CHAZY - The second loss of the season could not have come at a worse time for AuSable Valley as the top-seeded Patriots fell 1-0 in overtime against Plattsburgh in the Section VII Class B girls soccer semifinal Oct. 30.
The Patriots came into the match 14-1-1 overall, having defeated Plattsburgh once in the regular season. The fourth-seeded Hornets (13-3-2) were able to step up their game in the postseason, however, and advance to the final.
"I think both teams played extremely well," said AuSable Valley head coach Keith Raines. "I think our team just gave up the ball too much in the second half and in overtime."
AuSable Valley dominated much of the first half, maintaining posession well on the Hornets' half and getting several chances on corner kicks, but staunch defense from Plattsburgh fullback Justine Rotz and goalkeeper Emily Shultz kept the Patriots off the scoreboard.
The Hornets had the upper hand in the second half as they quickly thwarted AuSable Valley's advances. Midfielder Charisse Abellard set up several scoring chances for Plattsburgh as both teams played to a stalemate through regulation.
"We both had six shots on goal and it was all even," said Raines. "We just gave the ball away way too many times, and when you give them that many chances, eventually they're going to score."
Plattsburgh finally broke through mid-way through the first overtime when a corner kick bounced around in the box and fell to the foot of Madison Trombley, who chipped it under the crossbar.
"You've got to hand it to her," said Raines. "that was a really good goal."
The Patriots continued to battle with strong defensive efforts by Cammy Keyser and Alexis Coolidge. Megan Colby played strong in midfield and nearly gave AuSable Valley the equalizer with a direct kick late in the first overtime. Schultz prevented it with a diving save.