Own-goal dif­fer­ence as East Hamp­ton holds off Housy

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - SPORTS - By Peter Wal­lace

FALLS VIL­LAGE — No. 7 East Hamp­ton (113-4) pushed through Fri­day’s rain on way to a sec­ond straight Class S girls soc­cer semi­fi­nal with a 3-2 quar­ter­fi­nal win over No.

2 Housatonic (14-4) at Housatonic

High

School.

The Bell­ringers, drop­ping from Class M two years ago, sur­vived an hour-and-45-minute bus ride to Falls Vil­lage, then started feel­ing good about it with a Housatonic own-goal six min­utes into the game.

The Moun­taineers played catchup through the first two East Hamp­ton goals, but a sec­ond Bell­ringer goal off a cor­ner kick was one too many.

“Housatonic played well. Ev­ery time we scored, they came right back,” said East Hamp­ton coach Glenn Gius­tine, whose Bell­ringers boast nine se­niors.

Two of them, Kayla Field and Lind­say Or­bann, drove home cor­ner kicks by Kyla Nor­ton and Mea­gan McLaugh­lin in the sec­ond half.

But sopho­more goal­keeper Ally Wil­liams, known to her team as Spi­der Woman, earned the fi­nal mo­ment of glory with the best save of the day three min­utes from the end of the game.

Bad news be­gan Wed­nes­day for the Moun­taineers when start­ing goal­keeper Mag­gie Bick­ford broke two fin­gers in a 5-1 sec­ond-round win over Litch­field.

The hex con­tin­ued on Fri­day’s own-goal when a soft East Hamp­ton bouncer some­how man­aged to climb into, then over a Housatonic player into the net.

The Berk­shire League’s Moun­taineers play on the flip side of the Shore­line Con­fer­ence Bell­ringers with just three start­ing se­niors. Fresh­men Sydney Se­galla and Tori Dodge led the team all sea­son in scor­ing and as­sists.

Two min­utes af­ter the own-goal, Se­galla crossed a pass to sopho­more Neve O’Con­nell at the far post for the first Moun­taineer equal­izer.

Sev­eral more first-half Housy chances made it look like the bad news might be over, but Nor­ton and Field worked their cor­ner kick magic three min­utes into the sec­ond half and the Moun­taineers had to chase again.

Eight min­utes into the half, they did, on a pass from Se­galla to Josie Horosky just out­side the Bell­ringer penalty box. Horosky fired a bul­let into the net for a 2-2 tie.

Five min­utes later, as the rain came down harder, East Hamp­ton had two more cor­ner kicks back-to-back. McLaugh­lin and Or­bann made the sec­ond one good.

It was up to Spi­der Woman to save the fi­nal Bell­ringer lead.

“It was tough to end it this way, but our girls played hard,” said Housatonic coach Steve Dodge.

East Hamp­ton plays No. 14 Old Lyme Mon­day in the semis at a time and place to be an­nounced.

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