Lady Cougars romp to opening-round win

CANAJOHARIE – After getting upset in its playoff opener to Schoharie last season, the Canajoharie girls soccer team looked to avoid that same fate Thursday.

The third-seeded Lady Cougars hosted 14th-seeded Hadley-Luzerne in the first round of the Section II Class C Tournament.

The outcome was significantly different than last year’s 1-0 loss to the Indians, as Canajoharie rolled to a 14-0 win over the Eagles.

“I think for us, this was huge after we lost in the first round to Schoharie last year. We were nervous coming into today’s game,” Canajoharie coach Ellee Fichthorn said. “Everybody had a chance to get the nerves out. We got up early, we were able to relax and play our game.”

Seven different players scored for the Lady Cougars, and a total of 13 players had at least a goal and an assist.

Jenelle Dillenbeck led the offensive onslaught for Canajoharie, scoring six goals. Jordyn Logan had two goals and two assists for the Lady Cougars, while Christina Towse scored twice. Ariannah Logan recorded a goal and two assists for Canajoharie, while Jordan Hammons, Morgan Koelbl and Hannah Bowerman also scored. Morgan Gray had two assists for the Lady Cougars, and Andrea Dingman, Dainara Veeder, Brittany Pitonza, Lauren Mayer and Grace Corrigan each had one assist.

“We did what we needed to do today,” Fichthorn said. “We passed well and our shots were on. [Hadley-Luzerne] made us work for our goals and their goalies did a good job.”

Canajoharie came roaring out of the gates, scoring five times in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Hammons opened the scoring for the Lady Cougars on an assist from Jordyn Logan before Ariannah Logan followed 24 seconds later to make it 2-0.

Dillenbeck scored her first of her six goals with 34:22 left in the first half, and Jordyn Logan made it 4-0 with 32:49 remaining in the half on an assist from Morgan Gray. Dillenbeck scored twice in the final 31 minutes of the half, while Jordyn Logan scored once to make it 7-0 at the break. Dingman and Jordyan Logan had assists.

It was more of the same in the second half as Canajoharie tacked on seven more goals to its total to finish with a 14-0 victory.

Dillenbeck scored three times in the second half, while Towse scored twice in her second game back after missing several contests with an illness. Koelbl and Bowerman also scored second-half goals for the Lady Cougars. Ariannah Logan had two assists in the second half for Canjo, while Veeder, Gray, Pitonza and Mayer each had one.

Dingman and Lauren Balfe didn’t need to make a save to share the shutout win in goal for Canajoharie, which outshot Hadley-Luzerne by a whopping 43-0 margin.

Kaitlyn Ashline made eight saves in the first half for the Eagles, while Erin Anderson made 10 second-half saves.

Canajoharie (14-3 overall) will host No. 6 seed Berlin on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Class C quarterfinals. Berlin (13-3-1 overall) posted a 4-2 win over No. 11 seed Galway on Thursday.

“It was nice to have a home game, and it will be nice to be back home Tuesday,” Fichthorn said. “It’s only going to get harder from here.”

Hadley-Luzerne finished its season with a 3-9 overall record.

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