Wildcats Deny OFA Girls; Boys Note 2-0 Start
BY DAVE SHEA
Two games into the 2020 season, the OFA Girls Soccer team has established a high energy level and commitment and ability to defend against talented offenses.
Now coaches Julie Hynes and Doug Loffler are looking for the Lady Blue Devils to take the next step in the development of their offense.
In Tuesday's Senior Game the Lady Devils (0-2) spent much of the evening defending against sophisticated offensive buildups in a 1-0 loss to a highly-regarded Gouverneur team making its season opener.
With goaltender Emily Joe Sovie making several outstanding stops and the defenders holding firm against heavy pressure, Laney Smith scored the only goal of the game on a perfectly struck shot from 25 yards just under the crossbar with just 14 seconds remaining in the first half.
The OFA Boys Soccer team climbed to 2-0 with a 2-1 win at Gouverneur.
"Gouverneur is an outstanding team which played a lot of soccer this summer. We played well defensively but just couldn't control Laney Smith and Torie Salisbury," said OFA Coach Julie Hynes.
"But our defense played well and Emily Jo Sovie made some great saves. But we just couldn't mount any offense."
Sovie finished nine saves while the Wildcats' Kirra Jenkins handled two shots which both came from range.
"The next thing we have to do on offense is check back to the ball consistently. We have to do that to get things going," said OFA Coach Doug Loffler.
"But everyone got to play quite a bit tonight and held their own. The seniors all got a lot of playing time and played well which was good."
OFA seniors, accompanied by parents and or family members, were honored before the game: Emily Jo Sovie, Saiges Estes, Emily Farrand, Paige LaRock, Jillian LeBel, Paige Merz, Gabrielle Morley, Sadie O'Neil, Jordyn Prosser and Rachel Ramie.
"Our girls did a good job tonight. We moved the ball well and got some really shots. We managed to put one away and their goalie made some great stops;" said Gouverneur Coach Mark Martin.
"OFA always plays aggressively against us and tonight we managed to put one shot away. It was a good win."
OFA 2, GOUVERNEUR 1
Karson LaRose and Franklin Beach emerged as the offensive leaders for a second straight game as the OFA Boys Soccer team climbed to 2-0 in the NAC Central with two goals off corner kicks. Karson LaRose netted a corner kick in the 22nd minute and Beach headed home a LaRose corner kick in the 62 minute to break a 1-1 tie against the tenacious Wildcats (0-1).
Joseph Cummings, who played a Gouverneur's state finalist football team las the fall, scored for the Wildcats (0-1) in the 11th minute of the second half off a cross from Ethan Fitzgerald.
Dave Vernsey and Ryan Warchol combined on nine saves for OFA and Jordan Hayden made 11 saves for Gouverneur.
"We had a lot of pressure but we had trouble finishing," said OFA Coach Matt Morley.
Both David Vernsey and Ryan Warchol played well in goal.
SALMON RIVER 1, BRUSHTON-MOIRA 0
Mia Leroux made five saves as Salmon River shut out the Panthers (0-1) in a nonleague game in Brushton. Myranda Collette scored the only goal for Salmon River (1-0) in the 45th minute off a pass from Talyn Wylie.