Storm girls soccer falls in overtime
SARANAC LAKE — After winning back-to-back games, the Saranac Lake girls soccer team found themselves in another competitive match at home Wednesday.
Unfortunately for the Red Storm, they couldn’t put all the pieces together and fell to the Seton Catholic Knights 2-1 in a game that needed extra time. Saranac Lake dropped to 3-8 with the loss.
After giving up a goal in the first half, the Red Storm found themselves trailing through most of Wednesday’s game.
Down 1-0 with less than five minutes left in the contest, Saranac Lake’s Maddison Moody-Durant fired a shot outside the 18, which landed in the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1 to force overtime.
“Our girls took a step forward today,” Red Storm head coach Jason Wamsganz said in a statement. “We found ourselves in an OT game, with a good team, something that we haven’t experienced as a team in a while. Now we can check that off from our list and be ready when the opportunity presents itself again.”
The game winning goal was scored by Seton Catholic’s Madyson Whalen on a redirected corner kick just 2:24 into overtime.
“We had a misfortune play off from a corner kick that bounced off from one of our players and into the net,” Wamsganz said. “It happens, it’s just how the ball bounces sometimes. We’ll address it in practice and be ready to make the play next time.”
The game winner was Whalen’s second goal of the contest. She scored the Knights’ first goal on a breakaway that was assisted by Abby Pearl around 25 minutes into the game.
“We played well today and came up a little short,” Wamsganz said. “Seton Catholic’s speed created a few mismatches the first time we played, but we moved some players around and I feel like we were able to neutralize things better this time.”
Saranac Lake’s goalkeeper, Karlie Goetz, had a standout performance stopping eight shots, while Allisyn Johnston had six saves.
“Karlie Goetz played well as did Madison Moody-Durant and defensively Lexee Daunais and Jordanna Samburgh,” Wamsganz said. “We’ve made a few adjustments offensively with personnel and we are controlling the ball much better and we are making fewer mistakes defensively.
“All in all, I am pleased with how we’ve played this week, we were aggressive and did a lot of little things well,” he added. “We still need to work on communicating better and playing positional soccer. We have Lake Placid Friday, Their coach always finds ways to put them in position to win and their girls are scrappy, Lake Placid will be ready to play.”
The Red Storm will take on the Blue Bombers on the road today at 4:30 p.m. The two teams previously meet this past Saturday, with Saranac Lake winning 2-0.
“Next week things get tougher for us,” Wamsganz said. “We have the best team in the division — Moriah — a rematch with a talented Northern Adirondack team and then a charity game with the best team in the Section and most likely one of the best teams in the state, that being Saranac.”
Saranac Lake 2, Ticonderoga 1
A goal in each half was just enough for the Red Storm to earn their third win of the season on Monday.
Facing off against the Ticonderoga Sentinels on the road, Saranac Lake came away with a 2-1 victory. The win marked the team’s first road win of the season and their second win against the Sentinels.
The Red Storm took control of the game early, with Chloe Skiff finding the back of the net on corner kick to take a 1-0 lead in the first half.
“It was picture perfect, not really what we practice, but it’s nice to be on that end of things sometimes,” Wamsganz said. “Chloe has a great foot and is capable of doing things like that for us.”
Despite controlling the ball for most of the first half, Saranac Lake wasn’t able to capitalize on a second goal in the opening half.
“At halftime, I stressed how important the next five minutes would be and we wanted to continue playing the way we had finished the first half,” Wamsganz said.
The Red Storm responded just three minutes into the second half, when freshman Tyler Burth stole the ball deep in Ticonderoga’s end and pulled the ball back before she changed direction. Burth then fired it into the back of the net to take a 2-0 lead.
“Tyler is really playing well right now and has the ability to score every time she touches the ball anywhere around the 18,” Wamsganz said.
Around 25 minutes into the second half, the Sentinels scored their only goal of the game on a bouncing ball that was kicked multiple times in front of Saranac Lake’s net, and was unable to be cleared by the Red Storm.
Goetz was solid again, recording nine saves in the win. The Sentinels’ Keirra Bechard had 10 saves.
“Karlie Goetz has been playing very consistently and we talk about making the routine save and then coming away with a few big saves that give us life,” Wamsganz said. “I am proud of the girls and how they have responded, we certainly are taking steps forward.”
Wamsganz also credited senior Jordanna Samburgh for her play in Monday’s win.
“Jordanna Samburgh continues to play lights out at stopper and things are starting to click right now for the middies and forwards,” Wamsganz said.