OFA, Massena Tie At 2-2
MASSENA - OFA and Massena had combined for six ties as they entered Friday's NAC Central Boys Soccer game at the Raiders' Mike Nicholas Field.
The draw total rose to seven after a 2-2 deadlock where Massena scored two tying goals.
Holden Woods opened the scoring for OFA converting off a Connor Smith pass and a Nolan O'Donnell throw-win in fourth minute of the first half. Massena earned a 1-1 halftime tie 16 minutes later when Ethan Chatterton scored off an assist from Garrett Engstrom.
OFA gained a 2-1 lead in the 14th minute of the second half when Connor Griffith headed home a corner kick by Karson LaRose. Five minutes later Aiden Laughman scored unassisted for Massena to create a tie which stood through 20 minutes of overtime.
The tie kept OFA (4-2-3 Central, 5-5-3) unbeaten in its last four games and left Massena with a 1-4-3 division record and 1-5-4 overall mark.
Ryan Herrick stopped five shots in the Massena goal and David Vernsey stopped seven shots for OFA which continued to create scoring chances in flurries according to Coach Matt Morley.
"We fought hard but couldn't finish some of our good chances," said coach Morley who will have his team at home for its regular season finale and Senior Day against division leader Malone on Tuesday.
"It was a windy day and the wind and their narrow field it tough for us to get into a rhythm."
MALONE TOPS SR
In the other NAC Central game of day Malone (7-1-0 Central, 10-4) downed Salmon River (6-3-0 Central, 9-5 overall) 3-1 in a meeting of Franklin County rivals who standing first and second in the division. Hans Schumacher scored a goal in each half for the winners and Blake Rivers scored from Jake Van Steenburg. Jared Showen scored the lone SR goal from Clayton Jones to cut the difference to 2-1.
John Miller stopped seven shots for SR and Zach Bartman handled six saves for Malone.
"We really pushed back hard after going down by two. We mixed up the formation and gained a lot of pressure. Unfortunately, you open yourself and can give up a goal," said Salmon River Coach Tim Cook.