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Coaches aren’t big on references to a “moral victory”.

But OFA Girls Soccer Coach Al Rishe felt it very appropriate after his Lady Blue held Malone scoreless in the second half after falling behind 4-0 in Thursday’s NAC Central game.

“We started to put some things together in the second and we started to anticipate Malone’s passes and get in front of them,” said Coach Rishe after the contest where the Huskies climbed to 7-1-1 in the NAC Central and OFA slipped to 2-9-0.

“We definitely showed a lot of improvement and one thing is for certain Jordan Marcellus had an outstanding game in goal.”

Marcellus finished with 16 saves including a series of point blank stops. Malone’s keeper Jayme LaVoie finished with a three-save shutout.

Taylor Poirier and Alyssa Tatro both scored two goals in the first half for the Huskies and Gabriella Collins passed out two assists. Poirier chipped home her own rebound to open the scoring and tallied the third marker off a cross from Collins. Tatro scored both of her goals from close after taking through passes from Collins and Marrina Perez.

CANTON HALTS POTSDAM

Malone moved within two point of division leading Potsdam (8-1-1) which suffered its first loss and allowed its first goal of the season in a 1-0 decision to 7-3 Canton. Kali Frank scored for the Bears with 3:47 left in the second overtime and Katie Clemmer handled 10 shots in the shutout. Bre Sapp stopped 12 shots for Potsdam.

In other NAC Central action Massena blanked Gouverneir 2-0 with Bailey Dillabough and Iastha Porter scoring goals to back Bailey Young’s nine-save shutout and Becca Leroux and Tsiotenharrro Herne scored as Salmon River bested Norwood-Norfolk 2-0.

Malone JVs 2 - OFA JVs 1: Malone scored once in each half and OFA’s left wing Kiera Johnson scored with two minutes to play by converting her own rebound.

“It has been a tough season for injuries. We just got one offensive player back from a concussion, then we had two more injuries that sidelined players. It was challenging with only three subs but the girls played hard through the last minute,” said OFA Coach Renee Tebo who cited Alicia Garcia for a fine 18-save effort, Jill Lincoln and Maggie Peo on defense, Ashley Barr and Claire Mallette in the midfield and Sarah Barr and Natalie McCormick on offense.

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