Spencerport girls are road warriors, off to 6-0-1 start

Spencerport girls are road warriors, off to 6-0-1 start

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Spencerport girls are road warriors, off to 6-0-1 start

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Spencerport sophomore Erin Coykendall, defended here by Elisabeth Stowell, leads the Rangers with six goals and has 18 over the past two seasons.

Spencerport sophomore Erin Coykendall, defended here by Elisabeth Stowell, leads the Rangers with six goals and has 18 over the past two seasons.

Everyone knows how hot it was this summer, so when the Spencerport girls soccer team beat three teams in a span of five days in early September coach Jamie Schneider treated his players to ice cream.

“On the road and in that heat, they really battled,” Schneider said.

They’ve continued the fight and now the reward is six straight home matches because every match in the Rangers’ impressive 6-0-1 start has been on the road. Spencerport, which stayed in the No. 2 spot behind Fairport (9-0) in the Democrat and Chronicle’s large-school coaches’ poll, plays its home opener at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Webster Thomas (3-3-1).

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The Rangers are coming off two solid matches, a 1-1 draw at No. 2 Webster Schroeder on Saturday and 1-0 win on Tuesday at No. 8 Penfield. Sophomore Leah Wengender scored the tying goal with just 74 seconds left in regulation at Schroeder. Top scorer Erin Coykendall netted the winner on Tuesday. The sophomore who was an All-Greater Rochester pick in soccer and lacrosse last school year has a team-high six goals. She had 12 last year and seven of those came off headers, Schneider said.

“She’s small but she has a great tactical sense for the game. She makes great runs,” Schneider said. “She’s gifted that way.”

Spencerport also has been boosted by the play of sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Oplanden, a transfer from Greece Arcadia who has five shutouts.

Spencerport goalie Lauren Oplanden, right, makes a save while colliding with Webster Schroeder's Anna Hewlett during Saturday's 1-1 tie in Webster.

Spencerport goalie Lauren Oplanden, right, makes a save while colliding with Webster Schroeder’s Anna Hewlett during Saturday’s 1-1 tie in Webster.

The Rangers returned almost their entire lineup from last year’s 13-3-2 club that earned the top seed in the Section V Class A tournament but was upset by eventual champion and No. 9 seed Brighton, 3-2, in overtime in the quarterfinals. Spencerport’s last title came in 2007; before that, it was 1978.

“We have very high hopes. The goal is to win a sectional championship,” Schneider said.

JDIVERON@Gannett.com

Girls Soccer    

Large-School Coaches’ Poll 

1 – Fairport (7)    

Record:     9-0

Points:     70

Previous rank:     1

2 – Spencerport  

Record:     6-0-1

Points:     59

Previous rank: 2

3 – Webster Schroeder 

Record:     6-0-1

Points:     58

Previous rank: 3

4 – Victor 

Record:     5-1

Points:     50

Previous rank: 6

5 – Brockport

Record:     6-1

Points:     37

Previous rank: 4

6 – Aquinas 

Record:     4-3-1

Points:     26

Previous rank: 7

7 – Pittsford Sutherland 

Record:     5-2

Points:     24

Previous rank: 10

8 –  Penfield

Record:     3-3-2

Points:     23

Previous rank: 5

9 – Mercy

Record:     5-2-1

Points:     20

Previous rank: 8

10 – Hilton

Record:     2-1-3

Points:     11

Previous rank: 9

   

Also received votes: Batavia, Brighton, Churchville-Chili, Greece Athena.    

Small-school Coaches’ Poll    

1 –  Livonia (4)    

Record:     5-1-2

Points:     58

Previous rank: 1

2 – Hornell (1)  

Record:     7-0-1

Points:     54

Previous rank: 2

3 – Wheatland-Chili    

Record:     6-0

Points:     47

Previous rank: 3

4 – Palmyra-Macedon 

Record:     5-1-1

Points:     43

Previous rank: 6

5 – Geneseo  

Record:     6-1

Points:     29

Previous rank: 7

6 – York    

Record:     5-1-1

Points:     26

Previous rank: 4

7 – Addison  

Record:     6-0-1

Points:     22

Previous rank: 5

8 – Gananda  

Record:     7-1

Points:     21

Previous rank: 8

9 – Caledonia-Mumford 

Record:     4-2-3

Points:     8

Previous rank: unranked

10 – South Seneca 

Record:     5-1

Points:     7

Previous rank: 9

Also received votes: Byron-Bergen, Keshequa, Marion, Newark.    

Note: Large schools poll includes Classes AA and A; small schools includes all others B, C and D.

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