FREDONIA – For Dale MacArthur, it boiled down to a few correctable mistakes:
A missed mission on a corner and an error that led to an own goal.
It was the difference between the league’s first-place teams – and the last two unbeaten – on Monday night.
Sophia Gullo scored a corner from Ella Koopman just 1.5 hours into the game and Annie Gondek was credited with scoring the goal against her AL side in the second half as Fredonia knocked out the Gators 2-0 in a crucial clash of CCAA West.
Fredonia, who rose to 5-0 on aggregate and 3-0 in the league – with two-goal wins against strong Olean and AL teams – now appears to be the team to beat in the West Division. The Gators, however, lost only half a game behind, at 3-3 (3-1). Both have two more wins than third-place Falconer / Cassadaga Valley (1-1-1; Olean’s scheduled home game with Jamestown has been postponed until today).
Kinnan Finnegan made nine saves on nine shots as MacArthur’s side were shut out for the first time this year. Kelsie Riordan turned back 10 shots for the Gators.
“They’ve got a lot of team speed, they’re pretty solid with the way they handle the ball all around,” MacArthur said of the Hillbillies. “They have some of those things that make you great no matter what.”
Among his team’s mistakes, he added: “We tried not to let the ball touch the ground on a corner; so they become dangerous, we can’t clear it, and that allowed entry. Then we made a girl make a commission error. But that’s better than a mistake of omission, because at least then you’re trying to do something. I can live with these kinds of mistakes. It’s better than the omission, where you don’t do anything at all.
“We’re going to learn from that, and it’s kind of like ‘moving on to the next game’.” “
Portville 3, Ellicottville 2
ELLICOTTVILLE – In a battle for early control of the division, with potential standings implications down the line, Portville got the better of Ellicottville.
Teagan Kosinski scored two second-half goals – one a go-ahead and the other an insurance tally – to lift the Panthers. Meghan Lyle gave Portville a 1-0 lead before Mandy Hurlburt tied it to make it 1-1 at halftime. Kosinski then gave the PCS a two-goal advantage, and Hurlburt again responded to cut the deficit, but the Eagles (3-4) couldn’t come close.
Mackenzie Harmon made three saves for Portville (7-1) while Abby Chudy stopped eight shots for Ellicottville.
Commenting on the showdown, perhaps between the top two teams in the division, Ellicottville coach Tammy Eddy said: “It was a great game between two very good teams. Portville is a great team. We had a handful of missed chances – a 1 on 1 with the keeper, just our daughter and no keeper. It could have gone both ways. We can’t wait to see them again (October 6) and hopefully turn the tide.
Randolph 6, Franklinville 0
RANDOLPH – Kyra Pence had a hat trick and two assists and Mattie Evans-Bowen had two goals and an assist to propel Randolph.
Aubrey Hogan also scored while Samantha English and Alice Robinson each added assists for the Cardinals (3-4-1). Kendell O’Neill needed a save to keep the shutout. Franklinville fell to 2-5.
Friendship / Scio 3, Hammondsport 2
FRIENDSHIP – Lexi Crossley scored the game-winning goal on an unassisted goal after seven minutes of extra time to lift Friendship / Scio.
Hannah Hoerter scored two first-half goals for Hammondsport. Logan Roberts reduced that deficit with a goal in the first half before finding the equalizer on a pass from Claire Calhoun at the start of the second stanza.
Nevaeh Ross made six saves for the Eagles (2-6).