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2017-09-13 / Sports

DA Girls Hold on for Mayor’s Cup Soccer Title

By Rosie Cunningham


Delaware Academy’s Olivia Wakin dribbles around SK’s Azalyn Brunson during their game Saturday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Delaware Academy’s Olivia Wakin dribbles around SK’s Azalyn Brunson during their game Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Delaware Academy held on in a great game Saturday night to earn the school’s first Mayor’s Cup title on the girls’ side with a 3-2 victory.

Five minutes into soccer action, DA’s Logan Bruce fired a shot from the 18 and found the net in the lower left corner to put the Bulldogs on the board 1-0.

Just over 17 minutes left in the first half, Bruce scored again off of a chip from the right wing and the squad went into the half up 2-0.

The Rams took a few shots, but DA Kaitlynn Finch made some key stops to hold onto the lead.

With one minute into the second half, DA added another goal after Anna Post converted a corner kick from teammate Olivia Wakin into a goal to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 edge.

SK finally responded with a goal by Akyra Olson, who converted a cross.


Delaware Academy’s Logan Bruce shoots for one of her two goals as SK’s Alexis Campbell defends during their game Saturday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Delaware Academy’s Logan Bruce shoots for one of her two goals as SK’s Alexis Campbell defends during their game Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter With 20 minutes left, SK’s Anna Reinshagen fired the ball from the 18 and the ball bounced into the left side of the net over Finch’s outstretched hands. However, the Bulldogs held on for the 3-2 victory, which is their first according to head coach Matt Albright.

“My seniors, a few who have been with me for five years, savored this win,” said Albright. “Offensively, everyone was involved throughout the tournament. Logan Bruce led the way in goals with five and two assists. Anna Post had three goals and one assist. Adrionna Cecce, Meredith Mable and Lindsay Whitbeck each had one goal. Olivia Wakin had two assists and Carly Burczak and Lauren Rosa each had one assist. Defensively, I tell my girls it’s everyone’s job to defend. Throughout the tournament the core defenders did a fantastic job, only allowing two goals. Kaitlynn Finch did a great job as our keeper, Hunter Hitchcock played sweeper, Adrionna Cecce played left back, Kelly Rolfe and Morgan Ehrhard split time as right back, and Julia Burns played center back.”


Delaware Academy’s (from left) Logan Bruce, Anna Post, and Raegan Bracchy celebrate Post’s second half goal during DA’s 3-2 Stamford Mayor’s Cup championship win over South Kortright on Saturday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Delaware Academy’s (from left) Logan Bruce, Anna Post, and Raegan Bracchy celebrate Post’s second half goal during DA’s 3-2 Stamford Mayor’s Cup championship win over South Kortright on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Albright said playing in the championship game and winning was a team goal from the start of the season.

“SK is always a good team, and we like to play the tough teams. Last night’s game was a great game, we took a 2-0 lead at the half, and 40 seconds into the second half went up 3-0. However our elation was cut short as SK came and scored from the subsequent kickoff making it 3-1. That was a major momentum shift. We were on our heals for a bit, especially 18 minutes later when SK scored a second goal. From that moment on you could just feel both teams were in a race to score again - adrenaline was running high. Congratulations to the ladies. I couldn’t be prouder on how they all conducted themselves and played together.”


Delaware Academy’s girls soccer team poses after their Stamford Mayor’s Cup Championship win on Saturday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Delaware Academy’s girls soccer team poses after their Stamford Mayor’s Cup Championship win on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter South Kortright’s Emily Burgher, Anna Reinshagen, Azalyn Brunson and Emily Burns made the Mayor’s Cup All- Tournament team. DA’s Logan Bruce, Anna Post, Kaitlynn Finch, Julia Burns and Hunter Hitchock made the all-tournament team as well as Rachelle Soucia, Hannah Faulkner and Rhiaa Beers of Laurens, McKaylie Harrison and Zinnia Resse of Gilboa, Haylee Steenland of Stamford and Michaela Eppich of Jefferson.

Consolation Game:

The Laurens girls’ defeated Gilboa 6-0 in the Mayor’s Cup consolation game.

Emily Stanley and Hannah Faulkner each tallied a pair of goals, while Rachelle Soucia contributed one goal for the Leopards.

Consolation Game 2:

Leanne McAuliffe had two goals and one assist on Saturday, and Stamford defeated Margaretville 3-2 to win the championship of the consolation bracket of the Stamford Tournament.

Haley Steenland had a goal for Stamford, and teammate Nicole Bryant had an assist.

Olivia Cordero and Denali Finkle each scored a goal for Margaretville, and Kansas Shamro had an assist in the loss.

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