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BIRMINGHAM >> One goal in each half and a consistent effort throughout gave Rochester Adams the leg up it needed to dispatch Birmingham Seaholm 2-0.
The Highlanders were on their heels at times in the opening and closing 10 minutes of action, but kept the scoresheet clean.
“I was pleased with our effort and work rate,” Adams coach Josh Hickey said. “That’s what we’ve been working on because the talent is there. We have 21 pieces who can all play, which is a scenario that doesn’t always come. Throughout the season we’ve had good games, but had never put forth a complete 80-minute effort with hard work and intensity, but we did today.”
The Highlanders got on the board with 8:18 remaining in the opening half when they were awarded a dangerous free kick opportunity from 25 yards away in the center of the field.
Adams’ Jordan Tjhung teed up a chance for Remini Tillotson to step into a booming shot that found a crease between a crowd of oncoming Maples players and slipped inside the post for a 1-0 Highlanders lead. “We played it as an indirect, which was interesting, and it worked,” Hickey said. “Remini was able to have a good shot.”
Adams was robbed of another first-half tally by Seaholm defender Cate Brown, who made a save on the goal line while covering the vacated net. “I was actually pretty pleased with my defense for the most part,” Maples coach Manny Rodrigues said. “The silly free kick we let go got them up 1-0, but then we started pushing a bit at the end.”
In the second half, the Highlanders doubled their lead to 2-0 with a goal by Ashlyn Koby with 25:40 remaining. A pass to Koby through a congested box allowed her to shoot to the far post past the diving goalkeeper. “A great individual effort from Koby after she got the ball. She had a tough angle on it and put it side netting,” Hickey said.
After winning the OAA White Division a year ago and finishing 18-1-1, the Maples elevated to the Red Division this season. Seaholm dropped to 5-4 with the loss.
Adams, which won the Red Division in 2018, upped its record to 4-2-3 start against one of the state’s most rigorous slate of opponents.