Lady Indians are a work in progress

Senior Lauren Howley scored two goals to lead RCS. The Lady Indians' other goal came off a deflection by a Voorheesville defender early in the first half. Brittany Holcomb stopped 16 shots for the Blackbirds.

"This is a much better team athletically and skill-wise, but the goals we gave up were all preventable," said Santos. "With more experienced players, this wouldn't have happened."

RCS has some hurdles to clear in its regular season, including rematches with Schalmont and Mechanicville. But once it enters the Section II, class A playoffs, RCS must contend with such traditional powers as Scotia-Glenville and defending champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Hummel said she likes her team's chances, but only if the Lady Indians play as well as they are capable of playing.

"We can play with anyone. It just depends on what team shows up," she said.

As for Voorheesville, Santos is looking for continued improvement in his players as they try to break into the win column.

"Over the years, we've lost some girls, and now we're working with some girls who are learning the game," he said.

The Blackbirds' next opportunity comes Wednesday night when they travel to Cobleskill-Richmondville to face a Bulldogs squad that owns a 1-5 league mark (3-6 overall).""

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