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2017-09-13 / Sports

Warriors, SW Girls Advance in Flannery

By Tom Coddington


CHALLENGING — Walton defender Sophia Wagner comes up to challenge Franklin striker Zoe Warren during the second half of Thursday’s first-round game in Downsville’s Jane Flannery tournament. 
T.W. Coddington/The Reporter CHALLENGING — Walton defender Sophia Wagner comes up to challenge Franklin striker Zoe Warren during the second half of Thursday’s first-round game in Downsville’s Jane Flannery tournament. T.W. Coddington/The Reporter DOWNSVILLE — The Franklin girls’ soccer team had more chances for scoring in Thursday’s first round game in Downsville’s annual Jane Flannery tournament, but it was the Walton girls who won the game, 2-1.

All of the scoring came in the first half. The Purple Devils struck first, when Madelyn Ackley scored on an unassisted goal with just two minutes and 14 seconds into the game.

As the first half continued, the Warriors picked up on their defense, which denied the Devils the rest of the day. The offense also got more aggressive, winning more free balls, and midway through the half, Olivia Haven got one of those free balls and booted it in to tie the score.

With 5:38 left on the first half clock, the Walton girls struck again. Madison Graupman got the free ball and delivered it to a waiting Olivia Harby in front of the goal, who knocked it past Franklin goalkeeper Molly McLaughlin.


MOVING THE BALL — Lacey Cox of Franklin looks to move the ball as Walton defenders come her way during the second half of the first-round game in the Jane Flannery tournament in Downsville on Saturday. Cox, who is one of the better scorers in the area, was held without a goal by the Walton defense, and the Warriors prevailed, 2-1. 
T.W. Coddington/The Reporter MOVING THE BALL — Lacey Cox of Franklin looks to move the ball as Walton defenders come her way during the second half of the first-round game in the Jane Flannery tournament in Downsville on Saturday. Cox, who is one of the better scorers in the area, was held without a goal by the Walton defense, and the Warriors prevailed, 2-1. T.W. Coddington/The Reporter In the second half, the Devils received six corner kicks, but were not able to capitalize on any of them. The Warrior defense prevailed, and goalkeeper Shaelie Mc- Clenon made two excellent saves to keep the lead intact.

Franklin out-shot Walton, 13-5 and had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks, but the Warriors midfield play and ball control was the key to the game. McClenon was credited with three saves and McLaughlin with onel


BALL GOES LOOSE — Walton and Franklin players try to catch up to the ball during the second half of Thursday’s first-round game in the Jane Flannery tournament in Downsville. 
T.W. Coddington/The Reporter BALL GOES LOOSE — Walton and Franklin players try to catch up to the ball during the second half of Thursday’s first-round game in the Jane Flannery tournament in Downsville. T.W. Coddington/The Reporter The other game, with host Downsville/Roscoe facing Section IX Class C Sullivan West, saw all of the scoring in the first half. Madison Ackerly netted the two goals for the Eagles and the Bulldogs got tallies from Josephine Martinez and Tallula Gann.

After the scoreless second half, the two teams went into two overtimes, which also were scoreless, so the game had to be decided by penalty kicks. The first four SW players scored, as did the first three for D/R. Bulldog goalkeeper Isabel Nearing stopped the fourth Eagle shot, and D/R netminder Mara Marshall-LeRoy got a save on the fourth Bulldog shot, and then Nearing was successful again, ending the PK session at 4-3.

SW outshot the home forces, 18-13, and had a 10-3 corner kick edge. Marshall-LeRoy was credited for 12 saves and Nearing with 10.

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