On Saturday at Patriots Stadium, Olentangy Liberty welcomed Toledo based Oregon Clay High School in the second of a home and home series over the past two seasons. The 2015 match ended in a 1-1 draw.
The match opened with Clay controlling possession in the first 25 minutes, demonstrating the skill, quickness and physicality, especially in the central midfield, that make them one of the top teams in Northern Ohio. Liberty came out flat, lacked energy and found themselves chasing the game and on the losing side of most phyiscal challenges and 50/50 balls. Near the end of the first half, as a storm rolled in Liberty began to connect better, only to have lightning and thunder suspend play with 1:45 left in the half and a 0-0 score.
After an hour delay, play resumed. Possession was more even to start the second half, but the Pattys were still having trouble building an attack in the final third. In the 53rd minute, Seniors Sophie Fallieras, Ellie Bambeck and Junior Madison Rapier entered the game and boosted the energy and effort of the Patriots, and helped to increase pressure on Clay. The result was the first goal of the match and first career Varsity goal for Rapier on an assist from Olivia Sensky in the 65th minute. The match closed out with late goals in the final five minutes from Abby Townsend on a second assist from Sensky, and a goal just before the final whistle on an outstanding low driven cross from the right flank by Natalie Amodeo to Abby Jones on a near post run who volleyed th cross into the net. Emma Campbell registered 6 saves in the shutout effort, in which the entire defensive unit was very solid throughout the match. The Patriots are now 3-0-0 and face Marysville on Tuesday at home in a non-conference match.
In the earlier JVA match, the Pattys raised their record to 3-0-0 with a 3-1 win. Goals were scored by Mia Hill (assist Elise Koshan), and Koshan contributed the final two goals on assists from Grace Linscott and Laura Bichsel. Click HERE for a highlight video (Jeff Fike).