Relentless pursuit fuels Panthers in win

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HOOSICK, N.Y. — With relentless pursuit and aggressive play offensively, the Hoosick Falls girls soccer team put together a solid 4-2 victory over Hoosic Valley on Monday afternoon.

The Panthers wasted no time going offensively to begin the game, catching a bit of luck when Taylor Mann's shot bounced off a Hoosic Valley defender and into the net to give Hoosick Falls the early lead, less than five minutes into the contest.

Hoosick Falls continued to attack the box, but couldn't get a shot past Hoosic Valley goalkeeper Lauren Paul and missed wide on a few scoring opportunities.

That opened up the door for Hoosic Valley to get back in it , which they did off a goal from Samantha Dickinson to tie the game at 1-1.

The game however didn't stay even for long, as Hoosick Falls got the lead back in moments, thanks to Darian Morgan.

After receiving a pass from Mann deep in the Indians' box, Morgan made a move on her defender and trickled a shot past Paul into the net to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.

"Taylor and I are really relentless up top and that helps us create scoring chances for the team," Morgan said.

The Panthers again though couldn't hold on to their one-goal lead as just moments later Dickinson once again tied the game up.

Still tied at 2-2 with just over 13 minutes to go until halftime, Mann got the lead back for the Panthers, blasting in her second goal of the half to make it 3-2.

"I think my speed and my aggressive play today helped me score both my goals," Mann said. "As a team we were doing a great job pushing the ball up field and that's going to help open up scoring opportunities for us."

Hoosick Falls took 14 shots as team in the first half with eight of them being on net.

With the lead back in hand, the Panthers made sure this time not to give it away.

Morgan joined Mann with her second goal 15 minutes into the second half, cashing in on a her breakaway attempt to extend the lead.

"Taylor and Darian are just so relentless at the top for us. It's like they're energy bunnies," said Hoosick Falls coach Tom Husser. "Scoring right off the bat I think really got the two of them going and that got the team going offensively. All game we did a good job getting the ball into their box, we just have to a better job finding ways to score more goals on our scoring opportunities."

The Panthers offense finished with 25 shot on net.

In the middle of the field, junior Angela Gonzalez and sophomore Skyelyn Haynes did a good job keeping Hoosic Valley from advancing the ball passed midfield for most of the game.

With Gonzalez and Haynes help, the Panthers continued to control the ball the rest of way and keep the Indians offense at bay to improve to 5-4-1 on the season.

Senior goalkeeper Sydney Miller racked up three saves in the win for Hoosick Falls.

"This was a much need victory for us," Husser said. "We went through a tough stretch their last week with playing some tough teams and having to deal with some injuries up and down on our team, so we needed get this win. I think this will really up our team moving forward into the final stretch of the season."


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