OGDENSBURG - The Massena Central varsity boys soccer team settled for their fourth NAC Central Division tie on Tuesday, salvaging a 1-1 draw on the road with OFA.
The host Devils (2-1-0) and Raiders (1-0-4) traded first half goals and a series of unfufilled threats to maintain their positions in the congested NAC Central race.
I thought we played well and we played very hard, said OFA Coach Matt Morley. We had our chances but its always tough to score against one of Pats (Massena Coach Pat Henrie) teams.
The Devils opened the scoring seven minutes into the game when Pat Cosmo took a backpass from Peyton Lalone and bounced a long shot on goal, which eluded Massena goaie Ian Wilson (8 saves).
The Raiders pulled even at 32:33 when Joey LaBelle picked up a turnover in the defensive end and played the ball to Dan Stone. Stone broke down the left wing and chipped a shot off the far post and into the net for a goal which eanred the Raiders their fourth tie, (3 0-0s) in five division games.
But not before the Devils nearly snatched the win in the closing seconds of the first overtime when Gian Rufa broke free down the sidelines and drilled a hard shot which Wilson blocked as time expired.
Jacob Sias finished with five saves for the Devils and made his best stop in the opening minutes of the second half when he stopped a Massena forward on a break-away.
We always build our teams from the back and our defense was strong again today. We need our defenders to do more with the ball to score more goals but today OFA forced us to just clear the ball a great deal, said Massena Coach Pat Henrie.
In the lone other NAC Central game on Tuesday, Franklin Academy overpowered Gouverneur 7-0.
FA 7, Gouverneur 0: Aaron Sharlow tallied four goals and an assist as the Huskies steadily worked their way to a 7-0 halftime lead. Mike Sullivan and Isai Paredones each tallied a goal and assist while Alex Johnson connected for the other goal.
Austin Lamay was credited with four saves backstopping the shutout while Seth Carr stood tall working the Gouverneur crease for 27 saves.
In NAC West Division games played on Tuesday; Edwards-Knox stopped Morristown 5-0, Hermon-DeKalb blanked Hammond 3-0, Harrisville beat Lisbon 2-0 and Heuvelton handled Clifton-Fine 3-0.