It was no exaggeration to say that the biggest girls high school soccer game in New York State on October 1st was played in Remsen. Every once in a while, things come together for a regular season game where two of the best teams find themselves going head to head and such was the case Tuesday when Poland, the state’s #2 ranked Class D girls team went to play their Kuyahoora Valley neighbors in Remsen, the state’s #5 ranked Class D girls team. The game was everything you would have expected for such a contest as Poland rallied from two goals down in the final four minutes of regulation to tie the game and win in double overtime.
After a scoreless first half with equal opportunities for each team, Remsen broke the tie. At the 17 minute mark of the second half, Elisha Hamilton chased the ball down deep in the Remsen attacking zone. From a tough angle, Hamilton lofted a pass out front of the goal to Joleen Marfone. Marfone, the Lady Rams leading scorer, put the ball in the only place she could…upper right corner of the goal and Remsen had a 1-0 lead. Less than ten minutes later, another Remsen attack resulted in a corner kick to the right of Poland goal keeper Courtney Green. Remsen’s Brittany Waterbury launched a low line drive into the goal box and the ball found its way into the goal off the leg of Hamilton giving Remsen a 2-0 lead and knocking some of the wind out of the Lady Tornadoes.
But, the defending Class D State Champions did not relent. They went on the attack and ten minutes after falling behind 2-0 got a corner kick of their own. Saige Hampston sent the ball into the goal area and before it settled down, Mikayla Blumenstock put it in the goal cutting the Remsen lead to one goal. Less than a minute later, an inspired Poland team pressed the attack and sprung Blumenstock on side for a clean breakaway. Mikayla was fouled from behind inside the penalty box giving the Lady Tornadoes an opportunity to tie the game. Paige Sullivan took the PK and converted to make it 2-2 with 3:37 remaining in regulation time. That’s the way it ended after 80 minutes of play.
The first overtime was scoreless and it looked like the second OT was going to finish in the same fashion. But, Poland launched a late attack headed by Shiane Irwin on the wing. Irwin crossed a pass over to Mikayla Blumenstock in the middle and Blumenstock launched a low shot into a corner past Mieka Scott, who had no chance on the play due to the fine pass and placement of the shot.
Both goal keepers, Scott of Remsen and Green for Poland, played very well in goal and were called on to make several critical saves in regulation time to give their teams a chance to get the win. A regular season rematch will be next Thursday at the Kuyahoora Town Park, behind the Poland High School, at 4:30PM.