By Rob Tetro
The Phoenix girls varsity soccer team has had a rough go of it this season, losing its last seven games.
County foe Altmar-Parish-Williamstown came away with a solid win over the Lady Firebirds Sept. 23. A-P-W got off to a quick start jumping out to a 3-0 lead during the first half and then they didn’t let up in the second half when they added 3 more goals for a 6-0 win.
Leading the way for Phoenix was goalkeeper Brianna Squier, who saved 11 out of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown’s 17 shots on goal.
Phoenix fell to Jordan-Elbridge 3-0 Sept. 24. Things didn’t get any easier when the Lady Firebirds took on Cazenovia Oct. 1.
Cazenovia wasted little time putting the game out of reach. They built a 6-0 lead during the first half and then added 4 more goals down the stretch en route to a 10-0 win over Phoenix. The Lady Firebirds were led by goalkeeper Squier, who saved 10 out of Cazenovia’s 20 shots on goal.
Phoenix came up short when they took on Bishop Ludden Oct. 4. After a competitive first half, Bishop Ludden had a lead of only 1-0 over the Lady Firebirds.
But Phoenix was unable to tie the game during the second half and Ludden added another goal for a 2-0 win. Leading the way for Phoenix was goalkeeper Squier, who saved 22 out of Bishop Ludden’s 24 shots on goal.
Marcellus rolled past The Lady Firebirds Oct. 9 by a score of 13-0. Marcellus got off to an impressive start, building an 11-0 lead during the first half.
Phoenix was unable to answer during the second half and Marcellus added 2 more goals down the stretch. Phoenix was led by goalkeepers Squier and Osabella Garofalo, who combined to save 9 out of Marcellus’ 22 shots on goal.
Westhill topped The Lady Firebirds Oct. 10 by a score of 4-0. Westhill built a 2-0 lead during the first half and then maintained its consistency during the second half, adding 2 more goals down the stretch to cap off the win. Leading the way for Phoenix was goalkeeper Squier, who saved 22 out of Westhill’s 26 shots on goal.
The Lady Firebirds capped off the 7 game stretch with a loss to Solvay Oct. 12. Solvay got off a solid start with a 5-0 lead during the first half.
Phoenix showed signs of life during the second half, with Solvay outscoring the Lady Firebirds by only a goal down the stretch to wrap up a 7-1 win.
Phoenix was led by Emilie Hilliard., who scored a goal against Solvay and goalkeeper Squier who saved 6 out of Solva