October 2, 2013

Defense shines for Bobcats, Eagles in tie

CHAZY — After two, 10-minute overtime periods, neither No. 9 Chazy nor Northern Adirondack were able to put in a goal, ending in a 0-0 tie in girls’ Northern Soccer League play Tuesday.

The Eagles (8-2-1) outshot the Bobcats (6-2-2) 23-6, but could not capitalize off of their nine corner kicks.

“We could have finished those,” Chazy coach Karin Sherman said. “We missed some opportunities that went through the box, but we work on those every day in practice. (Tuesday) was just one of those days that didn’t go our way.”

The Eagles kept Northern Adirondack’s keeper, Anna Lashway, busy for most of the game. Lashway made key diving stops midway through the second half and in the second overtime to preserve the shutout. Lashway finished with 16 saves.

“I knew if I worked as hard as I possibly could, I would be able to either get both hands or a tip on the shots,” Lashway said.

Chazy did all it could to put pressure on Lashway and the rest of the Bobcats, as most of the second half and overtime was spent in Northern Adirondack’s defensive end.

“Mentally, it was a little bit more challenging,” Lashway said. “They had some great shots, but I knew I couldn’t let the fear of the ball going into the net get in my head.”

“She’s awesome, she did a very good job,” Sherman said about Lashway. “She has good hands, and she’s very quick and strong.”

Most of the Bobcats’ more dangerous scoring opportunities came in the first half. Northern Adirondack only had four shots on Eagles’ keeper Logan Baker, which all came in regulation.

Although Chazy is always looking for the win, Sherman said she was still “proud of her team” for its effort and strong defensive play to maintain the shutout.

“I thought Courtney Gilmore and Olivia Blais were strong in the back for us,” Sherman said.

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