Purple Eagles nip Mustangs in overtime

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 October 2017 at 9:19 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Natalie DiCureia kicks the ball away from Medina/Lyndonville’s Ella Lewis during the host Purple Eagles overtime sectional win over the Mustangs this evening.

When Albion and Medina/Lyndonville have met in girls soccer competition this season overtime has been the rule and this evening’s sectional contest at Albion was no exception.

A lone goal late in the first of the two 10 minute overtime periods proved to be all of the scoring as Albion nipped Medina/Lyndonville 1-0 in the pre quarterfinals of the Section VI Class B1 playoffs.

Medina/Lyndonville’s Stacy Buckland sends the ball up field as Elisabeth Baker defends for Albion.

Elisabeth Baker scored the Purple Eagles lone goal on a penalty kick with 2:22 remaining in the first overtime.

Both teams just missed on good scoring opportunities during regulation time.

Medina/Lyndonville had a goal disallowed on an offsides call in the final 20 seconds of the first half.  Albion then just missed on a great scoring opportunity in the final seconds of the second half as Mustangs goalie Kaya Bloom made a diving save.

Sydney Mulka earned the shutout in goal for Albion.

“Especially in the second half we started passing the ball very well and there was a lot of good teamwork,” said Albion Coach Maggie Orbaker. “They never gave up and that has been the theme of the season.”

Improving to 9-6-2, Albion will next visit top seeded City Honors in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Medina/Lyndonville finishes the season at 5-11-1.

Albion’s Mariah Plain works to keep the ball away from the Medina/Lyndonville duo of Haylee Seefeldt and Alisha Scroger.

Medina/Lyndonville’s Ashley Howell tries to control the ball against Albion’s Claire Squicciarini.