Sauquoit – Nicole Failing’s scoring and All-State senior Maria Morotti’s play in the midfield set the tone in most girls soccer matches this year for Little Falls. They did again to start Wednesday night’s Class C semifinal as Failing scored in the fifth minute and Morotti’s goal in the 38th minute made it 2-0 at the half.
There was no denying the Mounties the rest of the night as they went on to win 4-0, but there was also no denying LF is more than a two-girl team. Kailee Jasewicz figured into every goal’s scoring somehow, the defense denied Dolgeville’s All-State forward Sarah George many chances and everyone else seemed to contribute on a cold night.
“That’s what makes it great,” LF coach Sal Marchese said.”
Marchese’s team will seek a second sectional crown in three years as a result.
“These girls are on a mission,” Marchese said. “They’re glad for the win, but they want next one.”
Failing, a skilled and speedy sophomore, had a direct kick cleared in the first minute. There was no clearing her shot that gave state-ranked LF a 1-0 edge. She and Kailee Jasewicz worked the ball up the middle of the field, just getting past their defenders with great passes. Failing had a well-placed shot past Blue Devils goalie Bobbie Lee Hall. Alexis Smith had a good chance for the Blue Devils in the 14th minute only to see LF goalie Kylie Miles make a save.
Morotti, Jasewicz and Failing kept the pressure up the rest of the half until Morotti broke through with a goal with 1:08 until halftime. Jasewicz set her up perfectly and the senior hit a hard shot Hall had no chance on.
The Mounties finished the half with a 9-3 edge in shots on goal.
Jasewicz scored off a pass from Failing less than six minutes into the second half to all but end Dolgeville’s hope of a miracle comeback. The junior then scored on a breakaway in the 70th minute that Kharla Gullis assisted on.
“It’s always tough to beat a team three times in a year,” Marchese said of the league and neighboring rival his team beat convincingly twice earlier in this 2016 season. “
The key to beating Dolgeville often revolves around containing All-State senior Sarah George. George helped key an upset win against Sauquoit Valley in last week’s Class C quarterfinals. Wednesday night she was able to get away from defenders for just one shot. LF controlled possession to the tune of a 14-3 edge in shots and 8-1 edge in corner kicks. Hall made 10 saves while Mikles had three for the winners.
Coaches Kat Bilinski and Mark Lewandowski’s Blue Devils should be heard from next year, though, as they had just seven seniors.
Dolgeville: Saves – Bobbie Lee Hall 10.
Little Falls: Nicole Failing 1-1, Kailee Jasewicz 2-2, Maria Morotti 1-0. Saves – Kylie Miles 3.