October 9, 2013

Durnin's penalty shot lifts NAC


PLATTSBURGH — Northern Adirondack tied Tuesday’s Northern Soccer League girls’ game just before halftime and then controlled play most of the second half to defeat Seton Catholic 2-1.

Taylor Durnin netted the game-winner to help the Bobcats (9-2-2, 8-1-2 NSL) stretch their unbeaten streak to seven games.

“I think we passed more. We slowed it down,” Northern Adirondack coach Sharon Relation said of the second half. “We realized, ‘Don’t get antsy; don’t get nervous. Slow it down and play your game.’”

Paige Spittler gave the Knights (8-5, 8-4) the lead at 21:52 of the first half. Ashley Carpenter brought the ball down the left side and crossed it to Spittler, who settled it, turned and picked the top right corner.

The Bobcats thought they had knotted the score a little later when they put the ball in the net from in close, but the goal was waved off because of a push before the shot.

Then Juliana Gardner got the ball near the top of the box and sent a left-footed shot into the far side just 1:52 before halftime. Elle Warick assisted.

“We all just knew we had to push harder and get the goal back,” Durnin said. “We did great.”

The Bobcats outshot the Knights 7-2 in the second half and kept up pressure in Seton Catholic’s defensive end.

Durnin was awarded a penalty shot at 11:50, and she put it into the left side.

She said she tried to treat it like a shot in practice.

“I just knew that if we put that in, then we would’ve been up,” Durnin said. “When we take them in practice I always go to the same spot, so I tried to go for that spot.” The goal was her third of the season.

Seton Catholic’s first shot on goal in the second half, a line drive that Northern Adirondack goalie Anna Lashway caught, came with about 15 minutes left. The Bobcats almost scored an insurance goal, ringing a shot off the right post.

Lashway finished with six saves for Northern Adirondack. Kelli Ryan stopped 13 shots for Seton Catholic.

The Bobcats avenged a 2-1 loss to the Knights on Sept. 18. Since that game, Northern Adirondack has gone 6-0-1.

Relation said her players started to believe in themselves once they took the lead.

“We’re a program that’s building our way up, and the kids have to realize … that they can play with other teams,” Relation said. “We’re starting to win; they’re starting to learn to win. I think the kids have to believe in themselves and believe in each other as a team.”

Northern Adirondack 2, Seton Catholic 1

Northern Adirondack 1 1 — 2

Seton Catholic 1 0 — 1

First half- 1, SC, Spittler (Carpenter), 21:52. 2, NAC, Gardner (Warick), 38:08.

Second half- 3, NAC, Durnin, pk, 11:50.

Shots: Northern Adirondack 16, Seton Catholic 7.

Saves: Lashway, NAC, 6. Ryan, SC, 13.

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