Lady Knights Repeat OFA Girl Soccer Tournament Title
BY DAVE SHEA
Lisbon Central gave the host Blue Devils one chance for a rally in Wednesday night's championship game of the OFA Girls Soccer Championship before the Golden Knights broke away to a 5-0 victory and a repeat title.
The Golden Knights bolted out to a 2-0 lead.
Alexa McKee slammed the home the rebound of a Kallie Wood shot in a goalmouth scramble and after OFA keeper Siarra LaFlair blocked a point blank shot shot and a rebound Makayla Hyde converted a pretty pass from Emily Jordan with 11:11 remaining in the half.
OFA's chance for a comeback materialized on a handball call in the box but the Devils' Emily Jo Sovie drilled the ensuing penalty kick wide.
The Knights answered for a 3-0 halftime lead with Jordan converting a pk after providing a through pass which sprung Ava Murphy for a free run on goal which resulted in a foul in the box.
The Knights added second half goals on skillful plays by Hyde and Wood and went on to outshoot OFA 13-1. Hyde took a pass from Mikaela Buckley and buried a shot on a break on goal while warding off a defender and Wood scored with a delicate sharp angle chip shot in a scramble after a corner kick.
Jordan was honored as the Tournament's MVP after generating a series of big plays and quick runs and McKee earned an All-Tournament Award for her two-way excellence in the midfield.
OFA forward Emily Jo Sovie joined the Knight duo on the all-star team.
"Lisbon has great speed and six outstanding players. I told my girls not to feel bad because they lost to an outstanding team. Paige LaRock, Erin Perretta and Saige Estes really played strong games for us tonight" said OFA Coach Julie Hynes.
"Emily Jordan is just an outstanding player who sees the field so well and Alexa McKee made so many plays in the midfield."
Abby Flack stopped one shot in the shutout and Siarra LaFlair finished with seven saves for OFA.
Lisbon Coach Taylor Abar felt that her team's attitude allows the Knights to maximize the productivity of their talent.
"These girls work so hard and are so motivated and that is the key. We have so many girls on this team that bring something to the overall success," said Abar.
"We moved the ball so well tonight and it was great to start the season with a repeat championship."
Heuvelton 0 - Morristown 0: Two NAC West rivals played to an 90 minute scoreless draw in the consolation game of the OFA Tournament. Emma Showers handled six saves and ran down several crosses and through passes for the Green Rockets who produced their best scoring chance late in the second overtime when Carly Piercey broke free on the right flank and drilled a shot just wide of the goal.
Rayna Cameron posted the shutout in goal for Heuvelton who outshot Morristown 9-0.
While not being called upon to make a save Cameron came up with a key defensive play in the first overtime sprinting off a her line to break up a Morristown threat at the top of the penalty area.
"We controlled the game but when you do that you have to score," said Heuvelton Coach Gus Burns.
Honored as All-Tournamenrt selections were two hard-nosed two-way soccer standouts in Morristown's Anna Stout and Heuvelton's Megan Woodard.
"I knew coming in it probably be a sluggish game with the late game last night and school starting today. We survived the first half. Emma Showers had another solid game in the net and had a huge save on a ball she punched over the cross
bar," said Morristown Coach Chris Showers.
"We didn’t get much going offensively. Carly Piercey got loose late in the overtime and created are best scoring opportunity. We weren’t at our best but we battled and didn’t quit and that is huge going forward."
WILDCAT JVS REPEAT
Gouverneur also gained a repeat in the JV Championship games where the Lady Wildcats blanked OFA 5-0. Kaitlyn Gibson was honored as the tournament's MVP after playing all over the field and leading the offense for Coach Kurt Wells.