FALLS VILLAGE >> Housatonic’s girls soccer team (1-1) unleashed its future in a 7-1 display against Gilbert (0-2) at Housatonic High School Saturday morning.
Sophomores and freshmen scored five of the Mountaineer goals, with more young talent on the way.
Sophomores Maddie Horosky and Lauren Gilderdale scored a goal apiece; freshman Laren Segalla had two, along with another by classmate Chloe Dakers. Seniors Hailey Nelson and Lindsay Cullmer accounted for the remaining two goals.
Talented seventh and eighth graders in the area may upgrade the team even more.
“We should be good in a couple of years,” said first-year head coach Tess Segalla.
The Yellowjackets, fighting an opposite numbers game, consider Housy pretty good already.
“We’re limited in our substitutes, so girls have to move around,” said Gilbert coach Nikki Hoxie, with just 18 girls on her entire squad.
Some of Saturday’s match was a war of Gilbert attrition; some was Housy youth finding its wings.
Gilbert held its own for the first 10 minutes, then the field canted uphill for the Yellowjackets.
After the 10-minute standoff, freshman goalkeeper Lindsay Winn (11 saves) came out to grab a long send from Housy’s Dakers. Defender Grace Valickis cleared another dangerous ball from the Gilbert box.
Mountaineer pressure built as Segalla charged in from the right wing. Winn grabbed a hard shot from Horosky on the other wing.
Then, 15 minutes into the game, Horosky, transferring from soccer-rich Immaculate-Danbury this year, got another chance from the left side. Her shot, from 20 yards out, slid past Winn, coming out of the goal, into the far right corner of the net.
The Housy scoring boulder ran downhill from there.
After several close calls in the next few minutes, Segalla sent a perfect lead pass toward Gilbert’s left post. Midfielder Nelson arrived precisely on time. The unstoppable goal went in on the fly from five yards out, 26 minutes gone.
The pace slowed, but Housy senior defender Hellen Hedman wasn’t having it.
“Stop walking! Stay with it!” Hedman hollered upfield to her teammates.
Eight minutes from the half, the Mountaineers were back in scoring position. Gilderdale turned on a ball from 20 yards straight out and found the net, 3-0.
Gilbert rose again in the early minutes of the second half.
Sophomore Jaden Arcelaschi bore down on Housy keeper Jill Cannon, bouncing a shot off her. Olivia Goldberger got the deflection near the right post and put it away.
The Yellowjackets had one more good chance, then faded in the face of another youthful Mountaineer charge in the middle of the half. Segalla carried one goal in by herself in the 23rd minute, then took a pass from Nelson for another, two minutes later.
Dakers bodied a corner kick by senior Anna Geyselaers into the net in the 31st minute.
A minute from the end of the game, Cullmer, on a pass from Dakers, sent a shot off the inside of the left post ricocheting to the right post and in for the final goal.
“We’re a lot better than people expect,” said Nelson.
The initial team goal was qualifying for the state tournament.
In the breeze of a season-opening 1-0 “good loss” to perennial Berkshire League leader Nonnewaug followed by Saturday’s performance, the scoring group agreed that a top four BL finish might now be within their sights.
So far, their argument looks pretty good.
Housatonic 7, Gilbert 1
At Housatonic High School
Gilbert 0 1-1
Housatonic 3 4-7
Goals: G-Olivia Goldberger. H-Maddie Horosky; Hailey Nelson; Lauren Gilderdale; Lauren Segalla 2; Chloe Dakers; Lindsay Cullmer. Assists: G-Jaden Arcelaschi. H-Nelson 2; Segalla; Anna Geyselaers; Dakers. Shots: 14-3 Housatonic. Saves: G-Lindsey Winn 11. H-Jill Cannon 2.
Records: Gilbert 0-2; Housatonic 1-1