OV stuns DeRuyter to win season opener

Girls’ Soccer

Otselic Valley 2, DeRuyter 1

SOUTH OTSELIC – Otselic Valley coach Kevin Springer asked the question: “When was the last time Otselic Valley’s girls’ soccer team started the season 1 and 0?”

The Vikings jumped out to a two-goal lead, and after DeRuyter picked up momentum with a late first-half goal, blanked the Rockets the rest of the way.

“DeRuyter is a really good team, and I think they’ll be one of the top teams in our league this year,” Springer said. “I don’t know. We were fired up and ready to play tonight.”



Springer also earned some bragging rights as his brother Tom coaches the Rockets. Tom has won every game against his brother since Kevin started coaching OV in 2007, a streak of eight or nine wins that just ended.

“I’ve never beaten him,” the OV coach said. “The girls were just ecstatic after the win, and so was I. In the back of my mind, I was hoping we could keep it close and make a game of it. As the game went on, I started to think that maybe we could hang on and get the win. I think the girls sensed it, and we really picked it up the last five or six minutes.”

OV drew a penalty kick after a foul in the box, and keeper Jessica Loomis was chosen by Springer to take the shot. She converted at 21:17, and just 10 minutes later, Nikki Olin took a through ball from Gabe Lyon to raise the Vikes’ first-half lead to a pair of goals.

“Last year, I think we had eight penalty kicks and only made one,” Springer said. “Jessica has been pretty consistent with them in practice, and she did a nice job tonight.”

OV is idle until a Thursday, Sept. 16 home game against Brookfield.

Summary

(2-1 at half)

Goals-assists: Jessica Loomis, 1-0 (PK), Nikki Olin, 1-0, Gabe Lyon, 0-1. (D) Bridget Way, 1-0, Amber Tucker, 0-1.

Shots-corners: (OV) 11-4, (D) 15-3.

Saves: (OV) Jessica Loomis, 9, (D) Kayla Hampton, 6.

Franklin 2, G-MU 1

FRANKLIN – Franklin tied the game with a penalty kick in the second half, and the Purple Devils scored the game-winning tally in the final five minutes to rally past the Raiders Tuesday.


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