Senior Alyssa O’Neill scored twice in the second overtime as the Arlington High School girls soccer team wrapped up the regular season by clinching the Section 1 Conference 1 League A title with a 4-2 win over John Jay in Freedom Plains.
Arlington won its first league title since 1990.
Arlington (14-4) twice overcame one-goal John Jay leads. The Patriots led 1-0 at halftime as Olivia Oppenheim scored in the ninth minute.
Arlington’s Biz LaTuso scored three minutes into the second half, but Oppenheim scored a minute later to give John Jay a 2-1 lead. With six minutes remaining in regulation, Allie Pushkarsh scored on an assist from Katie Curran to tie the score.
“Every time we play John Jay, it’s a great local soccer match,” Arlington coach Kieran McIlvenny said. “Basically, we never gave up. When we scored the tying goal at the start of the second half, the girls felt good, but then John Jay scored. I was impressed that they could have dropped their heads and didn’t.
“I think (Arlington) got a deserved goal with six minutes to go.”
Of O’Neill’s first overtime goal, McIlvenny said John Jay goalkeeper Rachel Long (10 saves) stopped a LaTuso shot and O’Neill lifted the ball high for the go-ahead goal.
“(John Jay) threw everything at us like the great team they are,” McIlvenny said. “We were able to sustain that. It was a great battle between two great teams.”