By Jay Young
FALCONER - The sixth-seeded Falconer girls soccer team (15-1-1) moved into the third round of the Section 6 Class B-2 playoffs after beating No. 11 Depew (6-9-2), 6-0, on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
Falconer’s Emma Steele heads the ball while defended by Depew’s Sarah Steiner. At left, is Falconer’s Andrea Volk (5). See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jay Young
Goaltender Macey Mays recorded her 10th shutout of the year, stopping all four shots she faced.
"The weather really wasn't a big deal for us," said Lady Golden Falcons Coach Kersten Hardy. "We've dealt with it all year."
The Falconer offense got off to a hot start despite tough field conditions as Rhea Moore put a ball off the crossbar in the fourth minute of the game. The Lady Falcons first goal came moments later when senior Jessie Caprino struck a rebound into the net, assisted by Randi Greene.
Greene notched the next goal on a pass from Andrea Volk with 30 minutes to play in the opening period.
"We knew coming in that it would be tough game," noted Depew coach Larry Jones. ''They have a lot of quickness up front, so our keeper was seeing a lot of shots."
Mays nearly gave up a goal in the following minutes when she bobbled a catch near the net, but was able to recover.
The Lady Wildcats had their next scoring opportunity when a corner was taken by Breanna Stapleton, but was cleared buy the Falconer defense.
The Lady Golden Falcons had another chance on an outside shot from Amber Micek that was just over the crossbar and another struck by Emma Steele. Striker Ashley Rackley was close to putting Depew on the board when Mays had trouble with another ball at the 18th minute.
Finally, with 10 minutes to play Volk ripped a shot that was cautiously handled by keeper Claudia Reinacher. The Lady Golden Falcons capitalized on their final chance of the period when Steele scored on a shot from beyond the 18 to make it 3-0.
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The Lady Wildcats came out fired up in the second half despite their deficit and nearly converted on an early chance. During the next transition, Volk took the ball down the field with a step-over dribble for a shot that was saved by Reinacher.
Early in the second half Falconer fell victim to the first of three injuries when Greene went down hard for a contested ball in the Depew box.
The lead stretched to 4-0 with 32 minutes to play when Micek received a pass from Steele that was banged home. The fifth goal was put away by Kelly Keefe on a corner that was taken by Micek.
Depew mustered several opportunities to score in the closing minutes of the game on shots by Mia Sugg and Caitlin Augustyn, but the Falconer defense cleared both rebounds.
Before the Lady Golden Falcons scored their final goal, they lost Steele to a leg cramp, but she would return to the game. Volk was also injured in the final minutes of the game after her final goal. She was helped off the field after colliding with a Depew defender and did not return.
"There are a few things we can work on moving foreword," admitted Hardy. ''Our passing will be more important in the coming games."
Reinacher made 13 saves in net for the Lady Wildcats before being replaced by Allison Torsey, who had two.
The Lady Golden Falcons will now travel to No. 3 Tonawanda (13-4-0) at a time to be determined. Tonawanda advanced following a 4-2 victory over No. 14 Southwestern.