By CHRIS BROOKS, sports editor, wellsvillesports.com
SCIO — In the midst of a scoreless, midfield quagmire in Scio on Saturday, something between Canisteo-Greenwood and Friendship/Scio had to most certainly give.
Despite it, the gates of opportunity began to crack open in the second half. And it was the Redskins that had the key, as they capitalized on a massive scrum in front of the Friendship/Scio net, jarring the ball loose and finding the back of the net with it to pick up the game’s lone tally — a 1-0 shutout when the final buzzer sounded.
After a scoreless tie was reached after the first 40 minutes of play, the second half saw Canisteo-Greenwood pick up steam on the offensive attack by controlling much of the possession, after Friendship/Scio’s (3-8-1) best chance to tie the game from Ethan Davenport went just high and wide over top of the net.
As a result, the Redskins were able to work their way onto the board with a Declan McAneney boot in towards goal, which was met by a host of bodies parked right out in front. The ball was then pried loose by Kevin Siranni, who was able to find the right angle to poke the ball past Taylor Moore in net for Friendship/Scio to earn the only lead that was never lost.
The goal was one of six shots on goal for the Redskins, as they narrowly outshot the hosts by a 6-4 count. Noah Warriner would go on to make all four stops for the shutout, while Moore finished with five saves on the other end.
Canisteo-Greenwood 2, Cuba-Rushford 1 (F-OT)
HINSDALE — It has been an eventful thrill ride across the last 24 hours for the Lady Rebels of Cuba-Rushford, including Saturday afternoon’s home battle in Hinsdale.
After coming off their first tie of the season in what was a hard-fought battle against one of the County’s best defenses in Genesee Valley/Belfast, the Lady Rebels would be tested once again in a quick turnaround against one of Steuben County’s premier clubs — Canisteo-Greenwood.
The war was on, and it was waged all through the midfield for the majority of the battle through a scoreless first half, and into the final 40 minute frame. Towards the homestretch near midway, there was an uptick on offense after each team found the net once — enough to remain tied and force extra time. For the Lady Rebels, it was a second straight time.
In the first overtime period, the Lady Redskins built up a ton of pressure against the hosts, and ultimately saw it burst with what was their game-winning goal from Kendal Button, as she connected with the score with under six minutes remaining to give them the 2-1 edge to move to 11-1 on the season.
“Ultimately, we have played some of our best soccer of the season these last two games. Hopefully we can build on that going forward,” said Lady Rebels coach Aaron Wight. “We were under a ton of pressure from them in the last few minutes of the game, and they carried it into overtime. Two tough overtime games back-to-back against two tough teams. I thought we played pretty well today all things considered. We had a couple of good chances in the first half that we couldn’t finish, and it would come back to haunt us in the end.”
Through a fight across the field in the first half, it would shift into the remaining 40 minutes left to play in action. The first team to create an opening would wind up being the Lady Rebels (4-6-1), as Taylor Searle came through with the game’s first icebreaker at the 20:23 mark after connecting with Jen Tuttle on their lone goal to put them in front.
But just as fast as they were able to find their way onto the board, Canisteo-Greenwood’s response would be just as fast. A mere three minutes later, the Lady Redskins would eventually force overtime with a momentum shifter from Bailey Mullen, as she buried her shot which stemmed off a pass from Mya Rexford on the way into the offensive zone, tying the game with 17:19 left to play.
The Lady Redskins would then assume the majority of the control up until they found a way to put the game away for good behind Button’s game winner with 5:43 left, securing the enormous victory to keep their fiery season ablaze with their 11th win in 12 games.
Canisteo-Greenwood would come away with an 18-78 outshooting of Cuba-Rushford on offense, with Brooke Burd getting the win in between the posts with six saves. On the other end of the field, Tara Duvall set aside 16 shots for Cuba-Rushford.