Oxford 2, Norwich 1
OXFORD – Oxford advanced to the finals of its own tournament getting the game-winning goal from Haley Witchella Thursday night against Norwich.
Witchella gathered a pass with her back to the goal, turned, and hit a soft shot into the left corner with 10:02 left in the game.
Norwich had tied the game just 6 1/2 minutes earlier when Alyssa MacIntosh tallied for the Tornado. “Our possession game was better today, and Norwich did a good job too,” said Oxford coach Kathleen Cragle, who played in high school for Norwich coach Dianne Fiorina at South New Berlin. “She gave me a big hug after the game, and told me it was kind of like she won too.”
Teresa Morrison scored unassisted 8:36 into the second half to give Oxford the initial lead. The Blackhawks (2-3-1) will play the winner of Unatego and Greene on Saturday at 7 p.m.
(0-0 at half)
Goals-assists: (O) Teresa Morrison, 1-0, Haley Witchella, 1-0. (N) Alyssa MacIntosh, 1-0.
Shots-corners: (O) 11-6, (N) 6-2.
Saves: (O) Brenna Jones, 3, Haley Witchella, 2. (N) Hailey Dietrich, 6, Victoria Trask, 3.
Norwich 3, Chenango Forks 2
NORWICH – Norwich won its second game this week outlasting Chenango Forks in five games, 24-26, 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21.
The Tornado had 23 total aces and 26 kills in the win. “It took us a while and it wasn’t always pretty, but we got it done,” said Norwich coach Shelly Alger. “The rallying back and forth was very good on both sides. It came down to who made the mistake.”