Southwestern girls soccer (7-9-1) rolled past the Charter School for Applied Technologies (1-15), 8-0, in their first postseason game on Monday.
Lead by a hat trick from captain Emily Wuebbolt, the 14th-seeded Lady Trojans had scoring from six different players in the Section B-2 prequarterfinal victory.
"We played a good first half," said coach Derek Houser, "but in the second we really put it all together."
Above, Emily Wuebbolt of Southwestern takes a shot during a Section 6 Class B-2 prequarterfinal girls soccer game against the Charter School for Applied Technology. Below, Taylor Dewey of the Lady Trojans takes control of the ball. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Mark L. Anderson
Seven minutes into the game, Southwestern put its first goal on the board when Wuebbolt connected on a feed from midfielder Cassie Butler.
After going down by a goal, the 19th-seeded Lady Eagles had a tough time breaking through the Lady Trojan's defense.
Southwestern went up by two on a goal from striker Nicole Cooper, with Kate Johnson recording the assist.
The Lady Trojans continued their offensive pressure throughout the first half with chances coming from Johnson and Wuebbolt. The final goal of the period came after Southwestern was awarded a penalty kick with minutes to play. Wuebbolt converted on the chance for her second goal of the evening, putting the ball past keeper Courtney Wichlacz.
After their dominant first half, the Lady Trojans continued to pour on the goals in the final period. CSAT coach Karen Fennell made a goaltending change for the Lady Eagles, substituting Rachele Anello for Wichlacz. Anello faced chances from Southwestern as soon as the opening whistle blew, the first coming on a cross by Taylor Dewey.
Moments later a strong shot came from Kristy Baggiano that was handled by Anello at the fifth minute.
The Lady Eagles recorded a good scoring opportunity early in the second half on a shot from Alyssa Abraham that was handled by keeper Britta Johnson.
Soon after the chance the Lady Trojans picked up the ball in transition and Ashley Carnes blasted a shot past Anello from 40 yards.
Deep shots defined the Southwestern offense during the second half, a strategy that Houser praised after the game.
"In the playoffs it can be really hard to score inside the 18," he noted, " there are just so many bodies, so it was great that we scored on those deep balls."
The Lady Eagles had another great scoring chance with 25 minutes to play on a shot from Sydnie Moxley, but a diving save from Johnson maintained the shutout.
The lead grew to 5-0 with 22 minutes to play when Wuebbolt notched her hat trick on a 40-yard rising shot that could not be reached by Anello.
In the following minutes, the otherwise flawless game from Southwestern was tainted by two injuries to starters.
The final chance of the game for the Lady Eagles came after Lindsey Hern took over in goal for Southwestern, but Kaylyn Ramos put a ball over the crossbar with five to play.
Southwestern added goal No. 7 on a lengthy 45-yard try by Jordan Romaniuk that dropped in off the crossbar with four minutes to play.
With less than a minute to go, Carlie Bernhardt added the final goal on an assist from Meghan Sipirek.
After the loss, Fennell acknowledged the difficulty of facing an unknown team.
''We really only had a few statistics to go on in preparing for this mathchup, it's going to be difficult playing a team you don't know much about," she said.
For the Charter School of Applied Technologies, Wichlacz recorded 11 saves with Anello stopping 11 balls also.
Johnson recorded two saves in net for the Lady Trojans while Hern had none.
Southwestern will now play at third-seeded Tonawanda (12-4) on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m in the quarterfinals.