HP girls start new year with big win
The Holland Patent girls soccer squad opened its season on fire with three scorers having multi-goal performances to claim an 8-1 triumph over Notre Dame in Utica on Wednesday during a non-league contest.
Ellie Bortiatynski collected two goals and made three assists for the visitors, while Marie Mueller and Riley Reinold each scored two goals and two assists.
Shay Callahan and Julie Ferris both put in a goal, and Ashley Stanley had a helper.
Goaltenders Nikki Lupia-Eannace and Malia Crumb combined for seven saves in net.
Bulldogs rally for win
In boys soccer action, the Westmoreland Bulldogs fought back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to take a 2-1 victory over Frankfort-Schuyler in their season-opener at home.
Dan Kislyak first put visiting Frankfort on the board off an assist by Vinny Spataro before the Bulldogs fired back with their goals in the second half by Jason Dee and Dylan Hannaford. Morgan Rolewicz and Andrew Zimmerman each had an assist.
Westmoreland goalkeeper Kyle Doolen collected five saves along with the one goal allowed in the Center State Conference crossover match.
RFA blanked by Warriors
The Rome Free Academy boys soccer team suffered its first loss of the season following a 3-0 shutout by host Whitesboro in a Tri-Valley League contest.
Goalie Spencer Kahler recorded six saves as the Black Knights drop to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Camden falls in opener
In more boys soccer competition, the Camden Blue Devils opened its season at home, but fell victim to a 3-0 shutout to Oneida.
Goalkeeper Andrew Hill made 10 saves in net while giving up goals to Travis Grems, Zach Brown and Lucas Durant for Oneida’s first win of the season.
Westmoreland tennis wins
The Westmoreland girls tennis squad kicked off its season with a 5-0 shutout win over visiting Herkimer.
Lindsay Cornacchia, Jill Crane and Olivia Merrill each picked up singles match victories, while the duos of Gabrielle Duell and Alyssa Bowers, as well as Kia Barber and Blake Crandall collected doubles wins.
Rome field hockey loses
The RFA field hockey team began its season on the road and were immediately tested with an overtime matchup, but ended up coming out on the losing end, 2-1, to hosting Vestal in a non-league game.
Meghan McCormick managed to get only the one goal in for Rome off an assist by Sam Grunder despite the Lady Knights finishing with a 7-6 advantage on penalty corners.
Emily Bernard and Alex Evans put in Vestal’s two goals past RFA goalkeeper Reanna Zappavigna, who finished with six saves.