Unbeaten Naples Big Green Soccer (4-0) hosts Marcus Whitman Wildcats (1-3) on Saturday morning at 10AM at Schenk Field located in the valley at Naples Community Park.
Whitman started their 2020 campaign with a 3-0 victory at winless Red Jacket (0-4) and hopes for a great season ahead were high.
Then came three straight home losses to Bloomfield (3-1), Waterloo (1-4), and Honeoye (3-1).
Naples has earned the moniker of “Road Warriors” as three of their four wins have come away from the familiar confines of The Schenk.
The Big Green’s season lid lifter was a 4-3 win at Bloomfield that resulted from a game winner knocked down by Player Of The Game Carolelyn LaPrairie with just 5.7 seconds left to play. A convincing 5-1 home win over Dundee/Bradford (0-3), and road wins at Honeoye and Red Jacket have the Big Green hitting on all eight cylinders.
Leading the way offensively for Whitman is Sophomore Aurora Woodworth with two goals.
Leading the Big Green in offense is catalyst Senior LaPrairie with four goals and an assist for 11 points. Right behind her is Junior Kasey Hall with three goals and two apples for eight points (and a yellow card).
Tending net for the Wildcats has been a platoon thing between Sophomore Abby Kornbau (10S/2GA/240M) and Junior Evelyn Lambert (6S/3GA/80M) while Naples has been anchored by Junior Jesse Gordon (43S/6GA/320M).
Whitman brings a deep, but young bench to the valley with just four Seniors, and more than half of their roster being Sophomores (10 of them).
Conversely Naples celebrated Senior Night with seven Seniors on the roster.
Head Coaches are Greg O’Connor for Whitman, and Frank Gleichauf for Naples.
Gametime weather is forecast to be a mostly sunny 43 degrees with humidity at 62% which might make conditions a little moist.
Can Whitman put any shots on frame against the Big Green defense and Gordon? Can Naples continue to dominate the middle using the Twin Towers of LaPrairie and Hall? Time will tell, and you can catch all of the action LIVE thanks to all of our amazing sponsors, and the efforts of Michelle Webb and Naples boosters.
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