The seniors provided great energy and a freshman and a sophomore combined on the play of the day with three minutes left in the second overtime as Ogdensburg Free Academy nipped Potsdam 1-0 in NAC Central Boys Soccer action on Tuesday.
The Devils (4-2-3 Central, 5-4-3) secured their second overtime win of the season against the Stoners (7-2-1 Central, 8-3-1) who saw their division lead dwindle to two points when Malone (6-2-1, 9-3-1) downed Canton (5-2-4, 6-3-4) by a 2-1 final.
The only goal of the game came with seven minutes remaining in the second overtime when freshman Peyton Lalone deeked a defender off the dribble, carried the ball down the left sideline and crossed it outside of the right post where Nate Peo headed it into the net.
It was Senior Day and our seniors started as a unit in both halves. They played with great energy and gave us good momentum, said OFA Coach Matt Morley who honored Chris Axtell, Garrett Calton, Andrew Colburn, Pat Cosmo, Justin Feldt, Jordan Fifield, Andrew Guimond, Alec Manke, Brandon Mullin, Gian Rufa and Matt Snodgrass in a pregame ceremony.
The only goal was one of our prettiest goals of the season. Peyton Lalone had a couple crosses earlier in the game which went toward the near post, this time he got it all the way across to the right post and Nate Peo made a just a great run to head it into the goal. It was just a great team effort and David Prudhomme, Matt Piercey and Pat Cosmo really anchored us in the middle and Jacob Sias did a good job in goal. He was really aggressive today and he come out and stopped Potsdams best chance.
Sias finished with six saves in the shutout while Ryan McDonald stopped 14 shots for the Stoners.
OFA GIRLS SWEEP
POTSDAM - Gaining a sweep of the NAC Central season with Potsdam, the OFA Girls Soccer team gained a very important 2-1 win on the Stoners turf field.
Gaining a win on their turf field was very important for us. We practiced in the dome to get read for a faster-paced game. The girls did a good job, said OFA Coach Lauren Morley.
Nikki Duprey was flying all over the field for us until she went down with a knee injury, our defense was very solid again and we moved Shannon Tooley to the midfield and that really paid off for us.
Tooley tallied the winning goal at 26:49 of ther second half off a chip pass over the defense by Jocelyn Fifield.
Potsdam opened the scoring when Annette Rishe converted off a through pass from Ali Miller and Duprey tied the score by netting a shot out from a scrum of players after a corner kick from Nikki Holmes.
Erica Chase stopped four shots in goal for OFA and Jenny Tardelli handled 10 shots in the Stoners goal.
JV BOOTERS SPLIT
In junior varsity action the OFA Boys continued their strong finish blanking Potsdam 5-0 while the Girls Game saw Potsdam post a 2-1 victory.
The OFA Boys secured a shutout with Isaac Sove stopping eight shots in goal and the team also enjoyed one of its best offensive outings. Seth Pinkerton played the catalysts role in assisting on two goals by DaKota Brady and one by Noah Moore. Jordan Miller scored the only goal in the first half on a pass from Matt Sholette and Will Lanfear closed out the scoring from Nolan Rishe.
Coach Jim Howard cited Tristan Moore and Hayden Woods for vetern leadership and Josiah Fifield, Ben Hammond, Zach Ashley, Nathaniel Stowe and Matt Rahm for strong midfield efforts.
Austin Morley-Sloan, Dylan Jock, Austin Purtman, Auston Lalonde and Allen Fisher anchored the defensive backfield.
In the girls game Potsdam scored midway through the first half and OFA came back at 25:20 in the second half on a beautiful curving corner kick from midfielder Taylor Smith that went directly into the net. Potsdam scored the winning goal with 5:55 left in the game.
I am really proud of how the girls stepped up and played so well against a very talented Potsdam team. We had some nice opportunities up front and hustled right to the last minute, said OFA Coach Renee Tebo. Courtney Barley and Mariah Hurst did a nice job for us on offense. Mollee Ahrens, Taylor Smith and Samantha Rishe played strong in the midfield and Jill Lincoln, Ashleigh Sovie, Alicia Sharpe and Janell Cordwell played well on defense.
Alicia Garcia and Jordyn Marcellus split the goaltending duty for 13 saves.
HUSKIES NIP BEARS
Malone 2, Canton 1:Connor Dailey put the Huskies (7-2-1 in league play) up 1-0 in the 48th minute scoring from Aaron Sharlow from just outside the box on the left wing. The Huskies increased their advantage to 2-0 as Isai Paredones scored. Cantons Jake Watson banged home a ball while all alone in the goal crease from Jake Facey in the 75th.
Austin Lamay of the Huskies (10-3-1, 7-3-4 NAC Central), made nine saves and Scott Wight posted an 11-save effort for the Golden Bears (7-3-4, 5-2-4 NAC Central).