Klippel’s early goal helps Northville girls’ soccer blank Fonda-Fultonville

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Fonda-Fultonville’s Colleen Chest (14) and Northville’s Sophia Reidell (20) challenge for a ball during Friday’s Western Athletic Conference game at Boshart Field in Fonda.

FONDA — As the regular season rapidly comes to a close, area teams are turning their attention to getting ready for the postseason.

Fonda-Fultonville and Northville met Friday in a Western Athletic Conference girls’ soccer contest at Boshart Field in a matchup that was a test for both teams.

“Both teams played hard,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Ashleigh Phillips said.

The Falcons posted a 1-0 win over the Braves to register their fifth straight victory.

“We’re starting to come together and we’re playing pretty well right now,” Northville coach Doug Hammons said.

Lily Klippel scored the only goal of the game for Northville.

“I give [Fonda-Fultonville] credit. They played hard and it was a battle,” Hammons said. “We were just able to sneak one in and hang on.”

The game’s only goal came 5:50 into the game when Klippel scored on an assist from Ciara Thompson sending the ball inside the left post from a tough angle.

Northville finished the first half with a 6-2 advantage in shots but led just 1-0 at the half.

“We missed some opportunities early,” Hammons said.

In the second half, the Falcons finished with an 8-2 edge in shots, though the Braves held a 2-0 advantage in corner kicks, which were a challenge on a windy afternoon.

“I don’t think the wind helped us today,” Phillips said.

Both teams had opportunities in the second half, but the Northville defense kept Fonda-Fultonville off the board.

“We showed good discipline at the back at the end,” Hammons said. “Our defense did a good job.”

Gretchen Forsey made three saves to post the shutout in goal for Northville, which registered its third straight shutout.

“The girls on both sides played hard. We want to play these kind of games right now,” Hammons said. “These are the games that get you ready for the postseason.”

Emma Crahan finished with 11 saves for Fonda-Fultonville , including a pair of point-blank stops in the second half.

“Emma [Crahan] is the heart of our team,” Phillips said.

Following the game, Fonda-Fultonville honored seniors Quincy Lake, Elinor Slezak, Talia Anderson, Nadia Buanno, Jill Sandel, Gabe Scutt, Jaclyn Codi, Talor Ferrucci, Colleen Chest and Crahan.

Fonda-Fultonville (6-4 overall, 5-3 WAC) is scheduled to travel to Albany Academy for Girls for a 4 p.m. non-league contest on Monday.

“This is the start of a busy stretch for us,” Phillips said. “We’re playing five games between today and next Saturday.

Northville (9-5 overall, 6-2 WAC) is scheduled to host Mayfield on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

By Paul Wager

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