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Bloss Leads Lakeland to Victory

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Francesca Gerbasi controls the ball against Hendrick Hudson. Credits: Deena Bell
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PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. — It may be summer league, but Lakeland’s offense, led by rising senior Katelyn Bloss’ two goals, was already in midseason form when it played Hendrick Hudson in Lakeland Girls Soccer Summer League action on June 28.

The Hornets scored twice in the first half and three times in the second half to record a 5-0 victory against the Sailors at Putnam Valley High School.

Bloss scored the game’s first goal, off an assist from Francesca Gerbasi.

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“Francesca took a great ball down the right side and she laid it right back to me perfectly and I just one-touched it and it went right over the goalie,” Bloss said. “It was really good to set the pace and get ahead early after we had a tough 1-0 loss on Monday to Putnam Valley.”

Gerbasi is a just a freshman but she doesn’t play like it, according to Bloss.

“It’s really good to have her on the field,” Bloss said. “She’s great technically, is really fast with the ball and she really knows what she’s doing on the field. For her to know to lay it back in that situation was really good and it perfectly set up the goal. I couldn’t have asked for a better pass from her—she’s really good.”

Gerbasi then doubled the lead when she scored, courtesy of an assist from Ashley Acevedo, just before the end of the opening half.

Lakeland continued its great play in the second half, when Hayley Flanagan scored on an unassisted goal that put the Hornets up 3-0.

Senior Katherine Maurno, off an assist from Jhoely Duque, scored to make it 4-0.

“Most of the time when Jhoely and I play together, she’s on my side and I am the forward on her side,” Maurno said. “So the give and go’s that we have and the way that we know where each other will be on the field is how that goal came about. She just knew where I would be and passed it to me.”

Bloss finished the game’s scoring when she hooked up again with Gerbasi.

Lakeland’s offensive explosion was more than enough for the Hornets’ talented goalie tandem of Caley Doell (first half) and Nancy Paglioroli (second half), who combined to record the shutout.

“We worked together better,” Bloss said. “We started moving to the ball quicker, we really found each other. Our chemistry definitely grew in a matter of one game so we just need to keep playing the way we are. We really found each other with the passes and started to switch the ball and that made all the difference.”

The Hornets (1-1) will now look to use the rest of summer-league action to keep on improving and get ready for their highly anticipated regular season in the fall.

 “We just have to get better at shooting, get better at passing, you can always work on improving at those things,” Maurno said. “We also have to work with the JV girls to get them to help us, realize where we are on the field and get them to know how we play. That is going to be very important for us.”

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