OFA, Massena Tie In Boys Soccer; Pirates Tie Carthage
Updated: Sep 15, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
OFA played to its second tie of the NAC Central season in its fourth straight overtime game on tying Massena 1-1 a windy Saturday morning at the Blue Devils' turf field.
Massena was coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to Canton after the Bears' erased a 3-0 lead.
The Raiders came from behind for a 1-1 tie on Saturday.
OFA (0-1-2 NAC, 1-2-2) 1- took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half as Karson LaRose scored on a break-away off a through pass from Connor Smith. Massena (1-2-1) countered on a direct kick by Aidan Laughman at the 13th minute of the second half after an OFA player was called for foul just outside the top of the penalty area.
The Devils missed chance to tie score when Connor Griffith drilled a penalty shot wide of the goal and Massena threatened throughout the two overtime sessions. The Raiders took five well placed corner kicks in the first overtime and all five were cleared by the Devils. In the second overtime Wade Durrant lifted a shot off the crossbar in scramble.
All of the mixed emotions of a draw were on display as the two teams left the field.
"We controlled the first half and had a chance to go up two or three to nothing but we just didn't finish. I think that the first time that Griff (Connor Griffith) has ever missed a penalty shot for us. In the overtime we were tied, We defended well when they had the wind but when we got the wind in the second overtime we just couldn't get anything going," said OFA Coach Matt Morley who will lead his team to Peru on Monday for a nonleague game.
"We are competing well but we are definitely a work in progress. We just don't have much depth right now so just have to keep working to get better. There is a lot of parity in our division and every game seems to be very close."
OFA goaltending combination of David Vernsey and Trent Lovely combined one nine saves and Ryan Herrick stopped seven saves in the Massena goal.
"There have been a lot of overtime games this season especially for Matt's team (OFA). It was really windy today and I thought they our guys played well," said Massena Coach Jeff Slack.
"We had some great chances in the overtime."
Harrisville 2 - Carthage 2: The Pirates geared up for a key home game with fellow NAC West unbeaten Lisbon at home on Tuesday tying Class A opponent Harrisville. Matt Allen scored both goals for Harrisville and Jadon Sullivan passed out an assist.
Nick Kobylanski stopped eight shots for the Pirates and Dorchester had 10 saves for Carthage.
In aan NAC interdivisional game played on Saturday night Potsdam blanked Heuvelton 3-0.