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At last, Villa Maria women's soccer tastes success

There were cartwheels, back-flips and one remarkably smiley picture.

The Villa Maria women's soccer team, in just its second year of existence, notched the first win in the history of the college's soccer programs, a 2-0 blanking of SUNY Cobleskill Sunday.

The Vikings had lost 12 straight games - and scored just one goal in total - since their formation last fall. Their opponents had scored exactly 100 goals in that span.

"They were so cute," head coach Amanda Janosky said of her team's reaction to victory. "For a lot of them it was their first win playing soccer. It was my first win as a college head coach - there were firsts in a lot of different realms.

The second-year coach was enthusiastic in discussing her pride in her side.

"They persevered - they kept their heads up and kept working despite all the losses," noted Janosky. "We knew a win was coming, we just didn't know when."

Megan Marafino and Erie Community College product Breanna Pangel, a Holland High School graduate who's been the team's "cornerstone," tallied the goals, while Melyssa Olmstead kept the clean sheet, making five saves in the effort.

"My boyfriend said to me after the game, 'If someone videotaped all the 'I love you's and hugs when they got off the bus, it would be the greatest recruiting video,'" added Janosky.

The win comes one week after the men's program opted to cancel the remaining games of the 2017 season due to an inadequate number of players. While the Villa girls felt bad for the situation, "they were focused on making us a strong and viable option for the future," Janosky said.

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"The girls are so jacked right now," Janosky continued. "They're ready to learn, get strong and be smarter in their play-making decisions. Even if it's ugly at times, they're working for each other. They have that unteachable grit."

The Vikings continue their season at 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Schiller Park (Heminway St.) against Point Park University, although Villa plays many of its home games at Mulroy Park in South Buffalo. Here's their full schedule.


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