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Bears Edge Mercy in Season Opener

September 4, 2017

On a cool Friday night that belied the late summer date, the girls’ soccer team opened the season with a 2-1 victory over visiting Mercy.

The Bears dominated possession in the opening minutes, culminating in a gorgeous strike by Madison Logan. The play began when Rachel Leccese prevented a Mercy clear and sent a touch pass to Donna Sanders. Sanders switched fields and found Logan on the right side. From there, the speedy freshman dribbled past a defender before lofting a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box that soared over the keeper, kissed off the far post, and found the net for 1-0 lead.

The Bears struck again just 39 seconds later, sending the Blue Fan Group into hysteria. Mercy again failed to clear the ball as Jess Nwachukwu kept the possession alive. She found Sanders who one-touched the ball to Leka Lee-Maeba just outside the box. Lee-Maeba split two defenders with a shot that froze the keeper and found the left side netting. In a blink the Bears had taken control. Though they had several promising chances over the final 70 minutes, but failed to tuck another goal home. The result of the game would rest squarely on the shoulders of the defense. They were up to the task.

Mercy scored their lone goal of the match with 5:32 remaining in the first half, despite a fantastic full-extension effort from Sophia DiLavore, but the Bears’ one-goal lead would hold up thanks to a brilliant defensive effort from Leccese, Nwachukwu, Alyssa Martinez, and Caroline Maglione. Each time Mercy threatened, the speed of the backs snuffed out any opportunity.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow afternoon in a league match-up at Mattituck.

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