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Local seniors take to the pitch one last time

November 16, 2016
By Scott Kindberg - editorial@westfieldrepublican.com , Westfield Republican

JAMESTOWN - With his team comfortably in the lead late in the second half of the 17th annual Chautauqua County Senior Soccer Game, Antonio Robles watched his teammates on the defensive end of the field and offered a five-word command:

"Lock it in here, boys."

No one was about to argue with the Dunkirk High School senior.

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Photo by Scott Kindberg
Pictured are: Chautauqua Lake’s Sara Russin, Andrew Robinson Jr., of the Jamestown law firm Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo and Randolph’s Molly Carpenter. Russin was named the White Team’s MVP while Carpenter was named the Blue Team’s MVP.

He'd been locked in for nearly 80 minutes already.

Robles scored two second-half goals and displayed jaw-dropping ball-handling skills to earn his team's Most Valuable Player honors and to help Blue to a 4-0 victory over White at the Red Raider Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.

Photos by Scott Kindberg The Chautauqua County Senior Soccer Game was held on Sunday at the Martin Road Athletic Complex. Pictured above, at left, from left to right are Dunkirk's Antonio Robles, Galena Duba-Weaver of the Jamestown law firm Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo and Southwestern's Sebastian Diaz. Robles was named the MVP?of the Blue Team while Diaz earned the same honor for the White Team. Pictured above, at right, from right to left, are: Chautauqua Lake's Sara Russin, Andrew Robinson Jr., of the Jamestown law firm Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo and Randolph's Molly Carpenter. Russin was named the White Team's MVP?while Carpenter was named the Blue Team's MVP.

"That was a great experience," Robles said. "I enjoyed that a lot. Everyone here knew what they were doing, everyone knew how to make passes and how to make runs, and it really helped me to do what I had to do."

Keyton Taylor of Fredonia tallied the lone goal of the first half, before Dylan Chase (Pine Valley) and Robles found the range once and twice, respectively, after intermission in an entertaining contest before a nice crowd on a beautiful mid-November afternoon.

Southwestern's Sebastian Diaz, who has committed to play collegiate soccer at the University at Buffalo next year, was selected White's MVP.

"There were a lot of good players on the field," he said. "It was a good experience."

But the entertainment on the field adjacent to Strider Field wasn't limited only to the 12th-grade boys.

Earlier in the day, the senior girls squared off and it was Molly Carpenter (Randolph) who stole the show, scoring a goal in the first minute of the game on her way to a hat trick and a 5-3 Blue victory.

In addition to Carpenter's three goals, Rachel Baglia and Amber Micek, both of Falconer, collected a goal apiece

Sara Russin (Chautauqua Lake), the White's Most Valuable Player, Rachel Fisher (Chautauqua Lake) and Rylee Bly (Cassadaga Valley) all found the back of the net in a losing cause.

"At first, I was nervous about it," Russin said, "and then I came here and it was like, 'Wow, I can't wait to get back out there on the field. I had a lot of fun out there."

In the end, it wasn't so much about the final score, but the opportunity to play with former rivals and, for many, the chance to display their talents for prospective colleges.

"Some of the girls ended their season on a rough note (with playoff losses)," said White coach Rob Corwin (Chautauqua Lake Central School). "(This game) sort of makes it a little less painful and it's a great opportunity for (college) coaches to watch these girls play."

Carpenter has designs on playing in college where she plans to pursue a nursing degree.

"(Soccer is) my life," she said. "It's taught me so much about life, and how to work well with other people. I wouldn't be the person I am without soccer. Honestly, I just love it so much. I can't imagine not playing."

Blue coach Brett Gould (Fredonia Central School), found that his collection of senior players enjoyed playing so much on Sunday that they'd like to do it again.

"During the game, the girls started talking about it," Gould said. "They said, 'Wouldn't it be nice if this wasn't it? What if we had a tournament we could play together?' So we're going to throw out a few days and these girls will probably be back together again."

If that should happen, and should tournament organizers need someone to sing the "Star Spangled Banner," Carpenter would be the perfect soloist. After all, she performed it before both Senior Soccer Games yesterday.

"I just met her yesterday for the first time," Gould said. "(She has) such humility. She's absolutely a fantastic kid that represents her community and her school (so well)."

Judging from the comments by late afternoon, Gould could have been speaking about any one of the 85 teenagers who spent an afternoon on the pitch on Martin Road in Jamestown.

NOTES: In the girls game, Corwin and Kevin Rice (Silver Creek) were the coaches for the White team, while Gould and Paul Sellari (Fredonia) shared those duties for the Blue team. In the boys game, Dan Molfino (Falconer/Cassadaga Valley) and Jerry Pardue (Maple Grove) coached the White team. Dave Pihlblad (Pine Valley) and Eric Clark (Chautauqua Lake) shared the coaching duties for the Blue team. MVP trophies were presented by Andrew Robinson Jr. and Galena Duba-Weaver of the Jamestown law firm Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo.

 
 
 

 

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