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OFA Girls Soccer Tourney Climax

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Hanna Richardson carefully placed the plastic cover over the championship trophy of the OFA Girls Soccer Tournament on Wednesday night after Lisbon downed OFA 1-0 in the championship game.

“Finally after four years this trophy is going home with us,” said the senior halfback and the daughter of Coach Scott Richardson.

“Winning this tournament meant an awful lot to our team especially our six seniors (Hanna Richardson, Beth Crowley, Jackie Sovie, Maeve Bowdish, Alyshia Murray and Holly Williams). They worked very hard for this,” said Coach Richardson of his Lady Knights who advanced to the finals in a shootout after trying Heuvelton 1-1 on Tuesday in an NAC West Division game.

The Knights secured the title on strength a Maddy Vine goal with 3:10 remaining in the first half and a three-save shutout and constant communication by goaltender Jackie Sovie who was honored as the Most Valuable Player on the All-Tournament Team which also Lisbon striker Maddy Vine and OFA sweeper Courtney Sherwin.

“Jackie Sovie is just a natural leader out there. She brings the team together at halftime and she is always building the team up. She knows just what to say to pick the other players up” said Coach Richardson.

“I chose her for MVP for her leadership and for the great saves she made against Heuvelton especially in the shootout. Maddy Vine scored three great goals for us in the tournament and she is only a sophomore.”

Vine scored the only goal of the title game in senior- like fashion controlling a short pass from Beth Crowley in front of OFA keeper Jordyn Marcellus and chipping a shot high into the cords.

Marcellus finished with 13 saves with a series of close range stops for the Devils who were credited for decided improvement over the course of the game by Coach Al Rishe Jr.

“It was a good solid effort on our part. We started to put some things together,” said Rishe who honored Sherwin with an All-Tournament Award for her deep break-ups, clearing passes and short runs out of the defensive backfield.

Heuvelton 5, Norwood-Norfolk 0: Erin Kennedy made her first career goal a game-winner for Heuvelton. She connected in the 18th minute off an assist from Hannah Thornhill who scored the third goal of the game unassisted.

Alexis Weidner two goals in the contest, one off an assist by Olivia St. Pierre and one from Maddie St. Pierre who scored the scoring with an unassisted tally.

Rachel Thornhill earned All Tournament honors playing several positions for the Bulldogs and Paige McCormick made five saves in the shutout.

“Rachel Thornhill has played anywhere I have asked her and is playing extremely well, We have some young players stepping up for us,” said Heuvelton Coach Gus Burns.

“We are looking for a lot of good things from Erin Kennedy, Natalie Barr is really coming along in the midfield and Paige McCormick (5 saves) is showing that she is going to become an outstanding goalie.”

Megan Plumb stopped 13 shots for N-N and Aleah Palmer represented the Flyers on the All-Tournament team.

POTSDAM WINS JV TITLE

Tournament MVP Hannah Dreschel scored her second and third goals of the game, three minutes apart in the second half, as Potsdam pulled away from a 1-0 lead to a 4-0 victory over OFA in the Junior Varsity Championship Game.

Matisyn Beamer netted the fourth Potsdam goal and Hannah Yacketta, Abby Thomas and Michaela Pcolar passed out assists to back Kelsi Rathbun’s shutout in goal.

Potsdam downed Salmon River in the first round and OFA advanced to the title game via 3-0 win over Gouverneur.

Right Wing Courtney Brabant scored unassisted with 2:30 left in the first half, left wing Kiera Johnson scored from midfielder Claire Mallette with 20:38 remaining in the second half and Johnson scored unassisted with 4:53 remaining in the game in OFA’s win over Gouverneur. Keeper Alicia Garcia had six saves in the shutout and also played well against Potsdam.

Jill Lincoln and Jadienne Averill led the defense. Kelsey Pinkerton and Ashley Barr anchored the midfield and Lexi Kennedy and Sarah Bracy were very solid on the front line according to OFA Coach Renee Tebo who cited Potsdam for an outstanding performance in the championship game.


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