Second half miscues cost Indians

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> Missed scoring opportunities haunted the Cambridge girls soccer team in their 2-1 overtime loss to Stillwater on Wednesday afternoon.

Tied 1-1 in the first overtime period, Brooke Pickett scored her first goal of the game to give Stillwater a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Early on, the Indians (6-5) showed no fear in Stillwater who entered the game undefeated in Wasaren League action.

The Indians controlled the ball inside the Warriors' end to start the contest, engineering a couple shots on goal, but to no avail.

Cambridge finally got one into the net when Miranda Seacord used her speed to get into the Warriors' box and fire in the game's first goal to give the Indians an early lead.

"Using my speed, I was able to get into their zone and get a good shot on net," Seacord said. "Our team speed really helped us control the pace of the game early on and that helped set up of great shots on net that we had."

As the Indians continued to force the issue offensively, goalie Victoria Dupuis was doing her part to keep Cambridge in the lead.

The junior goalkeeper racked up five saves in the first half, one of them coming on a direct kick by Stillwater to keep Cambridge up 1-0 going into halftime.

In the second half, Cambridge continued to wreak havoc in the Warriors' end, but the Indians' shots continued to not hit their mark, the closest coming off the foot of Taylor Stallmer that floated just wide of the net.

With the Indians missing a golden opportunity to extend their lead, the Warriors started to take advantage of theirs to get back in the game.

Still down one with about 15 minutes left in regulation, Stillwater tied the game when Sydney Wayand shot a bullet right under the outstretched arms of Dupuis for the Warriors' first score of the contest.

Now with game tied, the Indians cranked up the intensity on offense to try to regain their lead, which it looked like they did when Vanessa Evans scored a goal off a crosser by Helen Mooney, but the goal was waved off for Evans being offside.

Cambridge had another chance to regain the lead with just under three minutes left in the contest when Seacord broke away from the pack and a clean breakaway to the goal, but unfortunately for the Indians, Seacord's shot went well over the crossbar.

As both teams missed opportunities to score to start the first overtime period, the Warriors were the ones to break the tie when Pickett came through with what it turned out be the game's winning goal off a nice pass from Wayand to give Stillwater their first lead of the game.

"Sydney gave me a great pass and I was able to score off it to help my team win the game," Pickett said. "It feels great to score a game-winning goal. I'm very proud of myself that I was able to help my team come back and win the game."

Trailing for the first time, Cambridge had another 10 minutes in the second overtime period to tie the game and possibly win it.

The Indians had a chance to tie early on in the period when Seacord had an open look at the net, but her shot sailed right into the arms of Stillwater's goalie.

"I thought we played a really good hard fought game," said Cambridge coach Rich Sweeney. "We just couldn't connect on a couple great scoring chances that we had. I do though like the way we're playing right now and I can see that our team is improving as the year goes on."

Dupuis finished with a game-high nine saves on the day for Cambridge.

With the loss, the Indians drop to 4-5 in league play.

The Indians will try to get back on the winning track when they travel to play Mechanicville on Friday at 4:15 p.m.


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