Maple Grove Girls Win Opener At Fredonia

FREDONIA — Despite their season-opening non-league game being cut short due to deteriorating weather conditions, Maple Grove beat Fredonia, 1-0, in girls soccer action.

The Red Dragons (1-0) pulled ahead early with a goal from Clare Crossley with nine minutes remaining in the first half. The ball bounced around in front of the net before Chloe Kibbe dropped a pass to Crossley, who connected from distance in the lower left corner of the net.

“It was a great shot,” Fredonia coach Brett Gould said.

The Hillbillies (0-1) had an opportunity to take a 1-0 lead earlier in the half, but the ball struck the goal post. Then, with only 8 seconds left in the first half, Laural Erick sent a free kick just over the crossbar. Had the shot went in, Fredonia would have been tied at the half with a team that was undefeated in the regular season a year ago.

“It just barely missed the crossbar,” Gould said.

While the teams were meeting at halftime, the weather turned enough so that both teams headed inside for shelter, just as they both did last season under the same circumstances. Once the teams were given the news that the game was called, both teams walked down the hallway to shake hands before heading to the locker room.

“That was a great thing to see,” Gould said. “No one else saw that, none of the parents or anything. They did the same thing last year when the game rained out.”

Kelly Gullo had seven saves for Fredonia while Addie Tanner had four saves for Maple Grove.