Three separate goal scorers took turns finding the back of the net in the 3-0 season opening victory for the Syracuse High girls (1-0-0, 0-0-0) over the host Ogden Tigers (0-1-0, 0-0-0).
Junior midfielder Caroline Stringfellow assisted on all three goals for the Titans (3 season, 51 career). The first goal of the game came at the end of the first half in the 37′ off of a Kelsey Steed header. The center back has now scored 4 straight years for the Titans, putting in her first goal of the season (5th career).
Senior forward Ashlyn Hall put in 61st career goal off of a beautiful combination with Stringfellow in the 53′. Just minutes later she had another disallowed by a close offsides call.
To finish the scoring for the day Junior Keelee Cella recorded her first career goal by hitting upper 90 in the 73′. Other assists on the day were provided by Hall (1 season, 40 career), Junior Sarah Wynn (1 season, 32 career) and Freshman Abby Schofield recorded her first career point assisting on Cella’s goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Presley Whitesides recorded her first career shutout and win, the first frosh to do so in SHS history! Whitesides had 9 saves and 8 defensive plays on the day. The back line of Senior Madi Dee, Senior Jenna Kelly, Senior Riley King, Junior Baylee Sanders and Steed helped secured the first shutout of the season for the Titans.
The Titans outshot the Tigers 14-10, putting more on frame 6-5. ‘Cuse had more corner kicks than OHS 5-2 and led in both the fouls (4-2), yellow cards (1) and the offsides category (3-1).
The JV team had a dominating performance, winning in an 8-0 mercy rule over the Tigers JV squad. Goals on the day were provided by Junior Courtnee Wright (2), defender Kacie Barker, Junior Lydia Steel, Sophomore Mia Hammond, Freshman Ashtyn Carlson, Sophomore Tatum Williams and Midfielder Kira Page.
JV assists came from Macyn Zimmerman, Skylee Hopkins, Meleah Panter, Wright, Williams and frosh goalkeeper Madi Paulsen. The shutout in net was a collective effort by Junior Brianna Daw, Sophomore Kamry Kap and Paulsen.
‘Cuse will end their preseason on the road going to Utah County and playing Maple Mountain (1-0-0, 0-0-0), an annual favorite to win the 5A title. The Golden Eagles also began the season with a victory in Weber county, a 2-1 win over the Bonneville Lakers.
A big thanks to Kevin Hansen @kdhansenpics for todays pics!