Second half scores lead Panthers

HOOSICK, N.Y. — It took the Hoosick Falls girls soccer team a bit to get going, a little more than a half, on Monday against Emma Willard.

In the second half, the Panthers scored a pair of goals and then held on through a late charge to pick up a 2-1 Wasaren League victory at the Helft Complex.

"We're not doing a good job putting the ball in the net, we're high and wide, sometimes we don't get a shot in the 18-[yard-box]," said Hoosick Falls coach Tom Husser. "We are getting better and better, though."

After the break, the Panthers started to dominate play, but was unable to finish in the net until the 55th minute, when Darian Morgan got free from a defender and slotted left-footed past the Emma Willard keeper.

"That first goal went right to the back post," Husser said. "Good things happen when you run onto the ball."

Throughout the game, Hoosick's Angela Gonzalez kept putting in accurate corner kicks, but the Panthers weren't able to find the mark. At the end of the first half, for example, the Panthers had three successive corners and couldn't find the back of the net on any of them.

But in the 69th minute, Taylor Mann got her head on one of Gonzalez's volleys, knocking it calmly in to double the lead.

"I try to get to the ball as fast I can, I throw my body at it, and sometimes I get lucky, sometimes I don't," Mann said. "I got lucky this time and I was able to finish."

Husser gave a lot of credit to his defense on the victory as well, especially up the middle.

"I thought Syd Eggsware had her best game of the season on defense and [Skyelyn] Haynes is a workhorse, creating havoc in the middle of the field," Husser said.

Emma Willard broke the shutout with under three minutes to play when Caraline Lecoz got the ball past Hoosick keeper Madeline Yeung. But the Panthers controlled after that to score the win.

Yeung only had to make two saves, while her counterpart made 10 stops.

"We've been giving up a lot more shots and goals, but we've been trying to not allow a lot of shots," Mann said. "We have things we need to work on, but we're really improving, this game proved that we can win and be a good team."


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