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Morristown Girls Win; Pirates Rally Past H-D

Updated: Oct 11

Morristown overcame a slow start and a fast finish by Harrisville derailed Hermon-DeKalb's drive for an opening day in Saturday's NAC West Girls Soccer action.

Morristown downed Norwood-Norfolk 1-0 which has rotated into the NAC for the current season and Harrisville dropped H-D 4-3 in overtime.

MORRISTOWN 1 - NORWOOD-NORFOLK 0

Maddy Gagnon came off the bench to set up Laurell Vinch for the only goal of the game and Emma Showers came up with some clutch stops in a 10-save shutout.

"Late in the first half Maddy Gagnon came off the bench and gave us a spark She was able send a nice ball to Laurell Vinch on the outside and she put a well placed 20 yd shot into the wind into the back of net," said Morristown Coach Chris Showers.

"We got off to a slow start and Norwood-Norfolk is a really good team. They came right at us. Emma Wells is very dangerous player. She had a lot of nice runs for them."

Norwood AD and staff did a great job with handling what seemed like a pretty busy day there. The facilities were great. Also it’s not often Officials get credit but Justin Todd did an outstanding job as he was all by himself in the second half."

The Green Rockets will return to action visiting Lisbon on Tuesday and hosting Hammond in their Senior Game on Wednesday. "It’s always nice to get that first win. We will continue to work on the fundamentals and get better. This week we play Lisbon and Hammond and those are always tough contests," said Coach Showers.

"We started to come alive in last 10 minutes of the first half. Mia Johnson really had a strong game in midfield. Our midfield really had to work hard as we only had 13 players today. Carly Piercey showed flashes off her ability. She had strong runs all over the field. I thought in the second half both teams made some good runs. Emma Showers (MCS) and Shelby Vallance (NN) made timely athletic saves to take away any scoring opportunities." HARRISVILLE 4, HERMON-DEKALB 3 (OT)

Eighth grader Evelyn Winters scored three goals, including the winner in the third minute of overtime and also assisted on the game-tying goal, scored by Torie Moore with nine minutes to play in overtime.

H-D jumped out to a 2-0 lead on two goals by Audri Tehonica, one unassisted and one set up by Ellie McQuade. Winters cut the lead to 2-1 at the half assisted by Torie Moore. The Demons' Hannah Gollinger opened the second half scoring for a 3-1 lead but the Pirates gained an overtime reprieve as White with 19:04 remaining and set up Moore for the tying goal with 9:51 left in regulation.

Megan Kackinson made 21 saves to help buffer H-D's 27-12 shots on goal advantage and Natalie Apel finished with five saves for H-D.

Carly Piercey breaks downfield for Morristown in Saturday's win. (Katherine Showers PhotoS)





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