OFA, Lisbon To Meet For Tournament Title
BY DAVE SHEA
The ability to play with the lead and come from behind were classically put on display on Tuesday as the host Blue Devils and Lisbon advanced to Wednesday night's championship game of the OFA Girls Soccer Tournament.
Lisbon scored two second half goals in a 2-0 NAC West victory over Heuvelton and OFA made a concerted comeback effort to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit and down Morristown 2-1.
The 4 p.m. JV finale will see OFA and Gouverneur playing for the title after the Devils shaded Madrid-Waddington 1-0 and Gouverneur dropped Brushton-Moira 8-1. The varsity consolation and championship games are scheduled for 6 and 8 p.m.
OFA 2 - Morristown 1: "We had to make some changes at halftime so we moved Emily Jo Sovie from goal and to play up front and she teamed with Rachel Ramie to give us great speed up there and create opportunities," said OFA Coach Julie Hynes.
"And Siarra LaFlair did a great job in goal with a big save in the closing seconds. Their goalie (Emma Showers) also made some big stops and Morristown is a good team."
Hailey Reed converted the Devils' best two chances to erase a well-conceived Morristown goal in the first half where Mia Johnson used a nice through ball to send Carly Piercey free for a 1 Vs 1 break on goal.
The Devils pulled even at 1-1 with 5:33 remaining in the game breaking through 10 minutes after Morristown's keeper Emma Showers made a diving stop on a penalty shot and covered a rebound shot from the right wing to highlight a 22-save effort. Hailey Reed tied the game in a scramble after a corner kick chesting a rebound shot by Emily Jo Sovie and pushing it over the goalline.
"Emily Jo told Hailey that she gave her that goal but it doesn't matter we got the ball in the net and tied the game," said Coach Hynes.
"Hailey Reed really stepped up on offense along with Erin Perretta and Sadie O'Neil."
Reed netted the game winner with 41 seconds left in the first overtime controlling the block of a Morristown clear deep in the defensive zone and neatly chipping the ball from the right flank back into the left side of the net.
"We got off to a fast start. Mia Johnson fed Carly Piercey a nice ball early and she put in the back of net. We had a couple of other chances but couldn’t convert. We knew OFA was going come at us in the second half and they did. Emma Showers had two huge saves on a pk and then the rebound," said Morristown Coach Chris Showers.
"We kinda lost our legs for about 10 minutes and they capitalized on a corner kick late. Hailey Ward made some nice runs late in the game and in overtime but just couldn’t find the net. They got the early goal in the overtime and we battled until the end. Carly Piercey had a nice shot that rattled of the cross bar and we had another chance on the rebound in the last 15 seconds. It was a good effort. But we now have to put it behind us and get ready for Heuvelton. "
Sovie and LaFlair combined for seven saves in the OFA goal.
Lisbon 2 - Heuvelton 0: Emily Jordan scored a break-through goal with 33:02 to play and set up an insurance goal by Julia Rishe seven minutes later as Lisbon won the latest rivalry game with Heuvelton.
"We moved Emily around tonight because she was being marked and she scored a great goal. All of the girls really moved the ball well" said Lisbon Coach Taylor Abar.
"She was one of our young players who played aggressively and never backed down on any ball. Rachel LaRock was just a rock on defense at stopper, Olivia McLear played very strong at sweeper and distributed the ball and Abby Flack made some big saves early while we were settling down and then came up with a big save right before the half."
Jordan tallied the eventual winning goal taking a lead pass from Kallie Wood, making long run down the right wing and drilling well struck high shot which found its way back into the left side of the net.
Julia Rishe converted off a short pass from Jordan to score the insurance goal lofting a shot which sailed over a save attempt by Cameron (6 saves) and just under the crossbar.
JV FINAL SET
Azlyn Richards scored the only goal of the game and Emma Chapman and Olivia Merrill combined on the shutout as OFA moved into the JV Championship game.
"It was a good win. We moved the ball well and played some solid defense, said OFA JV Coach Doug Loffler.
"Tomorrow will be a very tough game, Gouverneur has an outstanding team.
AROUND THE NAC
In other Girls Soccer action on Tuesday Chateaugay downed Salmon River 1-0 in a nonleague game and Tupper Lake bear Willsboro 3-2 in an intersectional matchup. In Boys nonleague action Indian River downed Gouverneur 4-1.