BATH TWP. — Riley Vickerts had a message for the rest of Division II after the Buckeye girls soccer team beat Revere 5-1 in non-league play Monday.
“Watch out because we’re coming after you,” she said.
With the way the Bucks (5-1) completely dismantled the defending Suburban League American Conference champion Minutemen (2-4-1), it is safe to say they have everyone’s attention.
While four losses, Revere might look bad, but two of its previous defeats came to defending Austintown Division I District champion North Canton Hoover and district finalist Massillon Jackson.
“It means a lot,” Buckeye midfielder Fallon Joyce said. “I think we can beat anyone if we play the way we did tonight.”
Joyce laced two goals in the upper 90 and finished with a hat trick, but her assist had everyone “oohing” and “ahhing” the most.
With the score tied at halftime, Joyce took a pass near the top of the box and sent a back-heel pass to Sydney Palcisko, who drilled a shot to the lower right corner with 26:45 left.
That opened the floodgates, as the Bucks scored three times in the next 12 minutes.
“I don’t know if I can say enough about Fallon,” Bucks coach Derrick Gullen said. “She’s a captain for a reason. She shows it on and off the field. It’s her work. The work ethic, the practice, it’s the same thing.”
Vickerts finished with a goal and assist, with Gabby Glancy and Betsy Schley adding helpers.
The Bucks outshot the Minutemen 7-3 in the second half and completely dominated play the final 20 minutes.
“The girls knew who (the Minutemen) were,” Gullen said. “They knew what this meant. Coming into it, they were able to hype themselves up.
“This was a huge game for us. I’m hoping they want to carry this on. If they realize, ‘OK, if we can play with them, we can play with the others.’ We just have to transition ourselves from one game to the next.”
Lost in the offensive outburst — Buckeye has scored at least five goals in all its wins — was an incredible defensive effort by keeper Julianne Finley (7 saves).
While the Bucks weren’t able to record the shutout, Adison Novosel’s goal off a direct kick near the end of the first half would have probably been good against any goalie.
When the senior wasn’t making stops, Jessica Girard, Lydia Healy, Emma Rzicznek, Maddie Tanner, Ellen Schley and Palcisko were stuffing Revere.
“They never let me down,” Finley said. “They’re always first to the ball and if they’re not, they make sure they recover back. They just never give up and I appreciate that.
“We lost 3-1 last year, so to come back and beat them 5-1, that’s so much better.”
Buckeye and Revere played to a 2-2 tie in the junior varsity contest. Alexa Atlasy had a goal and assist for the Bucks. Madison Aburgey scored the other goal for Buckeye, while Capri Thomas registered an assist.
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