With the sounds of opening day at the Schaghticoke Fair in the background, the Indians of Hoosic Valley hosted Stillwater in a 10 a.m. girls soccer matchup Wednesday morning. The season-opener for both squads played out as a typical Wasaren clash, hard fought from start to finish, with physical and aggressive soccer on display.
And while Stillwater outshot their hosts nearly three to one in the game, the Valley made their attempts count with Megan Rice connecting for the only two scores of the morning, leading the Indians to the 2-0 victory.
For much of the first half the Warriors kept the pressure on Indians keeper Riley Caiazza who was a rock between the posts throughout, and finished with 13 saves in the contest.
With 15:00 remaining in the half the Indians Leigha Henkel found Rice just outside the box and the Hoosic Valley striker carried it briefly before firing, the ball hitting the left post and caroming in for the 1-0 advantage.
The Valley took that lead into the break and held the tenuous cushion for most of the second half despite seemingly constant pressure from the Stillwater attack, forcing Caiazza into a number of quality saves including multiple diving denials.
With less than two minutes remaining, the Indians iced things when Rice found the back of the net from 15 yards out, for her second tally of the match
Stillwater keeper Miranda Price saved five shots for the Warriors, while Caiazza turned back 13 shots and combined with the Valley “D” for the shutout.