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IAC GIRLS SOCCER: NEWARK VALLEY HOLDS OFF SVEC (2023-09-15)

By TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
CANDOR — Newark Valley jumped out to a three-goal lead in Friday’s IAC girls soccer clash with SVEC, but had to fight off the Eagles in the end to pull out a 5-3 victory.

Aubrey Kwiatkowski scored her second goal of the contest on a corner kick with 27:12 remaining in the second half, giving the Cardinals a 3-0 advantage. However, that cushion would not hold up.

“It was interesting without a doubt,” NV coach Chuck Schneider said. “Once we got that 3-0 lead, I was a little nervous of us relaxing a little bit and that looks like what happened.

“Credit to them, they did a nice job. They started working the ball between each other a lot more and they found those open shots and they fired it. They were solid shots. They were really nice, so they gave us a run for our money today.”

“We tried. We tried. We got close,” SVEC coach Megan Friscia said. “They didn't let two goals get down on them, so once they got the third we just pushed back as much as we possibly could.”

Moments later, Allie Lyon intercepted a goal kick, dribbled in and fired a shot into the left corner of the goal to put SVEC on the scoreboard at 25:59.

The Eagles would cut the gap to 3-2 just 63 seconds later. Lyon would find Meradyth Stouffer open with a pass and Stouffer would take the ball across the field, shooting into the left side of the goal.

Lyon would tie the score at three at 15:47 when she crossed a shot into the right side of the goal.

“Once we got that two-goal lead, and I told them at halftime, is that hey, that’s the most dangerous score in soccer, because you relax too much and that let’s the team sneak in and it kind of carried through into the second half,” Schneider said.

“We were relaxed, especially after that third goal, we really just kind of stepped back and we saw a lot more walking going and once they tied it, we kind of started bringing it up again, but we need to keep that consistent.”

Newark Valley came back to life and Kwiatkowski put the pressure on SVEC goalkeeper Hannah Magyar, who made a nice save to protect the deadlock.

The Cardinals would threaten two more times in the next 2 ½ minutes, but again were denied.

SVEC was unable to convert a pair of corner kicks and Lindsay Morse shot over the NV goal with a little over nine minutes remaining.

The Cardinals would finally find the back of the net again at 4:20 when Adrianna Finta drilled a long blast for a 4-3 edge.

NV and SVEC both missed scoring opportunities in the game’s 77th minute, then Liv Short would score her second goal of the day with 14.1 second left to play to lock up the win.

Newark Valley looked like it would cruise early on, scoring twice in the first 20 minutes of play. Kwiatkowski tallied the initial goal at 28:28, then Short scored at 21:46.

SVEC would tighten up on defense, however, and the game would move into the break with NV up, 2-0.

“I'm very happy with how they played today,” Friscia said. “We kept pushing. We didn't give up. The last couple score lines haven't been in our favor, so for us to fight back the way we did today, I was very, very proud of them.”

The Cardinals held an 18-8 advantage in shots and each team attempted five corners.

Magyar made 11 saves for the Eagles and Adriana Rich had three for NV.

In addition to their two goals, Kwiatkowski and Short contributed one assist apiece. Anika Smith and Kim Beebe chipped in with one assist each.

On Tuesday, NV hosts Trumansburg (4-0) and SVEC hosts Elmira Notre Dame (3-1). T-burg and ND played each other Friday (no score reported).

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IN PHOTO 1: NV’s Emma Smith. ... PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.

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