Fair week has always been a rough one for Wellington soccer coach Kevin Ziegler — players have fair obligations to attend to, school hasn’t started yet so there is no structure to the week, and there is generally a game somewhere in there to play.
This season is no different as the Lady Dukes soccer team took to the field on Sunday to play Fuchs Mizrachi in a non-conference game.
Any concerns Ziegler might have had about his team being prepared and focused were quickly laid to rest the Dukes routed the Mordy Mayhem 8-0.
“I really never know what to expect in a game like this given the outside distractions,” he said. “We had some girls miss practice this week so I tried to reward those they came every day with more playing time. I worried about our focus and if we would play to our abilities. We still have things to work on but I’m definitely pleased to get the win.”
Wellington (1-1) wasted little time in establishing control over the Mayhem.
The Dukes’ dominance was set by co-captains Sam Sparks and MacKenzie Calfo. Sparks, a junior, put Wellington on the board just 2:48 into the match. Calfo, a senior, followed 13 seconds later with a goal to put the Dukes up 2-0.
From there it steamrolled as the Dukes continued to attack, albeit with restrictions set by Ziegler such as all players need to touch the ball before a shot. It did little to deter the Dukes attack.
Sophomore Emma Horoschak scored a pair of goals for Wellington with the first at the 4:48 mark on an assist from freshman Tressa Begley.
Horoschak followed up with another goal at the 7:58 mark on an assist from fellow sophomore Kaitlyn Garrett for a 4-0 Dukes advantage.
Senior Melanie Gott, who opted for soccer over volleyball this year, scored her first career goal with a shot into the right side of the net at the 15:32 mark.
Junior Rachel Greene made the score 6-0 and Garrett got into the action with a goal just over 32 minutes into the match to run the Dukes lead to 7-0.
Wellington rounded out its scoring with a goal by sophomore Rachel Barletta with just under three minutes remaining in the half.
With the game well in hand, the Dukes turned the game into a working practice in the second half and played down two players.
The girls return to the field Wednesday when they host Cardinal Mooney in a non-conference match at 5 p.m. After that, the Dukes will be off until Sept. 9 when they host Oberlin at 5 p.m. Three days later they’ll host Brooklyn at 1 p.m.