Defending against the wind in the first half and attacking with the wind in the second half were two strong points of the OFA Soccer Boys team in Mondays NAC Central matchup with Malone.
But finishing their best opportunities against a stellar 16-save goaltending performance by Austin LaMay proved to be a stumbling block in both halves as Malone(5-2-1 Central) came away with a 1-0 win on the strength of Brandon Welch goal in the sixth minute of the second half. Welch converted the Huskies second rebound chance in a goalmouth scramble, unassisted, after OFA keeper Jacob Sias blocked a direct kick by Chad Hosler.
Their goalie was very aggressive and was able to break up some good chances with sliding saves. He was also very sure-handed and we had some chances which we just didnt finish, said OFA Coach Matt Morley after 4-4-3 Devils dropped to 3-2-3 in division play.But overall we played well. We defended well in the wind where Alec Manke handled a lot of dangerous bounces at sweeper. Dave Prudhomme marked Aaron Sharlow, who leads the whole section with 16 goals, very well and he moved upfield and got involved in the offense. LaMay used well-timed dashes in the penalty area to break up a series of impending OFA scoring threats in the second half after stopping a hard shot by Matt Piercey off a drop-pass from Peyton Lalone and snared a rebound attempt by Nate Peo.
OFA exerted its most sustained offensive pressure in the final 15 minutes and saw a goal which originated out of a pretty three-way passing sequence nullified by an offsides violation.
Sias finished with eight saves in goal for OFA which hosts Canton on Friday.
OFA JVs 2 - Malone 0: Coach Jim Howards team recorded its third straight win as Issac Sovie handled five shots in net backed by goals from Jordan Miller and Josiah Fifield and assists from Matt Rahm and Tristan Moore.We are really on a roll and everyone is contributing. Zach Ashley had a big goal in the last game and teammed with Austin Lalonde, who played his best game of the season, for outstanding defensive play today, said Coach Howard who also cited the communication of defenders Austin Putman, Andrew Putman, Dylan Jock and Allen Fisher; the midfield play of Seth Pinkerton, Ben Hammond and Nathaniel Stowe and the front line hustle of Noah Moore, Will Lanphear, DaKota Brady and Matt Sholette.
MALONE - Striking for two first half goals while countering some strong offensive play by OFA, Malone (1-4-1 Central) posted its second NAC Central Girls Soccer win by shutting out OFA (3-3-2 Central) 3-0. Morgan Fountain, Lydia Cosgrove and Maggiwe Abott scored for the Huskies. We played an outstanding 30 minutes but they frustrated us with their offsides traps and then scored two goals said OFA Coach Lauren Morley who will have her team in Canton on Friday for a 6 p.m. start at SUNY Canton.Nikki Holmes played a great game at stopper and Natalie Giglio distributed the ball very well in the modified. Offensively Alicia Shaver and Shannon Tooley did every possible to try and get us going.
Erica Chase and Kristen Snyder played in goal for OFA and Jayne LaVoie tended the shutout for Malone.
Massena 0, Canton 0: Katie Clemmer made 13 saves for the Bears (4-2-1 Central) who secured a tie with Central unbeaten Massena (7-0-1) which received nine saves from Dominque Valancius.