Medomak Valley girls’ soccer team had all they could handle Saturday night at Lincoln Academy’s Homecoming in Newcastle. Maia Snow scored the game winner, on a pass from Rozanne Jelenfy, 21 seconds into the second overtime period to lift the Lady Panthers to a 2-1 win. With the win Medomak improves to 8-1.
“They are the best two-win team in the KVAC. It’s just not going our way. They deserve better than they are getting,” Lincoln coach John Schumacher said of his Lady Eagles that dropped to 2-5-2 after the loss.
Medomak dominated the game from beginning to end, but had difficulty get their shots on target, thanks to a physical, and aggressive Eagle defense. The Lady Panthers unleashed 13 first half shots, but were unable to punch a shot past Eagle keeper Emma Lazzari. “We came out rusty but in control for the most part. I was not happy with our shot count in the first half,” coach Owen Campbell commented.
Snow scored on Medomak’s first shot of the second half with 33:30 on a diving header off a feed from Jelenfy. Lincoln battled back to tie the score with 8:54 to go in regulation, when Brooke Cheney put in a rebounded Chloe Maxmin shot on a breakaway. Brianna Carroll forced overtime when she stopped Medomak on a breakaway. On the Eagles’ offensive end, Panther keeper Rachel Keefe made a save on a corner kick with three seconds to play.
Both teams got off one shot in the first overtime, and both keepers stood firm. Snow scored the game winner on the only shot of the second OT. Jelenfy collected two assists in her first game back after sustaining a rib injury.
Medomak held 29-9 advantage in shots. Lazzari made 20 saves for the Eagles, and Keefe seven for the Panthers. Medomak led 15-3 in corner kicks.
Rockland 1 – Lincoln 0
Rockland defeated the Lady Eagles Friday night in Rockland 1-0, on a “sloppy, sloppy field. We had many, many chances, but no solid hits on the ball. There is no quit in these girls. I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of a team,” Schumacher said.
Novelle Szandzik scored the game winner on a cross from Baillee Boggs. Lincoln held a 22-6 advantage in shots. Lazzari made eight saves for the Eagles, and Kayla Maguire 17 saves for the Tigers.