Deposit 3, Oxford 0
DEPOSIT – Oxford seldom threatened on offense, and if not for a stingy defense, may have suffered a blowout loss in its season opener Thursday.
“Hats off to our defense, the score could have been a lot worse,” said Oxford coach Melissa Chrystie. “It was shot after shot (by Deposit), but our defense never gave up.”
Melissa Martin had Deposit’s lone goal of the first half scoring with five minutes left in the first half. Chelsea Russell scored the the Lumberjacks’ first goal in the second half to create breathing room.
Deposit finished with 23 shots, and while Oxford had the ball in its opponent’s defensive zone, it never put a shot on goal. “We’re looking for anyone to step up on offense and pave the way for other players,” Chrystie said. “We need to go back to the drawing board.”
Oxford hosts Walton Tuesday.
(1-0 at half)
Goals-assists: (D) Melissa Martin, 1-0, Kelsey Russell, 1-1; M. Blanda, 1-1; T. Raymond, 0-1.
Shots-corners: (D) 23-15, (O) 0-2.
Saves: (D) 0, (O) Alyshia Crawford, 17.
Walton 4, Unadilla Valley 2
NEW BERLIN – Devon Kaminsky scored the go-ahead goal with 2:30 left in the second half, and she tacked on an insurance goal with 1:02 left giving Walton a hard-fought win over Unadilla Valley Thursday.
UV, down 2-0 in the first half, tied the game with 15:45 remaining in the game when Krystyn Gould connected with the back of the net after receiving a crossing pass from Emily Hutchinson. UV cut Sidney’s two-goal lead in half at 19:37 of the first half when Gould fed Amanda Tumilowicz.
“I thought it was a great effort for us to come back from two goals down,” said UV coach Chris Bieniek. “We have a brand-new defense, and Carly Lorence really stepped up and held the defense together. We had a little breakdown at the end, but I think overall, as a young team, we will get better every game.”