Tioga County Sports Report
TIOGA CENTER - Mackenzie Marsh scored an unassisted goal with 9:08 remaining in the game to lift SVEC to a 3-2 win over Tioga in the regular-season finale for both teams here Monday afternoon in Section IV, Division III field hockey action.
"We closed out our season with a fantastic game," said Tioga coach Jackie Taylor. "The girls played hard all 60 minutes and kept pushing until the very end.
"The team has improved tremendously from our first game and it's been great to see them come together as a team in the last couple games," added Taylor. "We're leaving the season at a good place to pick up at next year."
Olivia Devlen scored off an assist from Ryleigh Clark with 11:35 remaining in the first half to give the Lady Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later, Clark scored off a feed from Marsh to make it 2-0.
Shelby Retorto, off an assist from Olivia Ayres, put the Lady Tigers on the board in the final minute to trim the deficit to 2-1 at the half.
Ayres scored an unassisted goal three minutes into the second half to tie the game at 2-2.
After falling behind, Tioga pressured the SVEC net, but was unable to tie the game.
"Our offense put a good push on, and I thought Olivia Ayres might get another shot at the cage before time ran out, but it just didn't happen," Taylor noted.
Taylor lauded the play of several Lady Tigers.
"Emily Sindoni played a phenomenal game and really stepped up to play aggressively," she said. "Sindoni and Jade VanZile had some great chemistry with their passing today.
"Kim Tarbox had some beautiful saves," added Taylor. "And, Ondrea Saunders and Dakota Forsyth really kept the pressure on at defense."
SVEC had a 12-5 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 12-0 edge in penalty corners.
Tioga keeper Kim Tarbox recorded nine saves in the cage, while SVEC's Isabella Young had three saves.
Tioga finishes the season at 1-14, while SVEC finishes at 6-7.
IN PHOTO 1: SVEC's Ryliegh Clark. ... PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRACIE STANDKIND.
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