.By Joe Cardello The Essex Reporter
On Saturday, Oct. 11 the Essex girls’ soccer team hosted CVU. The final score was 2-1 with an emotional Hornet loss ending their six-game winning streak.
A mere 0:53 into the game, Hornet Destin Barber was on the receiving end of a through ball in front of the CVU goal. She leaned over the ball and tucked it in the back of the net to put the Hornets up 1-0.
The remainder of the first half was scoreless, but a slew of opportunities were created on both sides of the field.
At 12:15 Hornet Marlo Allaire raced for a through ball that had split two CVU defenders. CVU goalkeeper Michaela Flore stepped out and beat Allaire to the ball just as it reached the middle of the penalty box.
Megan MacFarlane blasted a shot from quarter-field at 9:00 but the shot was saved by Flore.
A shot on goal was stopped short by Hornet goalkeeper Hannah Bovee at 5:30. Later in the match a CVU cross in front of the goal was smacked wide-left on an attempted volley.
Five minutes into the second half Sierra Morton found a hole in the Essex defense and knocked the ball into the back left corner of the Hornets’ goal tying the game at 1-1. Moments later Destin Barber crossed the ball in front of the CVU goal but pushed too hard and Flore it up.
With 26:40 left to play a bouncing CVU shot plummeted towards the Hornets goal but was denied as Bovee dove for the left post. At 18:50 CVU captain Paige Dubrul ripped a shot at the Essex net and again Bovee was there to prevent any scoring. Almost a minute later another CVU captain, Mackenzie Buckman, took a stab at the Essex goal but Bovee made the save once again.
A plethora of opportunities presented themselves to both teams but the scoring stood halted at 1-1 until the end of regulation time.
In the 10-minute overtime period the Redhawks offense began to pick up steam. At 7:00 a corner kick was headed and just barely made its way over the top of the top of the goalpost. Soon after Morton let loose a shot on goal that was initially stopped but began to roll just forward of the goal line. As Redhawks scrambled to knock the loose ball in, but MacFarlene cleared the danger with a wallop.
CVU was again awarded a corner kick. The ball flew through the air and down towards the far post and was firmly struck into mouth of the Essex goal. With that the Redhawks took the win 2-1. Essex head coach Bill O’Neil expressed his satisfaction with the team’s effort against CVU. He said he witnessed a lot of improvements in the match and that his team battled hard and “left everything on the field”.
O’Neil recognizes the Redhawks as being a powerful squad and he was proud that his defenders and Bovee were able to stop the majority of their attacks.
“I think being behind is not something that is usual for them, but I could see them readjusting. They’re such a good team that they do that and by the end of the first half I saw them coming back at us.
“We defended very well, I think our backs are a group of some of the best in the state and they play well together.
“They were both good goals and I thought they had to work hard for them.”
The Hornets played North Country on Tuesday and will play Spaulding this Friday, Oct. 17 at home for their final game of the regular season and their senior night.