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Troy Athens falls to Utica Ford in district final in a pair of quick strikes WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Senior captain Cecilia Steinwascher (10) and the rest of the Falcons rush from midfield to receive the Division 1 district trophy after posting a 2-1 win over Troy Athens on Saturday evening. (Photo by Bill Roose)
  • Ford's junior Hailey Salmo (3) plays the ball during second-half action Saturday night. (Photo by Bill Roose)
  • Ford's Nicole Fiantaco (22) and Athens' Hayley Rauser (19) race for the near midfield in the second half. Rauser scored the Red Hawks' only goal in Saturday's district championship. (Photo by Bill Roose)

Speagle, Steinwascher score 1:29 apart as Athens falls to Ford.

TROY >> A pair of first-half goals a minute and a half apart was all the offense Ford needed to win its first girls soccer district championship since 2015.

Seniors Salena Speagle and Cecilia Steinwascher scored goals 1:29 apart to help lift the Falcons to a 2-1 win over Troy Athens.

How important were those two first-half tallies?

“Apparently very important when (Athens) scored late in the game,” Ford coach Teri Steinwascher said. “They were definitely huge.”

Ford had the momentum throughout most of the second half as well but failed to get a third goal that could have potentially iced the game earlier. Though Ford had most of the momentum, both teams played a very physical style throughout.

But then senior midfielder Hayley Rauser scored on a pass from senior forward Lindsey Boots to trim the Falcons’ lead in half. The Red Hawks (13-6-3) nearly scored the equalizer but Alli Leonard’s long-range shot hit the crossbar.

“That’s alright, we persevered through it,” Steinwascher said. “The girls played well through it.”

Athens coach Todd Heugh though Ford’s experience was a determining factor in the outcome of Saturday’s game.

“I think their savviness off the ball got us,” he said. “But it’s a game of chances and what you do. We hit the crossbar and we get a corner early and the ball goes wide and they come right back down the field and score two.”

The Falcons (14-1-4) will play Troy in a Division 1 regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Utica.

Last Updated: 6/4/2017 9:57:26 PM EST


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