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October 23, 2013

Gone with the wind

Wilson advances in blustery B-2 soccer game; Lions eliminated

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GASPORT —

After the intermission, the teams switched sides, and the Lakemen enjoyed the advantage of having the wind on their side. Wilson kept the ball in the offensive end for much of the second half’s opening minutes, and it paid off with 22 minutes remaining in regulation. 
Cody Secor brought the ball into the corner and made a few Roy-Hart defenders miss, before feeding the ball to Alex Keil in front. Keil beat Roy-Hart goalie Maine Walker with a low dribbler that knotted the game at 1-1.
The Lakemen had a few great opportunities late in regulation, but Walker held strong in the final few minutes to force overtime, including a gorgeous save on a point-blank shot from five feet with three minutes remaining.
Wilson had the wind at its back for the first 15-minute overtime period, and subsequently maintained control for most of the frame, with Walker making three critical saves to keep the score knotted. 
The wind advantage returned to the Rams for the second overtime frame, but Roy-Hart couldn’t come up with the decisive goal despite an late offensive flurry by Alex Stoddard, Andrew Villella and Lyle Wagner. Villella had a point-blank chance in front of the net with four minutes remaining, on a rebound off a shot by Stoddard, but couldn’t beat Lyman.
In penalty kicks, Roy-Hart’s first two shooters — Wagner and Johnson — found the back of the net. Jesus Campos’ shot hit the crossbar and bounced out, James Dilorenzo scored, and Stoddard’s low shot was saved by Lyman.
Wilson’s first shooter, Justin Schwarzmueller, fired over the top of the net, but the final four Lakemen shooters all scored. Reilly O’Lay went second, followed by Nathan Johnson, Secor and Zachary Sarratori.
Once Sarratori’s shot went in, the rest of the Lakemen squad raced to mob him. For a team that has struggled throughout the season, losing two one-goal games to Roy-Hart in Niagara-Orleans League play, it was a satisfying moment.

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