Missed opportunities doom Panthers in defeat

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HOOSICK, N.Y. >> A couple breakdowns defensively and a couple missed scoring opportunities resulted in the Hoosick Falls girls soccer team losing 4-1 to Tamarac on Tuesday afternoon.

The Panthers looked early on to be on their way to a third straight win, when forward Darian Morgan trickled in a shot right through the hands of the Tamarac goalkeeper to give Hoosick Falls a 1-0 lead.

"It was a bit of a lucky shot, but I will take it," Morgan said. "It felt good to get the team an early lead and give us some momentum."

Hoosick Falls got another golden opportunity to extend their lead moments later on Taylor Mann's breakaway, but Tamarac's goalkeeper Sarah Gibbs made a nice save on Mann's shot and kept the score at a 1-0.

That save proved to give Tamarac some momentum going into the halfway mark of the first half and allowed the Bengals to grab the lead, thanks to the play of their striker, Sydney Moss.

After a breakdown in communication by the Hoosick Falls defense, Moss got into the middle of the Panthers box and slapped in a goal to tie the game at 1-1.

Just moments later, Moss was at it again for the Bengals, finding a hole in the defense and knocking in her second goal of the half to give Tamarac the lead.

"We broke down in the backfield and allowed her to get some chances to score and you can't give a good player like that those chances," said Hoosick Falls coach Tom Husser. "During that time also, we had to take [defender] Sydney [Eggsware] out because of an injury and she's the leader of our defense, so that really hurt us to not having her on the field during those minutes."

Now trailing in the contest, the Panthers' offense went on the attack to try and regain their lead, but couldn't finish on any of their scoring chances the rest of the half and went into halftime trailing by one.

Once the second half began, the Panthers continued their offensive push down the field and once again came up empty on their opportunities, with one of those being Mann's shot that hit the post and rolled back to the Tamarac keeper.

"We just didn't get the job done offensively today," Husser said. "We had a lot opportunities to score, but we didn't finish on them. We have to do a better job getting the ball in the net moving forward."

In total, the Panthers had 18 shots on goal in the game.

With the game still 2-1 with less than 20 minutes to go, Moss struck again for the Bengals, knocking her third goal of the game to extend Tamarac's lead to two.

"I used my speed to create some opportunities for myself and I was able to connect on a couple of them today," Moss said. "Hoosick Falls is a really tough team to go up against, so we really had to be precise on our ball movement on offense and stout on defense to get the win."

The Bengals added to their lead a couple minutes later when Isabella Bisciglia scored her first goal of the game to make it 4-1.

Hoosick Falls looked like they cut Tamarac's lead back to two a few minutes later, but Ashley Foster's goal was erased because the goal was called an indirect kick.

After missing on another couple scoring chances to get back in the game, the Panthers were unable to spark any of their past two second half scoring outbursts and fell to their third loss of the season.

"We came out strong and had a chance to take control of the game, but we weren't able to capitalize on it and that allowed them to regroup and mount a comeback," Husser said. "We didn't get the job done both on offense and defense. Just wasn't our day out there."

Senior goalie Sydney Miller finished with 11 saves in net for the Panthers.

Gibbs recorded 11 saves for Tamarac in the win.

With the loss, the Panthers drops to 4-3 on the season.

Up next for Hoosick Falls is another tough task as the Panthers will play Mechanicville on Thursday.


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