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OFA advances to Class B finals


Suffering their only NAC Central Division loss, a 3-1 decision on the final day of the regular season at Potsdam, was a major disappointment for the OFA Boys Soccer team.

But OFA Coach Matt Morley felt that his Blue Devils made the most of the situation heading into Saturday’s Section 10 Class B semi-final game against Gouverneur.

“For some reason the Potsdam game was the only game of the season which we didn’t come into really mentally sharp,” said Morley after the Devils blanked the Wildcats 4-0 to earn the right to defend their sectional title on Monday night at 6:45 p.m. at SUNY Canton against Canton which nipped Potsdam 1-0 on Saturday evening.

“That loss emphasized how important it is to start every game fast.”

OFA blanked Canton (12-3-1) 2-0 at home and the two teams tied at 1-1 in their Central division games.

The top-seeded Devils (12-2-2) took immediate control against the fifth-seeded Wildcat (1-15-2) squad coming into the contest off a season highlight when they nipped Salmon River 1-0.

Defender DaKota Brady moved upfield to score off a Peyton Lalone corner kick and the number 20 state-ranked Devils went on to a 3-0 halftime lead and produced two goals with multiple assists while gaining a 21-1 shots on goal margin.

“We moved the ball extremely well today and worked hard at keeping the ball on the ground. Our ball movement was very good and we created a lot of nice chances,” said Morley

“We have been working at practice doing the types of things we will need to do on the turf. The big thing is finishing.”

Nate Peo tallied the final two first-half goals of Saturday. He coverted from Matt Piercey and Rudy Binion at 29:30 and headed home a cross from Conor Hannan at 35:04.

The only goal of the second half saw Hannan loft a corner kick to Matt Piercey who headed the ball to Dave Purdhomme who neatly headed the ball into the net.

Jake Sias handled one save in his ninth shutout of the season and Seth Carr capped a very strong season in goal for Gouverneur 15 saves.

Canton 1 - Potsdam 0: Jake Facey scored the only goal of the game from Tanner Sanderson 32 minutes into the second half and Scott Wight completed a three-save shutout with a superb diving save in the final 12 seconds.

“The end of the game was just unreal. Potsdam pulled everyone up and had two dangerous corner kicks,” said Canton Coach Matt Caufield after the Bears snapped the 11-6-0 Stoners’ seven-game win streak.

“My guys played very well. We have been working on crossing the ball and we scored off a great cross. Monday’s game with OFA is going to be something to see.”

Jack Byrnes made six saves for Potsdam after replacing Ashley Herrick whgo was injured early in the game.”

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