to 3-1 win
ROTTERDAM — Down by a goal early in the first half, Schalmont senior Gianna Viscusi wasn’t going to give up without a fight against visiting crosstown rival Mohonasen Friday afternoon.
Viscusi scored the next three goals in the Sabres’ 3-1 win, pushing their perfect Colonial Council record to 8-0. After Mohonasen’s Catelyn Hodge opened Friday’s scoring with a goal early in the first half, Viscusi tied the contest late in the first half, tying the contest ahead of halftime.
“They scored early on, that drained us a little bit, but getting the goal put us right back into the game, reminded us that we could do it,” Viscusi said.
“It took them a little while to get settled in. We had glimpses in the first half and at the end we started to find feet, find the space, make the runs and play a little bit more of the soccer and possession that we like to play,” Schalmont coach Ryan Fries said.
Schalmont (8-0 Colonial Council, 10-2 overall) maintained the bulk of possession throughout the second half and took the lead on Viscusi’s header off Gabriela Amoroso corner kick with 15:53 remaining.
The Warriors (7-1-1 league, 8-1-1 overall) appeared to convert a direct kick with 12:34 left in the contest, but the score was disallowed when a referee ruled that a Mohonasen player had interfered with Schalmont goalie Georgia Clark.
“As soon as we knew [it didn’t count], I think that actually motivated us even more and made sure that we wouldn’t let it happen again,” Viscusi said.
Viscusi was determined for the Sabres to add another goal, too.
“A 2-1 lead is never a very comfortable position, so we knew we had to get one more in,” Viscusi said. “I wasn’t thinking about the hat trick; I wanted another one to go in that net and it just happened to be me.”
With 6:25 left, Simone
Cassano sent an indirect onto goal and Viscusi was there to score the goal off it.
Mohonasen coach Clint DeMyer said his team will learn from its first league loss.
“I know these girls I know they’re upset, that they know they could have put on a better showing today,” DeMyer said. “Their midfield made it difficult for us to get forward today, they have some talented girls in there. We got pinned back a little bit and we were trying to find opportunities to expand, and we just couldn’t find them.”
For Fries’ team, the rivalry win will boost momentum for the Sabres moving forward.
“I’m happy that they were able to do the things we talked about and happy that they didn’t get stuck in their own head,” he said. “They ended up working as a team, finding the feet, finding the space, making the runs and being there for each other. Everything kind of fell into place once we were able to do that.”
Halftime: Tied 1-1. Mohonasen scoring: Hodge 1-0. Schalmont scoring: Viscusi 3-0, Cassano 0-1, Amoroso 0-1. Goalies: Mohonasen, Gulbrandsen, 11 saves. Schalmont, Clark, 5 saves.