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Orchard Park comes out strong, defeats Mount Mercy to open 2013 season

Mount Mercy returns the pitch on Tuesday against North Collins.
ORCHARD PARK - The Orchard Park Quakers are hoping for big things this soccer season. If their play against Mount Mercy Academy is any indication, then they are well on their way.

The Quakers scored twice in the first half, and dominated the midfield, as they cruised to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Magic.

“They definitely had control of most of the game,” stated Mount Mercy Academy coach John Glose. “They are a very good team and we wanted the challenge. We knew they were going to be very strong. We are looking to play the good competition, because that is what we are going to be playing in the league.”

The Quakers used their talent and experience to dominate the first half from the opening kick as they kept the Magic hemmed in their own end.

Their patience would pay off as they scored first midway through on a very good individual effort.

With the Magic finally gaining their footing, the Quakers made it 2-0, late in the half, on a beautiful strike that Magic keeper Kerry McGough had no chance in stopping.

The second half saw the Magic improve its play, but the Quakers were still able to dominate the midfield.

“They had us out numbered in the middle. And they have some very good players,” said Glose. “We had a little bit of a tough time and we are going to have to do a better job in our next game.”

The Magic finally got on the board midway through the second half as Emily Sheehan delivered a great ball to the box that senior Jessica Alvira ran to and put it in the back of the next.

For Alvira it was her first goal since her freshman season, missing the last two years with a knee injury.

“As the game went on we were more and more comfortable,” said Glose. “Jess made a great play on a great ball by Emily Sheehan, which was great to see.”

The Magic return to the pitch at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 when thy host North Collins at Pierce Field at Malroy Park. The field is located behind Holy Family Church in South Buffalo.

Orchard Park is back in action at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at Clarence High School.


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