WEST NYACK – The Arlington bus arrived late to Clarkstown South, which may explain why it took the Admirals a half to get going. Clarkstown South looked like the better team for the first 40 minutes of play, and the Vikings took a one-goal lead into halftime on Danielle McManus’ goal.
Arlington came back onto the field looking like an entirely different team. They started to dominate possession and play far more physically, resulting in a 4-1 win in overtime.
Arlington head coach Adam Ritter said, “The girls played with passion in the second half and overtime. They wanted it more, and they started winning all the 50-50 balls. They really took control of the game.”
While Arlington played far better in the second half, they were still down a goal, primarily because of Clarkstown South goalie Elianna Murphy. Arlington finally got on the board when Molly Feighan scored on a breakaway with four minutes remaining in regulation.
Arlington took control in overtime. Feighan scored again to give her team the lead. Taylor James delivered the dagger for Arlington with a goal to put her team up 3-1 heading into the second overtime. Sofia Germano delivered an insurance goal, setting the final score.
“This win is a confidence booster for the girls,” Ritter said after the game. “It really shows their passion that they came from behind and beat a good team on the road.”
Player of the game: Molly Feighan not only scored two goals, but also kept the pressure on the Clarkstown South defense for the entire second half.
Turning point: Despite Arlington dominating possession in the second half and getting shots on goal, it wasn’t until the breakaway goal by Feighan that they drew even. Despite an eventual three-goal victory, Arlington was four minutes away from losing in regulation.
Stat line: Clarkstown South goalie Murphy had 18 saves. Arlington goalie Becky Gold recorded eight saves.
Quotable: Ritter tried to give all the credit for the win to his team saying, “This win was all about the girls. It really had nothing to do with me. They decided that they were going to play with fire and want it more than the other team.”