Unbeaten Lady Eagles dumps Holy Cross

Mountain View midfielder Melissa Walker celebrates after scoring her team’s first goal in the first half of Monday’s Lackawanna Soccer League Division II game against Holy Cross. Mountain View won, 8-1, to improve its record this season to 6-0. TIMES-SHAMROCK PHOTO/JAKE DANNA STEVENS

KINGSLEY -Mountain View’s girls’ soccer players maintained a quick tempo on offense for the whole game, fighting Holy Cross for possession on each ball in the air.

Keeping up the pressure, the Lady Eagles won, 8-1, in a Division II girls soccer game on a Monday that felt more like summer than fall.

It was the firstgoalMountainView (6-0) has given up all season, but the Lady Eagles remained undefeated.

“We’ve been talking a lot about winning the ball in the air,”Mountain Viewcoach Errol Mannick said. “That’s one of the things we haven’t done so well. But I think today, especially in the first half, we won like 80 to 90 percent of the balls in the air, And to me, that’s the difference. You’re always on the attack, you’re always controlling the tempo.

“We raised our level of play really high today.”

Jenny Molenko, left, had three goals and one assist while Alix Taylor, right, added one goal and two assists in Mountain View’s win Monday. TIMES-SHAMROCK PHOTO/JAKE DANNA STEVENS

Jenny Molenko led Mountain Viewwith three goals, and she assisted Melissa Walker for the game’s first score with 11 minutes elapsed.

Four minutes later, Molenko sped downfield after getting the pass from goalkeeper Caity Tague, booting it into the right corner of the goal to make it 2-0.

She scored with 8:31 left in the first half off an Alix Taylor assist to give Mountain View a 4-0 lead.

Her goal off Kelly Purdy’s assist in the second half gave the Lady Eagles a 7-0 advantage.

“When I look up, I want to try to anticipate what they’re going to do,” Molenko said. “When you’re winning, winning is contagious. Everyone’s going to get up.”

Taylor assisted Morgan Zrowka’s goal with 20 seconds left in the first half, giving Mountain View a 5-0 lead at halftime.

She also capped the scoring forMountain Viewoff an assist fromWalker.

“We just wanted to keep up not having any goals scored us,”Taylorsaid. “We played well, we’re showing that we’re playing as a team.

“We want to make sure we’re playing smart, playing hard at all times, no matter what the score is.”

Devon Suhadolnik fed Megan Carey on a run down the right side of the field as the Lady Crusaders avoided the shutout.

Also last week, theMountain Viewteam took a pair of commanding 10-0 victories as the they defeatedDunmoreat home on Wednesday and Mid Valley on the road on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Alix Taylor notched three goals and had three assists to lead the Eagles while Melissa Walker added two goals and two assists.

Sarah Pulice also had a pair of goals and an assist, while Jenny Molenko found the net twice and added an assist. Also scoring was Florentine Vennix with an assist from Morgan Zrowka.

Against Mid Valley, Molenko had three goals and an assist and Pulice had two goals and an assist to leadMountain View.

Megan Getz added a pair of goals and Stephanie Virbitsky had a goal and an assist for the Eagles. Also adding goals were Makenna Whitaker and Katie Cure, each with one.

Montrose

Montrose Area’s girls’ soccer team picked up a 4-2 victory over Holy Cross on the road on Wednesday afternoon.

Nicole Lewis got scoring started off in the first half with a goal at 27:41. Erica Reeves then found the net at21:22to give the Meteors at 2-0 lead at halftime.

Holy Cross opened second half play with a goal at 33:06 to make it 2-1 before Montrose’s Lewis notched her second goal of the game with an assist from Myra Lattimore at13:22.

Holy Cross would make it a 3-2 game with a goal at10:22, but Montrose pulled ahead to 4-2 after Holy Cross was charged with an own goal.

The Meteors took 15 shots on goal and had seven corners while goalie Anna Churco had six saves on the day.