Lady Cats Roll into the Playoffs

by Ken Brown

RICHFORD – After dropping their first five matches of the season, the Hazen girls’ soccer team blanked Richford and Danville last week for their third straight, securing a home playoff game in the upcoming Division 4 tournament.

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Hazen’s Maverick Murphy (#2) runs the ball up the field as Lisa Morse (#13) of Danville closes in on the play Oct. 23 in Danville. Hazen won 1-0.

Macy Molleur continued to lead the Lady Cat offense last Wednesday, scoring three more goals and adding an assist in a 4-0 road win over Richford. Madison Bartlett also found the back of the net and Alexis Christensen added an assist in the win. Alleigh Gabaree continued her strong play in goal, making 13 saves to secure the shutout.

“We’ve been playing some pretty good soccer as of late and it was nice for the girls to get a comfortable win for a change. We have some young players really stepping up for us late in the season and their improved play is allowing our seniors to elevate their games. Alexis played one her best matches of the season in the midfield and won several 50/50 balls for us. It was a great team effort by our offense and defense,” said head coach Harry Besett.

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The Hazen Union Lady Cats run off the field after their 1-0 win against Danville Oct. 23. Pictured (from left) are Gabby Stanciu, Tessa Luther, Madison Bartlett, Maverick Murphy, Natalie Geoffroy and Bethany Conway.

Macy Molleur provided the game winner and Alleigh Gabaree anchored the defense as the Lady Cats secured a home playoff game with a huge 1-0 road win over Danville on Friday. Molleur found the back of the net in the first half and Gabaree stopped 23 shots to secure the win. Colleen Flinn made three saves in the loss as Danville fell to 5-3.

“We lost a tight one to them nine days ago and to go on the road with so much to play for and come away with a win felt great. We knew going in that we had to control the middle of the field better and win more 50/50 balls to have a chance and the girls did a great job of making the adjustment and putting in the effort. Alleigh has matured as a keeper so much this season and she made some big stops down the stretch to hold them down. We have some good leadership on this team, but overall we are very young, but there’s a lot talent here and they are starting to play some really good soccer and I’m proud of them. We are excited to host a playoff game and we are heading into it with a lot of confidence,” said Besett.

Hazen earned the sixth seed and will welcome #11 seed Sharon Academy to Hudson Field on Wednesday. If they advance, they will face the winner of the Twin Valley/Blue Mountain matchup on Saturday afternoon.