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October 26, 2013

Class C semifinal games need OT

PLATTSBURGH — 110 minutes of soccer couldn’t decide the Section VII Class C semifinal matchup between Northern Adirondack and Lake Placid Friday.

The game came down to penalty kicks.

The Bobcats move into the Class C championship outlasting the Blue Bombers 4-3 in penalty kicks.

The Bobcats were unable to capitalize off numerous scoring opportunities, including a total of seven corner kicks throughout the game. Northern Adirondack also led the Blue Bombers 14-4, in shots on goal

“We had our opportunities we just couldn’t score,” Bobcats coach Sharon Relation said.

The Bobcats lone goal came 17:05 in the first half, when Juliana Gardner played a ball across the six-yard box, which Rachael Venne was able to tap in for the goal.

Lake Placid tied it up in the second half when Liza Marinis muscled her way through Northern Adirondack’s defense and struck a ball past Bobcats’ keeper, Anna Lashway.

Scoring chances from both teams were slim in overtime; however the Bobcats did miss two good looks that sailed just wide of the net and over the crossbar from Makenna and Magan Magee in the last minute of sudden death.

In penalty kicks, Emma Godin and Taylor Barney made the first two shots for Lake Placid, however Laura Stanton missed the Blue Bombers’ third penalty kick wide, and Juli Matos missed the fifth penalty kick over the cross bar, while the Bobcats were able to finish on all four of their shots to win the match.

Stanton recorded eight saves for the Blue Bombers, while Lashway finished the game with four saves.

Although the top-seeded Bobcats move on to the sectional finals, Relation was disappointed her team wasn’t able to win in regulation or overtime play.

“It’s a little bittersweet, winning games in penalty kicks,” Relation said. “Obviously we’d like to win those in regulation, if not overtime.”

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