Mariners blank Panthers to kick off fall campaignGirls soccer: Spencer, Billingsley enjoy multi-goal performances
Thomaston — Whether or not the Oceanside High School girls soccer team is one of the favorites in Eastern Class B remains to be seen; however, the Mariners certainly started the new season on the right foot and in impressive fashion Friday afternoon, Sept. 6 against neighboring Medomak Valley at Sam Pendleton Field.
The Mariners scored early and often against the Panthers to the tune of six first-half goals as the hosts rolled to 6-0 victory.
Payton Billingsley and Emma Spencer notched a pair of goals for the winners, while Kim Young and Sydney Hall also scored and added an assist. Makenna Brooks also had a pair of assists, while Kelsey Brooks and Karly Robinson added another helper for Oceanside.
Chelsea Ripley and Nicole Obuchon manned the net for the Panthers as they turned away 12-of-18 shots. Kalyn Grover also made two saves in goal for the Mariners in the first half, while Rachel Robinson minded the net in the second half for the hosts.
Oceanside also held a 10-0 edge in corner kicks.
The Mariners jumped to a 1-0 lead at the 27:50-mark when Billingsley creased the net on assists from Robinson and Kelsey Brooks and added another goal minutes later at the 25:18-mark unassisted after settling a loose ball near the 18-yard line and beating Ripley.
Spencer then got in on the offensive action with 14:34 left in the half on a shot from around 25 yards and added another goal with 7:06 left, collecting a loose ball in the box and firing it into the net.
Young then popped the ball into the net from close range with 5:53 left and Hall cleaned up another loose ball off a corner kick and finished with 1:36 left to round out the scoring.
Medomak Valley held an 8-1 edge in direct kicks.
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