Golden Goal Lifts Golden Knights To Tournament Title
Updated: Sep 1, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
The Golden Goal went to a Golden Knight.
Freshman Issac LaRock converted a rebound opportunity 3:30 into the first sudden victory overtime as Lisbon downed host OFA 2-1 in fast-paced championship game of the 26th annual Gerry Cring Memorial Boys Soccer Tournament on Saturday night.
"It has been a while since Lisbon has won this tournament so this was definitely a huge win. It was great game both teams just went all our whenever they got control of the ball. It was a very physical soccer game" said Lisbon Coach Dicky Marcellus.
"We talk all the time about getting shots on goal and Karter Jordan did that and Issac LaRock was right there for the rebound."
LaRock's game-winner completed the Golden Knights (2-0) comeback from a 1-0 deficit. He lifted the ball high into net after OFA's sophomore goalie Trent Lovely made a diving save on a hard shot by Karter Jordan but couldn't cover the rebound.
"Trent Lovely played great tonight. He made the save but he just couldn't get control of the rebound. It was a tough loss but it was a good game" said OFA Coach Matt Morley.
OFA took a 1-0 lead 11:16 before halftime when Connor Griffith controlled a long through pass from sweeper Gregg Mallott and buried a shot past a diving effort by Lisbon keeper Hayden McBath. Lisbon pulled even with 18:39 remaining in regulation when Miles Gendebien headed a Jackson LaRock corner kick into the net.
Lisbon sweeper Ben LaRock was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament an d Karter Jordan of the Knights and Connor Griffith of OFA received George Mattison Awards as All-Tournament selections.
"Picking our awards was very difficult. We had eight guys who could have been All-Tournament or MVP. Ben LaRock and Karter Jordan both had two outstanding games and Karter played one of best games tonight in the midfield," said Lisbon Coach Dikky Marcellus.
"We made one mistake and they capitalized but we didn't make another big mistake. It was great to play a game like this early in the season. OFA is a good team with a lot of speed up top."
The Knights managed to control the game's momentum going down the stretch according to OFA Coach Matt Morley.
"We just weren't able to sustain things in the second half like we did in the first half," he said.
"Lisbon really took it to us late in the game."
Late in the game both goalies came up with critical saves.
"Trent Lovely (7 saves) snatched a close range shot by Miles Gendebien out of the air and Lisbon's Hayden McBath (6 saves) used a leaping lefthanded deflection to steer a Connor Griffith corner kick after from the top right hand corner of the net.
Brushton-Moira held off Homer 3-2 to win the consolation game and Chateaugay defeated OFA 5-1 in the Junior Varsity Championship Game.
B-M 3 - Homer 2: The Panthers (1-1) rode three first half counter-attack goals and several deep defensive stops in the final 10 minutes of the game to secure a victory in the consolation game. Homer sustained offensive pressure down the stretch of the game after Dave Sokolik scored from close range to pull the Trojans within one goal.
Coach Kevin Douglass' team pressed for the equalizer until the final seconds where B-M keeper George Webb (14 saves) handled a hard low shot.
All-Tournament selection Justin Kennedy scored two goals for B-M and Wayne Palmer III scored once.
Jacob Karam scored in the first half for Homer.
CHATEAUGAY JVS WIN
Charteaugay scored three times in the last 25 minutes to down OFA 5-1 in the junior varsity championship game. Lucas Monnett was honored as the JV MVP and Gunnaer McLellan tallied the lone OFA goal.