Hornell edges Way-Co, 2-1
Lady Raiders score road win over Wayland-Cohocton
COHOCTON — Hornell grabbed their first road win of the season with a chilly 2-1 final on the road over Wayland-Cohocton in Cohocton on Friday evening.
The Lady Red Raiders generated plenty of scoring chances on Friday evening, but came up against a tough Wayland-Cohocton defense that limited their ability to actually turn those chances into shots on goal.
“I think this week, the chance creation has been a lot better, but now we have to start taking them. We can’t create them and then do nothing with them, and tonight that was the case,” said HHS coach Mike Wilkinson. “If we can put that final piece of the puzzle together, then we will be dangerous. But until we do that, we will be in a lot of ballgames like this one.”
Hornell was in control early in the contest and capitalized on their time of possession in the just the 12th minute of play. The Red Raiders passed the ball quickly up the field with several different players getting in on the action. Jaden Sciotti pushed a pass up the field to Lilly Adams, who let the pass go through her legs to a wide-open Ireland Harrison. Harrison then moved it to the right side of the field where Ayla Prior was making a run. Prior then put a perfect cross behind the Way-Co defense, and Sophie Wilkins chased it down in the box and rifled a shot into the back of the net, giving HHS the early 1-0 lead.
Wayland-Cohocton quickly recovered and responded with a goal of their own just five minutes later. Hannah Fairbrother won a battle for possession right around midfield and then took off towards the net. She attempted to split a pair of defenders and was successful, but the ball rolled away from her just a bit. But luckily, Miranda Cartwright was ahead of everyone, and she grabbed the ball, took a pair of touches and then launched a high shot that flew over the outstretched arms of Hornell keeper and into the back of the net.
The teams continued to battle for the rest of the half, but it was Hornell that continually generated much of the pressure. That pressure culminated in a goal with just 2:31 left on the clock.
Sophie Wilkins grabbed possession of the ball about 20 yards above the box on the left side of the field. She lined up a kick and booted the ball deep into the box. Her initial kick was deflected, and it the trajectory went right towards Jane Spitulnik, who went up for the header with a Way-Co defender. Spitulnik missed, but her pressure caused the ball to bounce off of the defense and redirected into the back of the net, giving HHS the 2-1 lead with just over two minutes left in the half.
In the second half, both teams continued to battle, but no team was able to register one in the goal. Both teams generated some chances, but also generated some chemistry with 40 solid minutes of hard-fought soccer.
“The further we get into this, the more familiar they will become with each other. With the truncated preseason and very brief regular season this year, some things that normally happen in the middle of the season might have to happen a little later,” said Wilkinson. “But we will keep going to work every day and hopefully we can put it all together.”
In the final 10 minutes of play, Wayland-Cohocton generated some great chances to tie the game, but Juliet Marino turned them all away for Hornell, finishing the game with 11 saves as HHS secured the 2-1 road victory.
“Juliet is a solid goalkeeper, and I’m very glad that she plays with us and not against us,” said Wilkinson.
Hornell (2-1-1) now returns home for a Tuesday night battle against LeRoy at 6:30 p.m. Wayland-Cohocton (1-3) now prepares to host Letchworth on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.