CHAMPIONS: Palmyra-Macedon is 31-3-1 over the last two seasons.
The Pal-Mac Red Raiders girls soccer team is putting it all together at the right time of the season, capturing their second Finger Lakes League title in as many years with their 10-0 win over the visiting Geneva Panthers Wednesday evening. The Red Raider girls won the FL West title last year and captured the East title this year, their first year in the league after first Victor, two years ago, and then Canandaigua, last year, abandoned the league for Monroe County play.
Pal-Mac (15-1) led 6-0 at the half with the winner of the game in no doubt over the last half. Taylor Wingerden, Section 5’s leading scorer with 42 goals, led P-M with four goals. Teammate Allison Blazey scored twice with six other Red Raider players also figuring in the scoring.
Brittany Pritchard made four saves for P-M while Liz Toner made 10 saves for Geneva.
"I'm proud of these kids," said Pal-Mac coach Mike Karns after the win. "We've got a hell of a team this year. I said it at the beginning of the season that this could be the best team that I have coached and they have consistently proved that this year."
Wingerden has played on both Red Raider championship teams.
"This is nice. We won it last year so this is really special,” said Wingerden, who is 10 goals shy of breaking the Section 5 record of 51 set by Red Creek’s Brittany Younglove in 2000.
She then went on to explain why the big goal differential.
“Geneva plays a flat-back defense, pushing everybody up,” she explained. “So we took advantage of that. But really, everybody did real good for us. We all had a chance to score today and our defense played especially well. That’s a really good thing heading into the sectionals next week, getting everybody involved. I think with this win we are the top-seeded team in Class B. So that’s nice also.”
Teammate Emily Maul was also keen on how Wednesday’s win created a better situation for them in the sectionals.
“We have the home-field advantage for the sectionals,” Maul beamed. “That should be a huge advantage for us. We are excited to be able to play on our home field for most of the sectionals.”
Maul then went on talk about the team.
“We played well as a team,” she continued. “It was a good game. Especially with our second team coming in and keeping the pace up and scoring goals. In fact, we are being told that with our 10 goals today we set a new record at Pal-Mac for goals scored in a season at 73. And we still have games left to play."
Coach Karns gets the last word.
“I’m excited for the sectionals,” concluded Karns. “It should be fun.”
Page 2 of 2 - Ron Wilson can be reached at (585) 394-0770 ext. 271 or firstname.lastname@example.org