Sayre edges Athens; Wellsboro rallies past Northern Potter
A Seth Murrelle goal with 2:34 left in the first overtime was enough to push Sayre past Athens in NTL boys' soccer action Tuesday.
With 2:34 left in the first overtime period, Murrelle opened a give-and-go passing route with Tyler Eaton, who returned the favor, giving Murrelle the ball on the top of the Athens 18. Murrelle would make the effort count, as he slammed the ball to the far corner of the goal and lifted Sayre to its 1-0 win.
"Both teams played a great game tonight, and it really came down to the little things," Sayre coach Glenn Murrelle said. "Our boys were really fired up and hungry for the win, not just for the NTL standings, but to avenge the closely-fought loss earlier in the season. Our defense performed excellently tonight, but I think our midfield, composed of Adam Moore, Seth Murrelle, Jake Wheeler, John Blackman, and Dan Nash did an outstanding job controlling the transitions from offense to defense, especially on our wings."
The Redskins had the edge in shots 19-10 and corner kicks 9-1.
"The statistics showed Sayre had the better play tonight," Athens coach Jake Lezak said. "Defensively we were able to answer it and kept them off the scoreboard until the overtime period."
Neil Carpenter made 18 saves in goal for the Wildcats while Giuseppe Scavone had 10 saves for Sayre.
"Our guys fought hard down to the end," Lezak remarked. "We played quite well. We put some pressure on them and made them make some saves."
Athens will travel to Northern Potter Thursday for a 4 p.m. start while Sayre hosts Wellsboro on Thursday.
The Redskins hold a half game lead on the Hornets for the NTL title.
Wellsboro 3, Northern Potter 2
Northern Potter led 2-1 at halftime but late goals in the second half by the Hornets kept their NTL title hopes alive Tuesday.
"I am so proud of the attitude of the boys tonight," Wellsboro coach John Shaffer said. "Northern Potter came out strong and deserved their halftime lead. In the second half we held them to one shot and dominated the game. We had multiple chances on goal disallowed but the boys kept fighting and never gave up. It is good to have adversity during the season and tonight was a character builder for these young men."
Just 8:08 into the game Tucker Kosa scored on a Matt Morgan assist to put the Panthers up 1-0. At 12:43 Wellsboro struck back as Erik Stemcosky scored off a Joe Allen assist.
Northern Potter took the lead at 22:50 as Payden Bice scored off a Morgan assist.
It stayed 2-1 until 10 minutes to go when Dan Brooks scored off a Stemcosky helper, followed by Stemcosky scoring off an Allen assist five minutes later to give Wellsboro the win.
Wellsboro out shot Northern Potter 13-7 and had a 14-3 edge in corner kicks. Wellsboro had five saves while Northern Potter had six.
The Hornets will travel to Sayre Thursday. They are a half game back of the Redskins for the NTL title.
Troy 3, Liberty 1
The Trojans scored two goals in the second half to break a 1-1 tie at the half in NTL boys' soccer action Tuesday.
Troy's Dane Smith started the scoring with 16:09 left in the first half but less than four minutes later Liberty came back and tied it up as Cody Schmouder scored off a JJ Walker assist.
In the second half Smith scored with 25:01 left to play to put Troy up and Thomas Swain scored on a penalty kick with 4:47 left to secure the win.
Troy out shot Liberty 16-7 and while the Mountaineers had a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
Freshman Drake Schmouder made five saves for Liberty while Jason Esaias had two for Troy.
The JV game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Liberty ends the season at 8-10.
Northeast Bradford 1, Williamson 0
Aaron Pifer scored at the 29 minute mark of the game to give the Panthers the win in NTL boys' soccer action Tuesday.
Pifer scored off an Elija Arias assist.
Williamson out shot Northeast 14-12 and had a 3-1 corner kick advantage.
Mason Merrill made nine saves for the Panthers while Wyatt Gorg had eight for the Warriors.
Williamson won the JV game 2-0.
Northeast will travel to Galeton Friday with a 6 p.m. start.
Galeton 7, Towanda 1
Dakota Shade had a hat trick plus two assists to give the Tigers an NTL boys' soccer win Tuesday.
John Parsell, Kris Brumbauch, Emilio Martinez and Hunter Rachiele also had goals for Galeton while Chad Shuemaker, Jake Batterson and Tyer Dugan had assists.
Jarod Boardman had the Black Knight goal off a direct kick.
Galeton out shot Towanda 17-3 and had a 4-0 edge in corner kicks.
Tyler Basse made six saves for the Knights while JC Sunderlin had two stops for Galeton. Matt Murphy had three saves for Towanda as well.
The Tigers host Northeast Bradford Saturday with a 6 p.m. start.
Tioga 1, Newfield 0
With four minutes left in overtime Steven Lounsbury was able to bury a penalty kick and give the Tigers an IAC boys' soccer win Tuesday.
"Both teams came into this game with a 5-6 record," Tioga coach James Howey said. "We had three ties, they had two. So, whoever won got the .500 record for the season. We beat them 3-0 the first game of the series and they had not forgotten that. Both teams played with a full gamut of skills, tactics, and enthusiasm. Both goalies were as good as they have been all season. Newfield had a couple of opportunities inside the 6 yard box and Luke Hoose was able to turn both of those chances aside. His counterpart at the other end was as impressive with his range, athleticism, and strong foot."
Hoose finished with six saves to keep the clean sheet while Newfield's Leif Pakkala added eight saves.
Matt Lounsbury received a throw in inside the box and turned towards the middle of the box. He was tripped by the defender to earn the penalty kick.
Tioga out shot Newfield 13-7 and had a 10-7 edge in corner kicks.
This was Tioga's fifth overtime game this season and finished the year 2-0-3 in them.
"I am impressed. We talked the first days of practice about tenacity and we have embodied it," Howey said. "That kind of determination and tenacity will serve us well as we enter the post-season."
Tioga finishes the regular season 6-6-3. They went 4-1-2 in the second half of the season to reach that mark.