Late Goal Lifts Massena Girls Past OFA; Devil Boys Win
Updated: Oct 25, 2020
BY DAVE SHEA
OFA enjoyed some of its best offensive sequences of the season in the second half of Saturday's NAC Central Girls Soccer game against Massena.
But the half had a disappointing end as the Lady Raiders climbed to 3-0 by scoring on an own goal for a 2-1 win with just 39 seconds to play.
A totally opposite scenario played out in Massena as visiting OFA scored twice in the second half to gain a 2-0 victory.
MASSENA GIRLS 2 - OFA 1
After an OFA foul deep in the defensive area a Lady Raider direct kick set off a scramble in front of OFA goalie Emily Jo Sovie which ended with the ball deflecting off a defender and rolling into the net with 39 seconds to play.
But Coaches Julie Hynes and Doug Loffler were anything but disappointed with the effort.
"The girls played well, it was just so frustrating for the game to end that way," said Coach Hynes.
All three goals in the game came in the second half.
Liz Rogers of the Raiders opened the scoring converting off a pass from Auna Shadle. OFA countered with Saige Estes tying the score on a well-struck direct kick. Sabella Cromie stopped five shots for Massena and Emily Jo Sovie finished with eight stops for OFA.
Massena Coach Ryan Hayes saw the win as an important step as his team moves forward after being idled when COVID-19 cases in the village forced their school to go totally virtual for two weeks.
"It's been tough. This was only our third game but the girls are coming along," said Coach Hayes.
OFA slipped to 0-5 heading into the second half of the season with a home game against Malone.
Coach Loffler is looking for Lady Devils to build from Saturday's effort and improve.
"We had some of our best offensive passing plays of the season today. We had a very good effort and we had some good chances," said Coach Loffler.
"We just made a mistake at the end of the game when we didn't clear the ball and ended up committing foul. It was tough but we can learn from it."
OFA BOYS 2 - MASSENA 0
Karson LaRose delivered 11 shots on goal and scored twice in the second half as the Blue Devils reached the halfway point of the season with a 5-1 record. LaRose scored from Keighan Sias in fifth minute of the second half and converted off a pass from London Jackson with 13 minutes to play.
David Vernsey stopped seven shots for the shutout and Ethan Chatterson made 12 saves for Massena (0-3-0).
"Good game. We created a lot of chances. It was a solid team effort from back to front," said OFA Coach Matt Morley.
CANTON GIRLS 2 - POTSDAM 0
The Lady Bears scored in each half to complement a strong defensive effort. Amelia Rodee scored in the first half off a pass from Sydnee Francis and Francis converted from Ester Shipman in the second half. Bree Rogers made three saves in the shutout and Taylor Benda handled 10 shots for Potsdam.
CANTON BOYS 4, POTSDAM 0
Colin Taylor picked up two goals for 5-0 Canton which held the Central Division lead by blanking the Sandstoners (0-4). Christopher Schuckers and Nicholas Eastrabrooks also scored for the Golden Bears (5-0) and Matt Haycook passed out an assist.
Parker Hunt made one save for the shutout and Anson Herrick made 20 saves valiantly defending the Potsdam goal.
CHATEAUGAY GIRLS 2 - BRUSHTON-MOIRA 0
Jordyn Holbrook scored unassisted and Chloe Champagne scored from Olivia Cook as Chateaugay prevailed with two first half goals. Emma Staples stopped 10 shots for the shutout.
"Really nice win today against a quality team on a cold day in Chateaugay. I was really pleased with how we played today. We were patient offensively and passed the ball really well, which allowed us to control the game. Our defense was solid and didn’t give much up today. We were able to keep constant pressure on their defense throughout," said Chateaugay Coach Jason LaPlante.
"We had a hard time getting that first goal. Jordyn had a really nice strike that got us in the board. It was fun to watch. Bleak and Secore did a nice job defensively and so did Racheal Jarvis off the bench. Liv and Cammi attacked up front and just continued to make their defense work. Kylee was all over the field. Chloe did everything today, controlling the field and setting people up. Very proud of our effort today."
COLTON-PIERRPONT BOYS 2 - BRUSHTON-MOIRA 0
Ollie Johnson scored both goals one in each half as the 5-2 Colts won their fifth straight game. The first goal was assisted by Cody Francis and the second one was assisted by Aiden Hoose. Harlee Besio stopped two shots in the shutout and B-M's Web and Gagnon combined for 11 saves.
COLTON-PIERREPONT GIRLS 4, TUPPER LAKE 0
Alexus Cuthbert delivered one goal and one assists to spark the Colts who climbed to 6-1 in the NAC East. Kendall LaMora made five saves to blank Tupper Lake (0-3-2). Maura Richards, Savanna Smith and Kaitlyn Houston also scored for C-P.
MALONE 5, SALMON RIVER 1
Hans Schumacher delivered two goals and and one assist for the Huskies (3-2) .
Ryan Johnston also scored twice and Trent King netted a single tally. Cayde Lazore-Jacobs scored for Salmon River (3-3).
MALONE 3, SALMON RIVER 0
Ryleigh McCauley connected for all three goals for the Huskies (2-3) against the Shamrocks (1-5, 0-5). Madison Ansari and Taylor Covey combined to make eight saves for the Huskies (2-3).