ESM had a non-league game at Solvay last Monday night, staying patient early and pulling away late to beat the Bearcats 3-1.
Only 1-1 at the half thanks to a goal by Solvay’s Nicole Antonacci, the Spartans clamped down on defense the rest of the way, giving ESM ample time to get back in front – which it did.
Greiner, Natalie O’Brien and Lauren Ott each had a goal for ESM, with Steinhauer, Claire Maring and Caitlin Gagen picking up assists. Goodhines blanked Solvay in the second half and made four saves overall.
A night later, hosting Cortland, ESM again started slowly, but kept it 0-0 until a big second-half surge overwhelmed the Purple Tigers and produced another 3-1 victory.
O’Brien scored again, as did Gagen and Sarah Britton, with Ott, Steinhauer and Hailey DeVona each producing one assist as the Spartans delivered the same scoring balance it showed against Solvay. Goodhines was busier, but stopped seven of eight shots she faced.
ESM, is home next week for games against Fulton and Chittenango. J-D, who had its game with West Genesee rescheduled to Oct. 7, also plays Fulton this week after first taking on Cortland.