchliffe scored her 8th goal of the year off a nice feed from Casie Mann for a 4-0 lead.
"Hoosick Falls is a terrific side, but we had some opportunities," said Cambridge coach Rich Sweeney. "It's nice that we got in for a few chances."
In the second half, Husser subbed and moved players around and got three more goals -- one from Kolumbia Cook, Mann and Fricke -- the last who came out of net to blast a direct kick into the upper 90.
"Even in the second half, we had the luxury of subbing and the level didn't go down. That's the sign of a good team," Husser said.
Cambridge scored halfway through the second half when Stephanie Saddlemire broke up the shutout bid.
"They don't quit," Sweeney said. "We've taken some lumps, but they're a resilent group."
Hoosick Falls faces Stillwater and Hoosic Valley before heading into sectionals next week.