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Albion girls claim Kendall tourney title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 8 September 2018 at 7:50 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Mariah Plain tries to take a shot during this afternoon’s Kendall tournament championship win as Emily Wolfanger and Morgan Major defend for York.

A quick two goal scoring burst early in the second half keyed Albion to a 3-2 victory over York in the championship game of the Kendall girls soccer tournament this afternoon.

Breaking away from a 1-1 deadlock, Albion regained the lead for good when Mariah Plain scored on a direct kick with 29:20 remaining in the second half.

Keeping the momentum, the Purple Eagles then netted what proved to be the game winning goal when Lexi Wolck tallied on a rebound shot with 24:55 to go.

York did make the finish exciting by cutting the deficit to 3-2 with a goal by Adison Plank off a corner kick with 15 minutes to go. However, Albion goalie Sydney Mulka and her Purple Eagles defensive teammates blanked York the rest of the way to preserve the narrow win.

In the first half, Albion grabbed a 1-0 lead when Abby Scanlan scored at the 21:35 mark off an assist from Brylie Hapeman.

York pulled even by scoring with 3:26 to go in the half on a tally by Jayden Richardson but never gained the lead.

Allbion, which is now 5-0 overall, next hosts Wilson on Monday in a Niagara-Orleans League game.

In the consolation game, Bishop Kearney made a pair of first half goals stand up for a 2-1 win over Kendall.

Kendall’s goal came on a penalty kick by Hailee Mitchell with 6:16 remaining in the second half.

In a non league game, Roy-Hart defeated CCA 7-1 as goals by Nadia White, Kara Choate and Maddie Fry gave the Lady Rams an early 3-0 lead.

Albion’s Lexi Wolck kicks in what proved to be the game winning goal as Adison Plank, Victoria Bianchi, Emily Wolfanger and goalie Alyssa Churchill defend for York.

Kendall’s Hailee Mitchell looks to kick the ball up field as Lauren Brumfield defends for Bishop Kearney during the consolation game.