MALONE - Coaches view ties in different ways depending on the situation.
OFA Boys Soccer Coach Matt Morley regarded Tuesdays 3-3 tie at Malone with a very positive outlook.
An outlook headed by the fact that the 9-1-1 Blue Devils, who are currently ranked 20th in the NYS Class B poll, took over the NAC Division Central lead at 6-0-1 over 5-1-1 Canton which suffered a 1-0 loss to Potsdam.
We fell behind 1-0 but took a 2-1 lead in the second half and we missed some good chances to take control, said Coach Morley.
Then everything changed, four goals were scored in six minutes, and we needed to score to gain tie. I was very happy the way the guys played through it.
Conor Hannan scored a pair of equalizers for the Devils.
With 1:12 remaining in the first half he scored on a pretty three-way sequence which included a Seth Pinkerton throw-in and a Dave Prudhomme header to answer a Malone goal by Cody Mulverhill.
Mulverhill scored eight minutes into the game right in front of the net off a pass from Alec Johnson. Nate Peo gave the Devils their only lead of the game converting from Matt Piercey 27:44 into the second half.
Johnson answered for Malone from Brian Monnett three minutes later and just 1:25 later Mulverhill scored on a direct kick.
The Malone lead lasted just two minutes before Hannan tallied from Peo.
Malone is always a tough trip for us and Malone is a very good team. It was good effort for us, said Morley.
Hayden Woods came in did a nice job at stopper when I moved to Dave Prudhomme to striker to help him deal with a sore knee. Seth Pinkerton re-injured his foot and Dillon Rudy Binion moved to fullback and Nate Peo shifted to halfback and they all played well.
Jake Sias posted eight saves for OFA and Austin LaMay and Jon Pardones combined for 11 Malone saves.
SCHEDULE CHANGE: OFAs game with Salmon River, scheduled for Friday, has been rescheduled for next week.
Malone 2 - OFA JVs 0: Justyn McCormick made 14 saves for the Devils who received solid play from defenders Alex Sias, Matt Ramm and Dominic Molinari and midfielders Ben Hammond and Josiah Fifield and excellent hustle up front from Noah Moore according to Coach Jim Howard.
STONERS NIP BEARS Potsdam 1, Canton 0: Pat Normandin scored on a cross from Ian Vitek in the 23rd minute. Jack Byrnes stopped eight shots for Potsdam. Scott Wight made two saves for Canton. Massena 3, Gouverneur 2: The Raiders overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit as Dylan Stone, Forrest Brockway and Jason Hammill scored goals. Ryan Gibson scored twice for Gouverneur. Brendan Broderick
made three saves for Massena with Seth Carr stopping 18 shots for Gouverneur.
Potsdam, 4, Salmon River 0: At Potsdam, the Lady Stoners (10-0-1, 8-0-1) posted their 11th shutout as Bre Sapp made four saves. Ali Miller (penalty kick) scored the first goal and Kalie Grant connected twice with Annette Rishe scoring once for Potsdam.