Nation’s #3 Ranked Women’s Soccer Team Rolls to Region III Win

Posted on Oct 4 2017 - 11:39pm by Daniel Baldwin

UTICA: Freshmen Maddie Renshaw and Adrianna Sposato each scored a game-high two goals in the Herkimer Generals 6-1 victory over the MVCC Hawks.


The Generals, ranked 3rd nationally,  took an early 1-0 lead in the first half when freshman Sarah George scored the first unassisted goal of the game.


MVCC freshman Jordan Batson recorded her third goal of the season to tie the game 1-1, but the Generals took a 3-1 lead heading into halftime thanks to Renshaw’s two goals.  Renshaw’s first goal was assisted by freshman Alexis Romeyn and her second was assisted by George.


Herkimer’s Alexis Hufnagel (8) get’s tangled up with MVCC’s Bri Wilson (3) as the two scrap over a loose ball. (Photo By – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging)


Herkimer tacked on three more goals in the second half.  Sophomore Mikayla Blumenstock scored her first goal of the game five minutes into the second half. Sposato scored the Generals’ final two goals.  Both of them were unassisted.


Generals’ goalie Rachel Todd got seven saves today, while the Hawk’s goalie Ondraya Kunai made five.


Herkimer improves to 11-1 after the victory, while the Hawks drop to 4-7.


“We’ve been playing really well,” Generals head coach Jason Palkovic said.  “I got several girls that are on top of the region in goals, assists, and points.  Overall it’s a really good team effort.  Hannah Taylor played really well, along with Rachel (Todd).  Maddie Renshaw had a really nice game along with Hailey Couchman.  Sarah George and Mikayla Blumenstock are a handful for anybody.  We’re getting there.  It’s just building and getting ready for the playoffs.”


Despite beating the Hawks by five goals, the Generals’ head coach said that today’s game was indeed a tough one.


MVCC’s Victoria Wyman (7) (Whitesboro, NY) gets a leg up on Herkimer’s Mallory Baldwin (20) during second half action. (Photo By – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging)


“This (MVCC’s soccer field) is always a tough place to come play,” Palkovic said.  “They (MVCC soccer team) played us really tough in the first half, and we came out a little sluggish.”


Palkovic also said that his team needs to improve defensively if the Generals ever want to stand out in the NJCAA Division.


“Defensively we just need to be a little better,” he said. “We didn’t put as much pressure on as I would have liked today, but we’ll work on that, and we’ll look to improve the next game.”


The Generals will return home this Saturday to take on Genesee Community College at 1 p.m.  The MVCC Hawks, on the other hand, will be on the road this Saturday to faceoff against Jefferson Community College at 1 p.m.