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Lady Devils' Effort Honors Soccer Mom Amy Perretta

BY DAVE SHEA

The OFA Girls Soccer team entered Saturday's Section 10 Class B game suffering the effects of a heart-breaking loss of Amy Perretta who passed away Wednesday after an heroic and prolonged battle against cancer. The fourth-seeded Lady Devils came away after a heart-breaking 2-1 loss which ended their season.

Salmon River advanced to a semi-final game against top seeded NAC Central Champion Potsdam.

Ms. Perretta was the mother Jaylene Dawley who graduated last season and very close to the Lady Devils especially the seniors according a grief stricken coach Julie Hynes. Coach Hynes went to say that the effort of her team superceded the game's outcome and that Amy Perretta would have been proud of "her girls".

"Today’s playoff day was dedicated to our soccer mom Amy Perretta. The team decided to honor Amy as she was such a big part of all of our lives. Our girls played their hearts out," said Coach Hynes.

"Thank you to all my seniors Erin Perretta, Logan Beach, Hailee Farrand,Taylor Bell,Katie Weber, Julia LOrange, Siarra and Samara LaFlair. You are great players and role models for your younger teammates. Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy to have been part of a roller coaster season. I also want to thank my fellow coaches Tim Richards, George Beaulieu and Misty Fishel. Without them I couldn't have done it."

SALMON RIVER ADVANCES

Joryan Adams scored a pair of first half goals for Salmon River, one unassisted and one off an assist from Martha Snyder. Erin Perretta scored OFA's lone goal with 33:39 remaining in the game by directing a perfectly struck corner kick by Sadie O'Neill into the net.

Yenastanunhan Thompson fielded six saves for SR and Emily Jo Sovie collected 12 saves for OFA.

"Today’s playoff game with Salmon River was a classic playoff game. Salmon River came out strong in the first 10 minutes and scored six minutes into the game. Joryan Adams is tough to control. She scored both goals. Brinley Frederick, Paige LaRock and Samara LaFlair marked her well," said Coach Hynes.

"We are a defensive team. But, OFA had several beautiful opportunities to score in the second half. Sadie ONeil, Hailey Reed Erin Perretta, Paige LaRock, and Saige Estes had some great one touch passes. Erin Perretta scored from Sadie ONeil and our momentum changed. It was a matter of timing. It was a tough loss, but I’m still so proud of our second half. OFA outplayed them in my mind . Julia L’Orange Olivia Roberts and Siarra LaFlair were solid on the defense. They handled a solid Salmon offense. Emily Jo Sovie had 12 great saves. Emily can play anywhere and I’m thankful she took the challenge to step in after we didn’t have another goalie. I’m proud of our effort and wish Salmon River the best of luck. It was a great game."

AMY PERRETTA VISITATION

A visitation for Amy Jo Perretta, 43, of Ogdensburg will be held on Friday, November 1,  from 1-3 pm at the LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.  Ms. Perretta died on Wednesday evening, October 23, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family and under the care of Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley. Entombment will be private in the Foxwood Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the direction of LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.

Amy Jo Perretta was born on February 7, 1976, in Ogdensburg, the daughter of John T. & Deborah K. (Andrews) Perretta.  She graduated from Morristown High School in 1994. She went on to study Criminal Justice at North Country Community College where she played Soccer and Softball.  She then transferred to Utica College of Syracuse University where she would earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  She was employed by Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, Inc, as a Family Support Case Coordinator.  She previously worked for United Helpers in Ogdensburg.  She was a fan of the New York Yankees.  Amy loved life and lived on her own terms.  She adored her children, Amy loved her family, her friends, and her nieces and nephews. 

She is survived by her parents, John & Deborah, of  Morristown, NY; a companion, Tim Dawley of Ogdensburg; her children; Jaylene May Dawley, Kaleb William Dawley, and Lukas Douglas Dawley, She is survived by her brother;  David J. Perretta and his wife Sarah of Hammond, and her sister, Andria M. Johnson and her husband Jeff of Brier Hill, NY.  She is also survived by her nieces  and nephews; Dominic and Hunter Perretta and Sidney, Mia, Ava and Wyatt Johnson, and many special aunts, uncles and cousins. 

She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents; Victor and Jean Perretta, maternal grandparents; Donald and Susan Andrews and her Uncle Douglas Andrews.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Richard E. Winters Cancer Center  5 Lyon Place Ogdensburg, NY 13669.

The players and coaches point to heaven to honor theirs "soccer mom" Amy Perretta who passed away after long and heroic battle against cancer. (Photo provided By Julie Hynes)

OFA's Erin Perretta pushes the ball upfield in a rush against the Salmon River goal with Lynsay Martin providing close defense.

OFA Girls Soccer Coach Julide Hynes said it was a dream come true to coach her daughter Erin Perretta.

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