By Mike DeFabo
Times West Virginian
Playing goalie is considered among the most difficult tasks in sports.
It requires practice to master the fundamentals, guts to go out of the net to challenge forwards and most of all quick instincts to stop point-blank shots.
That is, unless the goalie is Fairmont Senior’s Renzy Cochran, whose toughest task Tuesday at East-West Stadium was trying to avoid boredom.
Fairmont Senior dominated Tyler Consolidated, limiting the Knights to just a single shot en route to a 10-0 victory.
“Sometimes I don’t know what to do with myself,” Cochran said. “I kind of just swing back and forth.”
If nothing else, Cochran had the best seat in the house to watch the Polar Bears’ high-powered offense in action.
Gabi Mascaro led the way for the Polar Bears with a hat trick, at least her third three-goal game of the season. The senior also assisted on two goals off the foot of Eviana Barnes.
Mascaro, who has assisted on all three of Barnes’ goals this season, called the freshman her “little protege.”
“When all the freshmen came in during summer workouts, I immediately noticed Eviana,” Mascaro said. “She had speed and she had foot skills and I was like, ‘You are my protege! I’m going to make you into a scoring machine!’”
Mascaro’s compliments very well could extend to about a dozen other players on Fairmont Senior’s team. Maddie Craig, Sofia Sansalone, Megan Wilt, Sarah Topardo and Avery Towns also scored in the blowout victory.
Seven of the 10 goals came from underclassmen, a testament to the Polar Bears’ depth.
“They’re all hungry to get out there and perform and put goals in the back of the net,” Fairmont Senior coach Ryann Moore said. “It’s nice to have them that confident and ready to go as underclassmen.”
The plethora of offensive weapons helped to fill the void left by injured seniors Maddie Stevenski (shins) and Ivey Nucilli (ankle). Both sat out the game in an attempt to recover.
Moore said she hopes the time off helps the two seniors heal in time for the post season. Their status for Thursday’s season finale is still unclear, but the way the replacements stepped up, Moore won’t have to worry about rushing them back.
“It continues to show their heart and determination,” Moore said. “Every single person with a jersey on wants to be on the field and wants to be excelling as team. I think it says a lot about their character all the way through the bench.”
The Polar Bears wrap up their season Thursday at East-West Stadium against Preston. Then they’ll begin the post-season and a quest for redemption at the state title after falling just short in the championship game last season.
Fairmont Senior has earned a bye on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The Bears will play the the winner of Tuesday’s East Fairmont-Braxton County game on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.
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