By Rob Potter
HANCOCK The Family School Lady Falcons kept their postseason hopes alive on Wednesday afternoon.
With a 2-1 overtime victory against visiting Livingston Manor in an Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division VI girls’ soccer match, The Family School evened its overall record at 8-8 and its Division VI record at 4-4. The .500 record keeps the Lady Falcons in the running for the upcoming Section IX Class D tournament.
Forwards Claire Meehan and Angela Andrechyn combined on the game-winning goal just two minutes into the 10-minute overtime period. Meehan took a pass from Andrechyn near the Manor goal cage and sent a shot at Lady Wildcat goalkeeper Bionca Colton, who blocked the ball.
But Colton could not grab the ball and Meehan quickly kicked it past her and into the back of the net.
For the remainder of the OT, Manor (4-7, 4-4 Division VI) tried to tie the contest, but could not.
Normally, a second 10-minute overtime period would have followed, but the officials determined that it was too dark to continue playing the match.
Manor took the lead with about 12 minutes elapsed in the first half as junior midfielder/forward Jessie Simmons scored off a corner kick by junior midfielder/defender Melissa Lair.
The Lady Wildcats held that 1-0 advantage until The Family School evened the score at the 29:57 mark. Meehan scored from close range as Colton ran out to stop the ball but Meehan was able to kick it into the middle of the net.
Both squads had several chances to break the 1-1 tie in the remaining minutes of the opening half and throughout the second half. But Colton and Lady Falcon goalie Jessica Fairweather kept the respective offenses from doing so.
Fairweather made 25 saves in the match and Colton had 10 saves.
Both teams registered 15 shots on goal, but Manor enjoyed an 11-0 advantage in corner kicks.
“It was a physical, competitive soccer game,” Family School Coach Scott MacDonald said. “They are trying to get into the sectionals and we are trying to get into sectionals, so it was a very close game.”
MacDonald noted that the victory was key in his team’s quest for a sectional berth.
“We have been playing very well in our last four or five matches,” he said. “We have a great goalie in Jessica Fairweather and we played great defense today.”
Manor Coach Shirlee Davis noted that after the tough loss, her team needs to defeat the Roscoe Lady Blue Devils in their final regular season match next Tuesday in order to maintain at least a .500 record in Division VI and have a chance to reach the sectional tourney.
“We played up to our ability today,” Davis said. “The Family School players were aggressive and they really hustled the entire match.”