GENESEO — Depth and talent have made the Geneseo Maple Leafs difficult for the Rochelle varsity girls soccer team to handle this season. The Lady Hubs traveled for their second matchup with Geneseo on Tuesday, and unfortunately for the purple and white, the result wasn’t much different from their first encounter with the Maple Leafs.
While senior Olivia Piloni scored two goals to help Rochelle avoid the shutout, the Lady Hubs couldn’t match Geneseo’s powerful offensive attack. The Maple Leafs led 6-1 at halftime, and Geneseo cruised over Rochelle by a final score of 10-2 to drop the Lady Hubs to 2-11-2. Junior Viviana Belmonte saved 21 shots for Rochelle.
“Olivia’s an exceptional player and she’s very aggressive up top,” head coach Brad Male said. “She’s really showing what she can do this year and she’s been a tremendous leader for us. She’s kept us in a lot of games where we may not have otherwise been competitive. Her aggressiveness has worn off on the other girls, and they know they’ll continue having opportunities to score as long as they keep playing.”
Geneseo pulled momentum away immediately, scoring in the second, seventh and eighth minutes to lead 3-0 in the first half. Rochelle kept the Maple Leafs away for almost 25 minutes, though, and the Lady Hubs got themselves on the scoreboard when Piloni scored on freshman Lizbeth Milan’s assist in the 29th minute.
Leading 3-1, Geneseo scored in the 30th, 34th and 40th minutes to maintain a five-goal advantage entering the second half. The Maple Leafs added two more goals in the 45th and 50th minutes before senior Sarah Craven assisted Piloni’s second goal of the game in the 53rd minute to make it an 8-2 contest. Geneseo closed out the win with goals in the 63rd and 68th minutes.
“They have a lot of depth on the bench and they have a very good passing game,” Male said. “They play their short-sided passing game well and they’re always looking for each other.”