CANTON — The Northern Adirondack girls’ soccer team wasn’t going to let a first-half deficit stand in its way of a state quarterfinal appearance.
The Bobcats, led by Elle Warick, scored two unanswered goals in a 3-2 come-from-behind defeat of Brushton-Moira in the NYSPHSAA Class C regional semifinals Wednesday.
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“We’re ecstatic,” Northern Adirondack coach Sharon Relation said. “The kids have played tough in a lot of close games. It shows a lot about their character and their mental toughness, so to speak.”
The Panthers (10-4-4) jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 6:22 mark. After being awarded a direct kick, Kenzie Traynor floated a shot home from 30 yards out.
The Bobcats (14-3-2), who were ranked No. 5 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class C poll Saturday, tied it at 1-all 11:11 later.
Warick received a one-time feed from Rachael Venne and flipped it up over goalkeeper Ashley Debeer.
The game, however, remained tied for just five minutes and 51 seconds.
Traynor was able to slip behind the Northern Adirondack defense and bury her second of two goals at 23:24.
Brushton-Moira maintained a one-goal lead at the halftime break, but faced a 6-4 disadvantage in shots and 2-1 deficit in corner kicks.
“I knew if we could survive that first half and if the kids didn’t mentally get down on themselves and give up, we’d definitely have a chance,” Relation said. “Like I told them at halftime, ‘You’re really facing two opponents. You’re facing the wind and you’re facing the other team.’ I do think that we controlled the play more, but we just couldn’t put it in the net.”
Benefiting from the wind at her back, Warick ran in all alone on Debeer, firing a shot into the back of the net at 9:03. Venne was credited with the assist on the play.