CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> With the Washington County Fair going on this past week, the Cambridge girls soccer team hasn't really practice as a full squad yet.
It didn't seem like there were any problems with that on Monday in the Indians' season-opener as they topped Berlin, 9-0, in a non-league contest.
"Today was the second time I've seen my starting core of players, they haven't really practiced together yet," said coach Rich Sweeney. "The JV and varsity practice together and they've done a great job."
Junior Miranda Seacord started the year on a high note with four goals and an assist to lead the way.
"Miranda is a terrific athlete and we want to get the other side to flatten their defense and then play a ball over the top or through. If she can get behind the defense, no one is fast enough to catch her," Sweeney said.
Fellow junior Helen Mooney scored the first goal of the year off an assist from Grace Snyder, then Seacord tallied the first of her four goals. Seacord found Snyder to make it 3-0, then the two switched with about 10 minutes left in the first half, Snyder getting it to Seacord for a 4-0 lead.
"Even the other players want to know how Miranda is so much faster than last year," Sweeney said.
In the second half, Seacord scored with 24 minutes left off an assist from Lynn Brownell for her third score of the day and two minutes she tallied again, assisted one more time from Snyder for a 6-0 lead.
Freshman Taylor Stellmer made it 7-0 with her first varsity goal and then Snyder scored her second of the day.
"Taylor is really fast and can get up with Miranda," Sweeney said. "She's tenacious and scored a lot of goals in our scrimmages [last week]. But she's humble too, they were Cambridge goals, not Taylor's goals."
Mooney bookended the scoring with a goal with about five minutes remaining.
It was a good start for a team looking to advance even farther than the Class C semifinal they reached last season.
Victoria Dupuis played the entire game in goal and earned the victory.