|NTL GIRLS SOCCER: ELMIRA RALLIES TO EDGE ATHENS IN FINAL MINUTE, 2-1 (2017-10-09)
Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — Athens drew first blood, but Elmira scored a pair of second-half goals, including the game-winner in the final minute to pull out a 2-1 win here Monday afternoon in non-league girls soccer action at Alumni Stadium.
“It was a fantastic match,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “Elmira provided a great match-up for us, and the game featured some fantastic play by both teams.
“The girls played outstanding soccer and we took a big step towards being ready for Districts,” added Pitts.
The game was the sixth annual “Pink Out for Sara Reid” game, held to honor Reid, a 2012 Athens graduate and soccer standout who was killed in a car accident in the fall of 2012.
With 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half, junior Ariana Gambrell pressed the keeper and blocked a clearing pass. Morgan Ferguson corralled the loose ball and fired it past the Elmira keeper for a 1-0 lead.
The Express tied the game early in the second half on a free kick, then with 24 remaining in the Elmira scored the game-winner from a scramble in the box.
Elmira had a 14-13 edge in shots-on-goal, and a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Athens senior Kara Chapman had 12 saves in net.
Athens, now 9-2-2, hosts Troy Thursday in a pivotal NTL league game.
IN PHOTO: Athens’ Morgan Ferguson.