ARLINGTON -- Last year, the Arlington Memorial High School girls soccer team faced Wednesday's opponent, Twinfield, in the Division-IV semifinal with the Eagles coming out on top by a single goal.

Well, this is a different year and two different teams. But the fourth-seeded Eagles still had the upper hand.

Becca Bushee scored three goals, all in the second half, in the Eagles' 7-2 opening round playdown victory over the No. 13 Trojans at the Arlington Rec. Park.

"It's great to see her score as many goals, her best offensive game [of the year]," said Arlington coach Dan Wood. "She was in the right place at the right time."

Arlington (9-4-1) had the run of play from the opening whistle and nearly scored a goal in the first few minutes, but Rayleen Sherman fired a shot that hit the post and bounced out.

A few minutes later, another shot from Sherman hit the post. But this time, Avery Bucchieri was in front of the net to head it past Twinfield (2-12-1) goaltender Rose Wilson to take a 1-0 lead.

"The ball was up [in Twinfield's end] the whole time and we couldnt get a goal," Sherman said. "Once it fell, we knew we needed to start playing."

Arlington out-shot the Trojans 29-5.

"That was the second time we hit the post," Wood sid. "They packed the box with six players and it demoralized them when we finally scored."

Molly Elwell made it 2-0 five minutes later, scoring her 12th goal of the year off a precision corner kick by Mazie Holton.

"We got some tough goals," Wood said. "Rayleen is a workhorse up front, the offense goes through her.


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Arlington scored five times in the second half to pull away. Bushee scored her first goal less than four minutes in to give Arlington a 3-0 advantage.

"Becca was in the right spot at the right time," Sherman said. "That's what we need all the time. She was in the perfect spot."

Sherman made it 4-0 at the 32:24 mark, blasting through three Twinfield defenders and firing a shot off the goalie's hands for her 20th tally of the year.

"Once we scored that goal, we started to tack them right on," Wood said.

Elwell scored her second of the day off an assist from Sherman, then Bushee was credited with a goal after the ball went off a Twinfield defender into her own net.

"We're young, we've had that problem all year long, it's nothing any different," said Twinfield coach Kim Dickinson. "We only have two seniors."

Shelby Marcotte got one goal back with 16:34 left, but Bushee scored her third goal 19 seconds later as Bucchieri offered the assist.

"The defense played well, we're happy with 7-2, and we'll move on to the next round," Wood said. "It's always good to start on the right foot. This could have been 10-0. We got to play everyone at least 20 minutes, that was real nice."

The seven goals matched the offensive output from last year's opening round matchup when the Eagles beat Whitcomb 7-0.

Arlington will battle No. 5 Mount St. Joseph on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Arlington Rec Park in the Division IV quarterfinal. MSJ beat No. 12 Rochester 7-0.

"It feels good to win," Sherman said. "This is the first step to the journey; we're ready for anything to come at us."