Late rally leads Panthers past Indians


HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> With under six minutes remaining in Wednesday's contest between the Cambridge and Hoosick Falls girls soccer team, it looked like the Indians were on their way to a win over their rival, but the Panthers had a little comeback up their sleeve.

Down 2-0, Hoosick Falls scored four goals in the last 5:39 minutes of the game to beat the Indians 4-2 and improve to 3-2 on the season.

"We went from Death Valley to Mount Everest, just like that," said Hoosick Falls coach Tom Husser. "We finally were able to find the back of the net in those last few minutes and I'm really happy to see that the girls fought to the end and didn't give up."

For over the first 70 minutes of the game, the Panthers had a hard time finding the net and even a harder time getting the ball past Cambridge goalkeeper Victoria Dupuis.

The junior was all over the place for the Indians in net, racking up 10 saves going into the last ten minutes of the game.

While Dupuis kept the Panthers offense at bay, Miranda Seacord helped get Cambridge the lead.

The junior scored the game's first two goals, one in the first half and one in the second half, to put the Indians out in front.

"She is very fast and is a tough player to stop," Husser said. "She was able to get behind our defense a couple of times with her speed and quickness and made us pay for it."

Needing a spark to get themselves on the board and back into the game, the Panthers finally were able to get a ball past Dupuis when Taylor Mann was able to tap a loose ball in front of the net in for the team's first goal of the game.

Trailing by only one goal with just under three minutes to go, Hoosick Falls got the golden opportunity they were looking for to tie the game with a corner kick.

As Angela Gonzalez smacked the corner kick into the middle of the box, senior Ashley Foster fought her way to the front of the pack and headed in her first goal to tie the game at 2-2.

"My teammates and I did a good job crashing the net on the corner kick and that opened up the opportunity for me to head the ball into the net," Foster said. "That goal really gave us the momentum in the game and built up our confidence."

Not even a minute later, the Panthers were not just tied with Cambridge, but were in the lead when Mann intercepted a Cambridge player's pass and streaked down the sideline where she fired in her game-high second goal to give Hoosick Falls it's first lead of the contest.

"I give a 110 percent every time I'm on the field and with my teammates help I was able to make play to help us win," Mann said. "Scoring a winning goal is a moment your never going to forget and doing so in this games makes it even more special."

With a lead now in hand, the Panthers made sure not to give it up, holding the Cambridge offense in check for the last two minutes of regulation and also picking up a much needed insurance goal from Darian Morgan to help them seal their third win of the season.

Sophomore Grace Wysocki had eight saves in her first start in net for the Panthers this season.

"That was a huge win for us," Husser said. "It showed that we are able to come back from a one or more goal deficit late in a game and that offensively we can be explosive at times. I think the girls really gained a lot of confidence in themselves from this win."

With the win, the Panthers break a two-game losing streak and will try keep their scoring mojo up when they travel to play Greenwich on Friday.

Cambridge on the other hand, drops to 1-4 with the loss and will try to get back on the winning track when they travel to play Hoosic Valley on Friday.


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