Boardman's Janeen Masternick dedicated her four-goal performance for her parents' anniversary and her father's birthday.
By JOHN BUTERA
BOARDMAN -- With her parents celebrating their anniversary and her father celebrating his birthday, Janeen Masternick wanted to come up with a special present.
She did just that.
Masternick achieved her goal of four goals Tuesday night, as the Boardman High girls soccer team had little trouble with Salem, topping the Quakers, 7-0.
"I'm really happy with myself," said Masternick. "I usually set goals for each game and try to reach them. Tonight, I was able to do that. My goal [was] to score four times for my dad's birthday, and for their anniversary."
Special player: Boardman coach Fawzi Mujahed said of Masternick, who leads the team in goals with seven: "She's a great athlete and she listens to how she is coached. I believe she is one of the best in the area, and you'll see just how many more goals she'll score."
As far as the team's performance, Mujahed concluded, "that's just what we needed."
Maggie Mills added the remaining three goals for Boardman (2-0).
Salem, meanwhile, played its first game of the season.
Quakers' coach George Hunter said, "That is a really good Boardman team. They are much better than we thought they would be, and I'm sure they are going to give other teams fits.
"As for us, we graduated seven starters, and it's very early. Still, I saw some good things, and we hope to build on those."
1-2 punch: Masternick scored less than one minute into the game, after which Mills came up with a semi-breakaway shot at 27:15 to make the score 2-0.
Masternick scored again at 21:51, this time getting an assist from Brittny Sirak who did a fine job of getting the ball off her back.
Masternick scored again just 2:24 before intermission. This shot looked like it was going wide of the goal, but at the last second hooked in as Salem goalie Matte DeJane didn't even make a play.
4-0 at the half: By intermission, Boardman was on top 4-0 and had 15 shots on goal while Salem had only four.
Masternick resumed her scoring at 33:44 of the second half by beating three defenders on an assist from Deanna Hinkle. Masternick blasted the shot from about 28 yards.
Then DeJane came up with an outstanding save of a shot by Pamela Prystash at 27:44, but Masternick was right there to score on the rebound.
Then with 7:11 remaining, Mills scored her third goal of the contest, giving her six on the season.