MORAVIA — A focus for the Blue Devils has been to play more offensively. As its game against the Olympians carried on, Moravia followed through on that goal.

Despite picking up its offensive pace in the second half, Moravia girls soccer fell to Marathon 6-2 on Wednesday. The Blue Devils fell behind the Olympians 4-1 in the first half and were outscored by one in the final 40 minutes. 

Allie Genson scored both of the goals for the Blue Devils, once in each half. Briana Dowd was credited with an assist on one goal, while Angie Oliver also recorded an assist.

Genson's goal in the second half came after Dowd centered a pass to the middle that was deflected by the Marathon goaltender right to Genson, who slid and buried her second tally of the game.

Despite the early deficit, Moravia head coach Melina Sheppard was pleased with how her team rebounded in the second half and challenged Marathon to play in its own end more frequently. Part of that was due to an adjustment made to the scoring unit.

"One of our new people on the forward line is Gabby Kehoe. She is usually our goaltender, but we've put (Isabella) Rutledge in goal," Sheppard said. "Gabby is very good up there because she knows what it's like on defense, so she's spacing herself where she needs to be and working with the rest of the girls."

Kehoe isn't the only player on Moravia's team switching positions. It's been a point of emphasis for Sheppard to put players in new spots so the team can be more flexible.

"We're trying people in different places because they're used to playing where they've always played," Sheppard said. "We're trying to be flexible so that when we do have girls go down, we can have girls fill in where we need to."

While the Blue Devils have struggled to pick up wins through the midpoint of the season, they are a veteran group that has improved each time out.

"I have a group of eight seniors this year, so we're definitely senior strong," Sheppard said. "About six of them have played three-plus years. We have some new players that we're trying to fit in, along with a girl from Finland (Salla Makinen). They're a good group of girls that's just trying to sync together."

Moravia (1-6) travels to Southern Cayuga on Friday. Sheppard hopes her team can continue to generate chances and increase its goal totals.

"It's really just scoring," Sheppard said. "I felt like we were more offensively strong today than we usually are ... I feel we're usually defending. It's getting the ball to the other half of the field instead of just protecting our goal. One of the goals the girls had this year was to score more because they didn't so much last year, so that's the main thing we're trying to work on."

Sports writer Justin Ritzel can be reached at 282-2257 or at justin.ritzel@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenRitz.

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