MADISON TOWNSHIP — Ontario vanquished four seasons worth of demons Tuesday evening at STARTEK Stadium.
Kyla Spencer and Mariah Cook each scored a pair of goals as the Warriors cruised to a 5-1 win over Madison.
The win was the first for Ontario (11-2-3) over its cross-county rival since Aug. 31, 2017. Madison was 6-0-1 in the previous seven meetings before Monday.
Spencer got things going with a highlight reel goal in the 18th minute. The high-scoring junior forward got loose behind the Madison defense as the Madison goal keeper left her line. The two arrived at the ball at roughly the same time and Spencer knocked the ball into the back of the net just before colliding being upended to make it 1-0 with 22:45 remaining in the first half.
Cook would add the first of her two free kick goals about four minutes later, giving the Warriors a 2-0 advantage.
“She’s been somebody that’s really been our heart from the middle of the season until now,” Ontario coach Larry Atkibnson said of Cook. “She’s been spot-on. She had three goals (in Monday’s 11-0 win over Shelby) and she’s sicker than a dog. She’s fought through that.”
The Warriors extended their lead to 3-0 midway through the second half when Elaina Seif’s shot toward goal hit off a Madison defender’s back and into the net. Cook’s second free kick goal gave the Warriors a 4-0 lead before Madison got on the board on a header from Marisah Atterholt with 7:12 remaining. Spencer capped it with a rebound goal with 5:59 remaining, her 23rd goal of the season.
The Rams (6-8) played without leading scorer Nevaeh Lewis, who missed the last two games for violating team rules.
“I told the girls it means nothing,” Madison coach Zac Huff said of the loss. “The game here in a couple of weeks, hopefully we’ll get to see them again in the district finals. If they make it and if we make it, hopefully we get to play them again.”