Heuvelton successfully defended a 1-0 lead for 65 minutes against Lisbon while the host Lady Devils rallied from a 1-0 deficit to gain a 3-1 victory over Norwood-Norfolk in the first round of the OFA Girls Soccer Tournament on Tuesday night.
The Devils and Bulldogs will meet tonight at 8 p.m. for the tournament title at the turf stadium while Lisbon and N-N meet in the consolation game at 6 p.m.
The junior varsity consolation and championship games will be played at 6 and 8 p.m. at the adjoining Alton W. Elliott Athletic Complex.
OFA advanced to the title game with a 3-1 victory over Gouverneur on Tuesday.
OFA 3 - N-N 1: Alicia Shaver gave the Devils a major lift netting a direct kick just 14 seconds before the half to erase a 1-0 N-N lead.
The Flyers’ opened the scoring on a Kim Stewart goal off an assist by Maddie Seguin.
“Alicia (Shaver) did a good job on the direct kick. We were telling that the time was running down and she made a nice shot,” said OFA Coach Renee Tebo who picked up a win in her debut at the varsity helm.
The Devils prevailed with two pretty scoring connections with 26:24 and 23:12 remaining to play. Kaylee L’Orange buried a low left-footed shot into the lower righthand corner of the net after controlling a short pass from Kiera Johnson.
Shaver netted her second goal of the game by chipping a shot over N-N goaltender Breanna Deshane after she and Riley Luckie moved the ball into scoring position with an exchange of give-and gos.”
“Both of our second half goals came off nice passes and overall we moved the ball much better in the second half,” said Coach Tebo.
“Everyone on the team contributed tonight and Courtney Sherwin had a great game on defense.”
Heuvelton 1 - Lisbon 0: The Bulldogs moved into the championship game winning a nonleague meeting between two NAC West rivals.
The only goal of the game came in the fifth minute when Hannah Thornhill converted in a three-way sequence where Olivia St. Pierre and Paige McCormick gained assists.
St. Pierre crossed the ball to McCormick who directed the ball to Thornhill.
“Having Paige McCormick up front really gives us a new dimension. She is a very good player and her size forces people to mark her up which opens things up for Hannah to use her hard shot,” said Heuvelton Coach Gus Burns.
“Kylie Piercey stepped into the sweeper’s role and really stepped up.”
McCormick also shared a three-save goaltending win with Katie Palmer.
Eighth graderHope Walker handled eight saves in her first varsity start for Lisbon.
“I thought our defense played pretty well tonight except for that one breakdown. I moved Maddie Vine back to halfback late in the game looking to spark the offense and she almost got a goal.”
Vine was stopped on one dangerous shot and also created a threat with a well-placed corner kick.”