After 2-2 start, the Ellicottville girls soccer team seems to be finding its groove.
Mandy Hurlburt recorded a hat trick and, after a see-saw battle in the first half, the Eagles pulled away for a 5-2 triumph in a CCAA East matchup between streaking teams on Tuesday in Salamanca.
In an eventful first 40 minutes, Salamanca took a 1-0 lead just six minutes in when Mariah Downey scored off a Rachel Chamberlain pass and added a second tally on a penalty kick from Aly Hill in the 23rd minute. Ellicottville, though, got goals from Emilee Ruiz, Hurlburt (on a PK) and Logan Fredrickson to bring a 3-2 lead into the break before Hurlburt scored twice more in the second half, including on another PK.
“It was truly a close first half,” Salamanca coach Michelle Hill said. “Ellicottville came out in the second half with more fight in them than (us).”
Kaitlyn McGuire, Ruiz and Jocelyn Wyatt all added assists while Brooke Eddy made four saves for the Eagles (5-2, 4-0), who have won three-straight — over Portville, Randolph and Salamanca — and currently hold the top spot in the league standings.
Holly McGonigle (4) and Alexis Palmeri (5) combined to make nine saves for the Warriors (6-4, 2-2), who saw a three-game win streak come to an end.
Emilee Ruiz scored a pair of first-half goals Thursday, Sept. 19, to help keep Ellicottville undefeated in CCAA East girls soccer league play at home.
Mandy Hurlburt and Logan Fredrickson assisted on the first goal and Hayly Fredrickson assisted on the second. Brooke Eddy made five saves for the shutout.
“Our girls played a great game,” Ellicottville coach Tammy Eddy said. “They’re really coming together and playing well together. Hopefully, we’ll see some scoring form a variety of different girls this year.”
Miranda Waterman made 11 saves for Randolph.