LYNN — After dominating the majority of play in Saturday’s Div. 2 boys’ soccer ultimate in opposition to Wakefield, Oliver Ames all of a sudden discovered itself on the mercy of the time beyond regulation gods.
Fortunately for the Tigers, that they had Joey Carney on their aspect. The senior made his final play in an OA uniform one to recollect as he scored 3:30 into the primary time beyond regulation to provide the Tigers a 1-0 win and a second straight title.
“Once Joey got to the right side against his defender, I felt like it was over,” Tigers coach John Barata stated. “I really felt like we deserved to win the game and I don’t often say that. But you hate going into overtime because you’re at the mercy of a bounce or something like that.”
Barata had a motive to really feel that means as a result of, for as a lot as his crew dominated the sport, they couldn’t discover a approach to resolve the puzzle that was Wakefield (17-4-2) keeper Andrew Valley.
Valley, who was good in a 10-round shootout to get Wakefield to the ultimate, virtually stood on his head throughout regulation. He confronted 11 photographs and stopped all of them, a number of from close to point-blank vary.
“He really was unbelievable,” Barata stated. “He was so outstanding and it gave them a chance to win.”
And win the Warriors almost did late in regulation.
Tigers (19-3-1) keeper Drew Hall misplayed a shot and the rebound ended up proper on the foot of Jack Millward with a gaping web in entrance of him however Diego Rivera was in a position to clear the ball off the road to maintain issues scoreless.
That missed probability proved to be pricey as soon as time beyond regulation rolled round.
After being unable to get to his proper aspect all recreation, Carney lastly was in a position to early within the additional session and he made no mistake in placing a low shot previous Valley and contained in the left publish to ignite a wild celebration on the Manning Field turf.
“There are so many emotions,” Carney stated. “I knew once I was able to get open that I was going to score. I just had to take my time on the shot.”