Leading off today:
The feat only moved her to a tie for fifth on the all-time Section 5 list for girls soccer goals, but Chloe DeLyser's four goals
Friday were noteworthy nevertheless.
DeLyser's third goal during Marion's 4-1 win over Gananda moved her past the career total of Abby Wambach, the former Our Lady of Mercy star who went on to become the most accomplished scorer in the history on international soccer.
DeLyser finished off her night by converting a penalty kick to stand at 144 goals in 3½ varsity seasons. The sophomore striker has 31 goals and 18 assists in Marion's 10-0 start to the season after opting not to join a USSF academy program that would have precluded her from playing for her school.
"I chose to not do (that) because I could beat records like this and also do it with my team," DeLyser, who scored 49 goals as a freshman, told the Democrat and Chronicle.
More girls soccer: Jenn Bonifazio sounds like a sportswriter's dream interview subject. I mean, you gotta love the quote potential of a kid who can refer to herself as standing "5-foot-12."
The defender converted Lauren Hackett's corner kick into the winning goal with 12:20 to play as St. Anthony's edged Holy Trinity 2-1.
The Friars, ranked fourth in the state in Class AA, improved to 5-0.
"I try whenever I go in (on corner kicks) to have the mindset, 'This is going to be mine. This is going to be finished,'" Bonifazio told Newsday. "People are definitely scared when I go in because I am very tall and people fear that for a corner kick."
Said Hackett: "Well Jenn's the biggest person on our team, I'm always looking for her. I mean, she sticks out like a sore thumb."
Too much? I knew even before clicking on the headline -- "Phoenix football coach Paul Sealy blasts Jordan-Elbridge's Tim Hawkins for late-game pass: 'That's awful' -- that the story was going to be a magnet for reader responses. And I was right. There were more than 150 comments attached to the Syracuse.com story by 1 p.m. Saturday.
Sealy was furious that J-E, already leading 62-0 in the fourth quarter, called a pass play en route to a 75-0 rout.
"You're up 62-0. We just stuffed you on two or three plays. And you threw the ball," Sealy said. "That's awful. You can go back every game (I've coached), 43 years. I bet you I've coached almost 600 games, between JV, varsity. I have never, ever, nor would I ever (pass in that situation)."
Sealy made the comment to a reporter immediately after the game, which had a 56-0 halftime score, when emotions were still raw. A few minutes later, J-E coach Tim Hawkins said he was just giving his reserves a chance to pass and that he couldn't tell them to take a knee for 10 minutes."
My take? There's plenty of middle ground between taking a knee and throwing the ball against a badly beaten and badly overmatched opponent -- one that has now been outscored 196-0 this fall. For starters, the backup quarterback can get some throws in during the second quarter when the lead is still in the 30s or low 40s.
Secondly, your reserves are reserves because they're not polished enough to be starters yet. They could have alternated dives and sweeps and gotten better at both.