YORKSHIRE – The Holland girls soccer team entered Friday’s game with the most goals (103) in Section IV Class C. Salamanca had surrendered the fewest, seven goals.
Something had to give when they met for the Class C championship.
From the opening whistle, it was clear the best defense was, indeed, a good offense.
No. 2 Holland (15-3-1), the defending New York State Class C champions, defeated No. 4 Salamanca, 4-0, at Pioneer High School on Friday evening in front of an estimated 200. Holland junior forward Olivia Schmidt had two goals and two assists in the victory.
In the Class D final, Maple Grove (15-2-1) earned a 2-0 victory over Ellicottville (9-8-1). Freshman Adrianna Carlson scored both goals for Maple Grove.
The Lady Dutchmen dominated the pace of the game from the opening ball. Holland had four corner kicks in the first 20 minutes, but was unable to put a shot past Salamanca senior goalkeeper Kashauna Learn.
Following a Warriors (17-2-1) foul, Schmidt took the free kick from around the 35-yard line and fired toward the net. The ball skimmed off the wet turf and challenged Learn. Learn blocked the shot with her body, but junior forward Megan Caltagirone was waiting for the rebound. Caltagirone put the ball past Learn for the game’s first goal in the 22nd minute.
Caltagirone said she knew there could be an opportunity to score off Schmidt’s free kick, so she positioned herself in front of the net.
“All I remember is I had to keep it low as it came off the goalie,” Caltagirone said. “I just tried to kick it as hard as I can.”
Salamanca senior forward Paige Papa nearly pulled the game to within one goal minutes after Schmidt’s goal. Paige squeezed past two Lady Dutchmen defenders before junior goalkeeper Haley Hymers came out of the net for one of her five saves.
“Today, those big two saves, that was just the momentum shifter,” said Holland coach George Schmidt. “It goes in and you just never know what’s going to happen.”
Holland finished the regular season winning eight of its final nine games, and has now won 11 of its last 12. The Lady Dutchmen have a goal differential of plus 85.
They combined for two more shots in the second half. Both shots, however, resulted in Carlson goals.
The third shot of the game didn’t come until the 67th minute, and resulted in the first goal of the match. Carlson scored her 13th goal of the season to put Maple Road up 1-0. She scored again in the 84th minute to expand the Red Dragons’ lead to 2-0.
“Adrianna’s got that scoring touch,” Maple Grove coach Alex Scalise said. “She’s a finisher and she’s done it for us all year.”
Holland and Maple Grove advanced to the Far West Regional round next Saturday at Webster Thomas against the Section V champions.