Bethlehem girls soccer rolls with the changes

"[I'm] encouraged, but we've had these kinds of starts before," said Guilderland coach Barb Newton. "We have some tough games coming up."

The Lady Dutch don't have the explosive one-two punch Bethlehem possesses in Maksuti and Teal. Instead, Guilderland has used a balanced attack to get off to a good start, led by Audra Kowalczyk's three goals. Five other Lady Dutch players have registered a goal this season.

Still, Newton said her team has to do a better job of converting the scoring chances it's getting.

"The kids are crossing the ball really well and putting the ball in dangerous situations [for opposing defenses]. We just have to do a better job of finishing those chances," said Newton.

Guilderland's defense has been strong through the first two weeks, allowing only two goals in four games.

"We've made some mistakes on defense, but [goaltender] Jenna Cubello has done a great job as a sophomore," said Newtown. "She's made some really nice saves for us."

Like Bethlehem, Guilderland has some tough cross-divisional games to get through this week, starting with Tuesday's game against Shaker. The Lady Dutch then travel to Clifton Park Thursday to face Shenendehowa before hosting Ballston Spa Saturday.

"The kids are positive right now, but we'll see how they are after this week," said Newton.

Another area girls soccer team off to a good start is Voorheesville. The Blackbirds raised their record to 2-0 with last Thursday's 2-1 Colonial Council victory over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.

Caitlin Abelseth and Hannah Brackett scored Voorhessville's goals, and Mackenzie Blake made five saves in the victory. Kendra Leonardo tallied for R-C-S (1-2), and Teagan Waddingham made 12 saves in goal.""

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