June 26, 2016

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Girls soccer: Everyone gets into act during Bucks’ easy victory

Ho Hoffman | The Gazette

YORK TWP. — The Buckeye and Black River girls soccer teams’ Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division match followed the form sheet to perfection, as the Bucks took the Saturday morning battle 8-0.

With Buckeye (11-1-1, 7-0-1) entering the game undefeated in PAC play and the Pirates (0-10, 0-7) looking for their first win overall, the odds-makers had no problem in picking the winner.

Buckeye goalkeeper Stacy Hannah brings the ball upfield while defended by Black River’s Brianna Brookshire. Below, the Bucks’ Corrinne Phillips plays the ball between Pirates goalkeeper Erin Heilman and Elizabeth Rowe. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

The Bucks fired 62 shots, with 40 on goal. In addition, they took 12 corner kicks and did not allow Black River to attempt a shot or corner kick.

“We actually played hard today and didn’t take Black River lightly,” said Shannon Peicu, who scored the opening goal. “We still had to pass the ball and work to get the shot off. It wasn’t like they (Pirates) didn’t make us work for our shots.”

It was also a balanced effort, as 14 Bucks had at least one shot on goal. Sophie Barnes (9 shots) and Peicu (5) led that charge. Ten players also registered points, with Norah Barnes (two goals, assist) and Kayla Glancy (goal, assist) notching three apiece.

Goal scorers in addition to Peicu, Barnes and Glancy were Heather Thomas (penalty kick), Sophie Barnes, Lexie Thomas and Michaela Yurik. Assists were recorded by Sarah Turner, Corrine Philips and Hannah Butcher.

“You can’t tell the girls not to score or try to score,” Buckeye coach Bud Roberts said. “I just eliminated them from getting breakaway goals by telling them I wanted to make three passes before taking a shot.”

Two players who stood out for Black River were goalie Erin Heilman and defender Autumn Lampshire. Without the effort of Heilman, who made numerous great saves, the score could have easily been in the high teens. Lampshire did a good job in marking her opponent and forcing the ball deep to the outside or resulting in a takeaway.

“When you see the score and shots against you may not think we had any positives,” Black River coach Andrew Bertram said. “We are very inexperienced (8 freshmen and sophomores and 2 seniors), so I could see some very good efforts from players. Not all the time, but enough that showed they are starting to learn how to play the game and that is the way you gain experience.”

Contact Ho Hoffman at sports@medina-gazette.com.