Southern Tier Sports Report SOUTHPORT — Two goals in the first 10 minutes as all Notre Dame needed to pick up a huge win over Elmira in non-league girls’ soccer action on Friday.
Emalie Barkley found the net to start things for the Crusaders and Rachael Simpson put the hosts up 2-0 against the perennial STAC powers.
Elmira answered back with a Tierney Krawczyk goal off an Emily Hanrahan assist in the 25th minute, but that’s as close as they would get.
Elmira had some chances in the second half, but the Notre Dame defense held strong and kept them off the board.
“We played well in moments,” Notre Dame coach Joe Picco said. “We came out and executed what we have talked about for a week. Thanks to (Athens coach) Rich Pitts, he helped us see some things that we exposed. Zach (Sarno) has had a great program for years. We are just fortunate we were given the opportunity to play against such a quality program. We could not be prouder of what the Notre Dame girls have accomplished.”
Elmira coach Zach Sarno was happy with the effort of his team in the loss.
“Proud of the team’s overall performance,” Sarno said. “Proud of the girls effort tonight and how our team played and carried themselves.”
IN TOP PHOTO: NOTRE DAME'S LEILA VARGAS. . . PHOTOS BY BRIAN FEES