By TIM IRVING
Spencerport scored two goals in a two-minute span of the first half and went on to beat westside rival Hilton 4-1.
“We’re fortunate because they played well in a big portion of midfield, more than most teams do on us, “ Rangers coach Jamie Schneider said of the Cadets (1-2).
16 minutes into the game, a ball was played over the top of the Hilton defense, senior captain Bre DeHond ran on to it, defender Riley Delvecchio made a sliding save but DeHond touched in the rebound for a 1-0 lead.
1:55 later, Lily Brongo broke up the right side and found herself one-on-one with Kuder and finished for a 2-0 Rangers lead that carried to halftime.
With Brongo running the right wing and Alyssa Hackett on the other side with DeHond, all seniors, up the middle, defending Spencerport is difficult.
“We like to spread the ball out and stretch teams and having the speed of Brongo and Hackett outside is big,” said Schneider.
In the second half, right about that same 16-minute mark, Brongo got free running the goal line. Her first cross came back to her, where she fed DeHond for a one-timer, her fourth goal in two games, and a 3-0 Rangers lead.
With 11 minutes to play, Kathleen Fitzgerald got a loose ball out top and let it fly from 30 yards out. Cadets keeper Hailey Kuder got a hand on the ball but couldn’t tip it over the cross bar and Spencerport led 4-0.
A short time later, a Rangers defender lost the ball in her own end, Caitlin Nelson touched the ball wide left of Spencerport keeper Cate Burns and placed the ball in the resulting empty net for her second goal in the early going.
The Rangers improved to 2-0 after a lopsided win over Orchard Park and the expectations are high for Spencerport this year.
“We’ve had some really good success and these players have experience and we have to use that leadership to keep us going in the right direction and that’s just take it one day at a time,” Schneider says.
The Rangers keep it on the westside, visiting Churchville-Chili on Thursday before visiting Irondequoit on Saturday.