TROY, N.Y. -- For the Hoosick Falls Central School girls soccer team, the Voorheesville defense gave the Panthers a different look during Monday’s Section II, Class B semifinal.
Pushing up the back line, the Blackbirds tried to negate the Panthers’ superior speed by forcing offside calls.
It didn’t take long to realize that tactic wouldn’t work.
Sophomore winger Jordyn Haynes had a hat trick and combined with senior midfielder Mackenzie Hinchliffe for five goals and three assists in Hoosick Falls’ 7-1 rout at Lansingburgh High School.
"They were pushing up, trying to catch us behind them when the ball [was] played," said Hoosick Falls coach Tom Husser. "We made them pay a couple of times. When Jordyn gets in behind [the defense], she’ll finish, it’s a rarity that she doesn’t."
Haynes started the scoring in the first five minutes, taking a sweet one-touch pass from Rachel Pine around the defense and deposited it into the far corner.
Ten minutes later, the Panthers used their speed again, with Hinchliffe putting a through ball between two Voorheesville defenders to Haynes who did not miss into the near post.
"[Husser] said they are trying to get us offside," Hinchliffe said. "He said he doesn’t care if we’re offside three times as long as we score off of [at least] one. We definitely did that a couple of times."
Dominating the run of play throughout the first half, Hoosick Falls scored its third goal of the day with 21 minutes left in the first half off a corner. Hinchliffe played a perfect ball into the box, where Pine jumped at the exact right time and flicked it into the net.
"Hinch to Pine on the set pieces was impressive," Husser said. "I’d have to go through to see how many she has [this season]. They are not little lollipops, [the ball’s] there before the goalie knows it."
Hinchliffe scored a goal of her own on a nice cross from Haynes with 10 minutes remaining in the first half to add even more insurance and put the Panthers up four goals.
"They lived and died with that trap and Hinch and Jordyn ate it alive," Husser said.
The Panthers came out flat in the second half and Voorheesville took advantage, with Chelsea Duncan breaking the shutout. But all the score did was wake up Hoosick Falls, as Hinchliffe scored again on a free kick that she curled into the top corner of the net and Haynes scored her third 25 seconds later to make it 6-1.
"I can’t play well without my teammates and our defense has been stepping up a lot lately," Hinchliffe said. "They played [the ball] into [Rachel and I], we played really well tonight, which opened up the middle for Jordyn."
Freshman Ashley Foster added her first career varsity goal to finish the scoring.
"On Mac’s free kick, I thought it was right at the goalie," Husser said. "But the wind was going that way, there was a little hook to it and it got into the jetstream."
On the defensive side, Hannah Fricke made seven saves -- more than one a dive to the left, right or even up to save a shot.
It all added up to a Class B final appearance on Thursday against the No. 2 seed, Greenville, 2-1 winners over Albany Academy in the other B semifinal.
"I didn’t expect it moving up to a B this year, I thought it could be a rebuilding year," Fricke said. "To win a game 7-1 in a semifinal is really good."
"We’re confident and definitely excited to go into the finals," Hinchliffe said.