BY TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
SPENCER — Newark Valley picked up a pair of first-half goals, then turned away SVEC down the stretch to post a 2-1 Section IV Division 3 victory here Wednesday.
The win helped soothe the sting of an overtime loss to the Eagles almost three weeks earlier.
"It was a lot of hard work to bring it back," said NV head coach Jessica Doehring, who credited the team's intensity level for the win.
"They were a lot more intense and focused, and moving a lot better on the field and passing it was a lot better than the beginning of the season," she said.
NV scored it first goal early as Marissa Berghorn scored at 26:43 of the first half. The senior all-star knocked in the game-winning goal with 1:450 remaining in the half.
NV controlled the momentum and possession for the majority of the contest.
"That's what we've been working on this season, and trying to build up to, is going out there and playing our game at our speed, so I think this was a good example of them bringing that."
Both defenses stepped up the pressure in the second half, but SVEC would increase its presence in the NV end over the final 10 minutes.
"Our second half actually was a lot better," said SVEC head coach Abby Gentile. "We tended to be on our offensive end, kept the ball down there. First half was just shaky.
"We've had a lot of sicknesses, some injury stuff, some other reasons that we're kind of missing people on certain days and that's just making a difference for us, but I think now we're all getting back there, we're getting back to being healthy, and we'll pout it together, hopefully by Friday.
Following a short skirmish in front of the NV goal, Jaylene Noviello would put the Eagles on the board, erasing the goose egg with 2:40 left to play.
Unfortunately for the home team, it would be too little too late.
The Cardinals held a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal, but were matched in penalty corners as each team had five.
Gavin Blee made two saves for NV and Bella Young collected eight for the Eagles.
Newark Valley (8-3) hosts Tioga (2-11) while SVEC (5-6) visits Moravia (5-4-2) Friday.
IN PHOTO 1: SVEC's Jaylene Noviello (L) and NV's Hannah Ferguson. ... PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.
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