Cambridge shuts out Emma Willard on Senior Night

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — To win a soccer game, a team must show focus and tenacity in every aspect of the game. Passes must be on point, the back end needs to communicate and, last but not least, you have to be able to put the ball in the back of the net.

The Cambridge girls soccer team checked off all three boxes on Wednesday when they took on Emma Willard, as they won 2-0 at Cambridge Central School.

The Indians were paced by a pair of goals, one in each half. The first goal was put in by senior Miranda Seacord midway through the first half and the second goal came early in the second half when senior midfielder Grace Snyder found the back of the net.

Seacord, in particular, has been a standout for Cambridge throughout the season. The goal in Wednesday's contest was her 21st of the season, which leads the Indians. The forward credits the success to how the team prepares and the depth of scoring around her.

"Hitting it into the corner and crossing it in helps us a lot," Seacord said. "Everyone really scores all around. We have a lot of people who can score."

Cambridge coach Joe Celeste was happy with the effort his team showed on both sides of the ball.

"We had a little trouble in the first 10 minutes, but at the end of fist 10 minutes, it was fantastic," Celeste said. "We just controlled the game from our defensive side all the way up to our attacking half."

Most of the game was played in the opposing zone for the Indians. It seemed as though every time Emma Willard got the ball, they struggled to capitalize and quickly give the ball back to Cambridge. When the Indians had the ball, they rarely gave it back.

"We work on making close passes, so we're about five, six or seven yards apart from each other," Celeste said. "My midfielders, especially, stay close and then they work out wide and the back into the middle. You expand the defense and then you find space in the middle of the field."

On the defensive side, Celeste stressed the importance of positioning and how that helped Cambridge find success Wednesday.

"We had one-time clearances that were all there and our positioning as well," Celeste. "It's really compliments to Vicky (Dupuis) because she's so well positioned in goal and we don't have to worry about much. Those long-running balls she comes up and clears or she picks up with her hands."

Wednesday marked the final time the seven Indians seniors will step on the field at home. The group — Dupuis, Bridey Nolan, Jamie VanDeWater, Helen Mooney, Hailey Herrington, Snyder and Seacord — received flowers from their classmates and had a moment with their loved ones before the game.

"There's like four of us that have been on varsity since ninth grade, so we know what to do and try to be leaders. We keep everybody together and keep everybody into the game," said Seacord about what herself and her fellow seniors look to bring to the team.

Celeste was at a loss for words when talking about this group.

"They mean a lot to this team. It's monumental," Celeste said. "I have seven seniors who can start and play a whole 80 minutes. I was lucky to work with these girls in my first year."

With the win, Cambridge improves to 11-4 on the season. The Indians will finish out their regular season slate on Friday when they take on Mechanicville.     

Reach sports writer Adam Aucoin at 802-447-7267, ext. 120 or @AAucoin_Banner.


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