September 20, 2013

Bobcats benefit from fortunate bounce

ELLENBURG — Tied 0-0 with more than four minutes remaining in double overtime, the Northern Adirondack boys’ soccer team needed a bounce to go its way Thursday.

It got one in the most unusual of circumstances.

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With an Elizabethtown-Lewis defender inadvertently flicking a loose ball into his own net, the Bobcats picked up a 1-0 win in Northern Soccer League play.

“This is the third overtime in two years that we’ve had with them,” Northern Adirondack coach Patrick Kelleher said. “We gave them an own goal last year, and I feel like they’ve returned it for us.

“Both teams played hard. Both teams are fairly even. They’ve got some real good skill players who did a lot of damage in the middle. Once we made some adjustments to contain that, we got a little bit better and had a few more chances.”

Forty-eight hours removed from a 5-0 loss to Seton Catholic, the Bobcats came out firing on all cylinders. Northern Adirondack maintained a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal in the first 25 minutes of play.

Kelleher, however, said his team was a little flat in the early going.

“We have trouble getting going in the first half,” Kelleher said. “I thought our energy was not where it should have been. I think we really need to get our intensity going sooner.”

After the two teams exited the pitch for halftime, the Lions responded with multiple scoring chances of their own.

“I was pleased with the way we came out,” Elizabethtown-Lewis coach Paul Buehler said. “My right midfielder didn’t serve the ball once in the first half. The second half was better. We were implementing a few things.”

The two teams remained scoreless for the rest of the second half, but a red card put the Lions down a player with 2:06 showing on the clock.

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