CLINTONVILLE - A first-half goal was not enough for the Chiefs to get past AuSable Valley as the Patriots rallied for a 2-1 victory over Saranac in CVAC girls soccer Oct. 5.
Amanda Hamilton made good on two free kicks in the second half to erase Saranac's one-goal lead and secure a home win in a tightly contested game.
"Both teams played extremely well," said Patriots head coach Keith Raines. "We were fortunate enough to capitalize on our chances, but for the most part it was evenly played."
Despite being outshot 4-3 in the first half, it was the Chiefs who struck first when Molly Bowen dished a cross pass to her sister, Jackie, who fired one into the lower left corner from 17 yards out.
The Patriots continued to pressure, however, and allowed no more goals, due in great part to a strong effort from defenders Shiloh Bourgeois and Alexis Coolidge.
"They both had tough marks on their two forwards," said Raines, "but they did a good job containing them."
AuSable Valley got its chance just over a minute into the second half when Amanda Hamilton was awarded a free kick from 40 yards out. She sent the ball right on goal into the top right corner, just out of Saranac goalie Kaitlyn Wood's reach, evening the score.
Five minutes later, Hamilton took another free kick from the left corner of the box. It sailed across the front of the net, over Wood's head, and just inside the far post. AuSable Valley continued to control possession well with good play from Sidney Flint and Johanna Recny.
Patriots goalie Jena Finnegan logged four saves for the win. Wood collected five, including some key stops on breakaways by Sam Ashline.