GUILDERLAND – The winds of change were a positive for the Guilderland girls’ soccer team in a 3-0 shutout of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake on Saturday afternoon.
Junior forward Jenna Meier struck the back of the net on two separate occasions, including the opening tally from 30 yards out six minutes into the first half.
“It was really great,” Meier said. “I didn’t expect it; you have to take chances.”
She wasn’t done, sending another wind-aided strike from even further out 25 minutes into the same half, watching as it just missed the outstretched fingertips of Spartan goalie Hannah Ashcraft.
“She’s just a tremendous scorer, and she’s been held back a little bit, so far,” Guilderland coach Curtis Snyder said. “We’ve been trying to impress on all our forwards to shoot the ball, and if it’s not a great shot maybe we’ll get a rebound.”
Meier was unleashed Saturday afternoon.
“She did a great job finding opportunities today and putting them in the back of the net and had an assist,” Snyder said. “She really completed our offense for us today.”
Gabi Klindtworth tallied the third goal for Guilderland (3-1-1), courtesy of an assist from Meier.
Guilderland senior goalkeeper Molly DiCaprio delivered 13 saves. She was pressured throughout the second half by the Spartans, but held them at bay.
“Today, I thought was the first time in the four, five games that we played for 80 minutes,” Snyder said. “We’ve played the past couple teams really well for 20 minutes, 15 minutes here and there, but we concentrated on it in practice last week that we really need to put in the effort the whole time.”
Guilderland delivered the first loss of the season for Burnt Hills (3-1).
“It’s really good because we lost last year against them, so we weren’t really expecting to win,” Meier said. “We were going in, kind of nervous, but we all really worked together; all of our passes connected.
“We had a positive attitude the whole game, we were all just working together and being excited to play.”
While Guilderland controlled most of the play in the first half, a frustrated Burnt Hills offense pressured DiCaprio throughout the second half but was unable to break through.
“This wasn’t us, that’s not our team,” Spartan senior captain Lauren DeWeese said. “I think we’re a lot stronger than, this and it just wasn’t our day.”
Halftime score: Guilderland 2, Burnt Hills 0. Guilderland scoring: Jenna Meier 2-1, Gabi Klindtworth 1-0, Riley Grimm 0-1. Burnt Hills: none. Goalies: Guilderland, Molly DiCaprio 13 saves. Burnt Hills, Hannah Ashcraft 8 saves.
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