SAEGERTOWN — Cambridge Springs kept its hot start going on Wednesday afternoon. Even a rain delay couldn’t stop the Blue Devils from scoring goals.
On Wednesday afternoon at the French Creek Valley Christian School, Cambridge Springs started out fast and wound up beating Maplewood 3-1 in a Region 3 girls soccer contest.
Cambridge Springs improves to 2-0 overall and in Region 3. Maplewood falls to 0-3 and 0-2 in region play.
“Maplewood, they played a tough game. Ted’s (Eriksen) done a nice job of building up their team,” Cambridge Springs Geoff Bristow said. “They were tough to get past, but when we did we were able to take advantage of our opportunities.”
Just over 10 minutes into the game, the Blue Devils got their first big chance and made good use of it. Lexie Burdick sent in a curling corner kick which was headed down by Ella Nicholson. The ball bounced high and went over Maplewood goalkeeper Natalie Slagle for the opening tally.
Cambridge had the majority of the possession in the first half, but Maplewood stayed in its formation and defended well. In the 27th minute, Maplewood had a near chance of its own, but the Blue Devils cleared it at the last moment.
In the 34th minute, the Spa broke through again. Nicholson stole the ball from a goal kick and dished it to Maggie Braymer. The midfielder launched the ball into the high left corner of the net with her right foot to put her side up 2-0.
“What I liked from the offense today is that they were looking for the open spaces instead of just square passes to each other,” Bristow added.
Halftime was extended due to a lightning delay that lasted just over 30 minutes.
That delay may have given Maplewood enough time to regroup. Twenty minutes into the second half, the Tigers found the net.
Off a free kick, Brooke Reynolds made a nice run and deflected it to herself. She then fired the ball past Spa goalkeeper Maddie Yanc, who sprinted out to cut off the angle. Just like that the Tigers were down one.
(My players) thought about the placement of the initial free kick. Making sure they won the first ball, but more importantly won the second one,” said Maplewood head coach Ted Eriksen. “(Reynolds) did a nice patient job of finishing.”
“I always hate it when there’s a rain delay,” added Bristow. “We got a little sloppy and we gave up a bunch of free kicks in the second half and we got burned on one of them.”
With just three minutes left to play, the Blue Devils got the goal back. Braymer took a shot from a tough angle on the right side of the goal. The ball sailed over and tucked inside the far post for the 3-1 lead.
“That was kind of an unstoppable shot, that was a heck of a shot,” Eriksen said. “I was happy with the second half, I was happy with the effort. (My players) were patient with the ball, putting them back on their heels for a little while.
“We just need to put a few more balls in the back of the net now and we’ll be set.”
Jordan Hansgen can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.