The Crusaders finally got their girls varsity soccer season started Thursday afternoon, Sept. 5, after having to cancel their opening road game against Cornwall because of the unexpected school closing.
The Crusaders came roaring out against the Bushmen of Pine Bush and took over the game from the start.They controlled the ball in the Bushmen’s defensive zone.Ten minutes into the game Emily Harwood hit Liz Allen with a perfect pass and she scored to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.
Marissa Key then fed Josephine Scorce in the slot and she found the back of the net through traffic to put the Crusaders up 2-0.
And then, during the next 10 minutes, the Crusaders showed why they are one of the dominant soccer programs in Section 9 as they scored four more goals.
Allen scored again followed by Alexis Deleo, Kaelyn Salatto and Anna Maggi. With about 10 minuets left in the half, Head Coach Bill Mpasiakos had to slow the Crusaders down as he began to get all of his players involved in the game.
Just before the half Julia Tycott scored to make the Crusaders lead 7-0 at the half.
Late in the second half Allen completed her hat trick when she scored off a corner kick and the Crusaders cursed to 8-0 opening day victory over the Bushmen.
Last weekend, the Crusaders traveled to Schenectady to take part in the Girls Hall of Fame Soccer Tournament. Monroe-Woodbury lost 3-1 to seven-time state champion Massapequa High School on Saturday. But the team bounced back on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Eastport Manor.
- William Dimmit