OFA Boys, Girls, Suffer Tough Losses To Salmon River
BY DAVE SHEA
Even the though game turned on a quick strike in overtime, OFA Boys Soccer Coach Matt Morley credited his team for movement in the right direction after Monday's 2-1 NAC Central Division overtime loss to Salmon River.
"We are still making some mistakes but we are definitely doing a lot of good things out there. We are creating good scoring chances by moving the ball to the outside but we just couldn't put the ball in the net. Cooper Garvey played his best game of the season," said Coach Morley after his team played in its third overtime in a row.
"It was the kind of game that we are going to see all season in the league where there is a lot of parity. They scored in overtime off a corner kick but right before they scored we had a great chance off a corner kick where Greg (Mallott) got the a piece of the ball with is head but couldn't get enough of it to drive the ball into the net."
The OFA Girls fell to Salmon River 2-1 on the Shamrocks field.
Salmon River's Jarred Shope opened the scoring 8:47 into the game converting off a cross from Stone Chub. OFA answered with Connor Griffith scoring off a through pass from Karson LaRose.
In the overtime Clayton Jones redirected a corner kick from Kade Cook out of the range of a diving effort by OFA goalie Trent Lovely. Lovely and Dave Vernsey, who played the first half, finished with six saves. John Miller handled seven shots in the SR goal.
"This game was really a lot of fun. When you come to Ogdensburg you either play defense or you lose. We played good defense tonight and John Miller had some nice saves," sald SR Coach Tim Cook.
"I really like the way this team is developing on offense. We have different people who can score from different places. Tim Cook was outstanding in the midfield tonight."
In other NAC Central action on Monday Canton downed Potsdam 6-2 and Malone dropped a 3-1 decision to Northeastern Clinton.
OFA will host Massena at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
SR 2 - OFA 1: Salmon River came out strong and scored both goals in the first 10 minutes and then held off a determined OFA effort in a contest. Hailey Reed scored her third goal of the early season for the Lady Devils and Emily Jo Sovie was outstanding in net with 22 saves..
"Both teams were very physical . The girls really turned things around in the second half. Hailey Reed continued her scoring streak with the only goal. Saige Estes, Paige Merz, Julia L'Orange Haillee Farrand all makes some good moves on our offensive end," said OFA Coach Julie Hynes.
"Olivia Roberts Paige LaRock Samara LaFlair And Hailey Reed played solid defense and
Emily Jo Sovie had 22 saves. She a great player."
OFA returns to action on Friday hosting St. Lawrence Central.