OFA Soccer Teams Continue Progress In Losses
BY DAVE SHEA
OFA's Boys and Girls Soccer teams were both cited by their coaches for sustaining their early season improvement in losses to talented opponents on Monday.
The OFA Girls slipped to 1-2-0 in the NAC in a 5-1 loss to 5-0 Potsdam and the OFA Boys (0-1-2 NAC Central, 1-2-2) dropped a 3-1 decision at Section 7 power Peru and will return to divisional play today against Potsdam.
Potsdam 5 - OFA 1: Sophie Janoyan scored three goals off assists by Asa Reynolds in the first half and Kennedy Emerson converted from Natalie Cowen as Potsdam took a 4-0 intermission lead with camanding first touches and the ability spread the field and attack from all angles.
Cowen also set up Kelsey Towne for a goal in the 32nd minute of the second half. OFA's goal came off a hard shot by Sadie O'Neil with 10 minutes to play.
"They are just a very good team and that plays at a very high level. They pass the ball well and all of their goals came on beautiful shots. They have so many talented players" said OFA Coach Julie Hynes.
"Emily Jo Sovie (7 saves) played well in goal for us and faced a lot of tough shots. But I was happy with the way we hung in there and were able to shut them down for 30 minutes. We are definitely improving."
Taylor Benda finished with four saves for Potsdam.
In other NAC Central games it was Gouverneur 5 - St. Lawrence Central 0, Canton 3 - Malone 0 and Massena 2 - Salmon River 0.
The 4-1 OFA JVs climbed to 3-0 in the NAC Central with a 3-0 win over Potsdam at home. Azlyn Richardson scored two goals and Ella O'Neil and Kassidie Wells each added single goals to back Emma Chapman's shutout in goal.
Coach Doug Loffler cited the work of defensive corps of Eden Lockwood, Emma Lalone who had an assist in the game, Hanna O'Reilly, Katherine Smith and Cadence Payne heading in a key game with Massena.
"We are very solid in the back with four sophomores. Our whole team played well today," said Loffler.
Gouv 5 - SLC 0: Riley Storin delivered 1 goal 2 assist, Torie Salisbury scored 2 goals , Lanie Smith had 1 goal and 1 assist and Halie Simmons tallied goal for the Wildcats who climbed to 4-1 in the NAC Central. Shacoria Jackson posted a 2 save shutout
Peru 3 - OFA 1: Ryan Furnia converted a game-winning penalty shot midway through the second half and scored an insurance goal in the closing minutes of the game as host Peru downed OFA in a nonleague game on Monday night. Nick Hagan opened the scoring for the Indians and Cooper Garvey scored from Karson LaRose to earn the Devils a 1-1 halftime tie.
"The kids did a great job. We are continuing to improve," said OFA Coach Matt Morley.
"They got a pk to make it 2-1 and we gave up one late when we were pressing forward. "