BATAVIA — The Livonia girls’ soccer team is no stranger to overtime games. Last season, the Bulldogs played in nine games that featured an extra session and didn’t wait long for their first OT win of the ’20 campaign - a 2-1 comeback effort over Batavia in the Devils’ home opener on Friday night.
The Bulldogs battled the Blue Devils to a 1-1 tie after 80 minutes and needed every bit of OT to complete their comeback effort.
Livonia fell behind early in the first half following a goal from Batavia junior Mackenzie Harmon, who scored off a penalty kick in the 20th minute. Nine minutes later, Bulldogs’ senior captain Emily O’Duffy scored on a broken play in front of the net to tie the score at one.
O’Duffy’s goal came off an assist from junior Kelsey Stewart, who, from about 20 yards out, chipped the ball to the right side of the box, which prompted Blue Devils’ junior goaltender Maddie Barone to come sliding out to secure the ball. While Barone slid toward the ball, she appeared to get caught in the turf and allowed the ball to squirt by her. Behind Barone was O’Duffy, who was waiting in perfect position and quickly put a shot on goal, which clipped the far post before bouncing across the goal line for the game-tying score.
Neither the Devils nor the Bulldogs were able to get much going for the remainder of the second half or during the first overtime session, and it took nearly eight minutes of the second OT before a deciding goal was scored.
With about 2:30 to play, a direct kick was given to Livonia, and the Bulldogs called for sophomore Kylie Buckley to step in and take it.
Positioned about 25 yards out near the right sideline, Buckley sent a blast directly at Barone. The Devils’ keeper was able to make a great save on the initial shot, but was unable to hang on to the ball and allowed the shot’s rebound to bounce at the feet of O’Duffy, who once again found herself in a perfect position to make a play. O’Duffy quickly controlled, wound up, and kicked the ball, this time cleanly into the back of the net for the game-winning goal.
Barone, who played a fine game despite being hit with the loss, finished with seven stops while Livonia goalkeeper, senior captain Olivia Forbes made six saves.
“I am very proud of my team’s effort and overall teamwork,” said Batavia head coach Roger Hume, whose team was celebrating its ‘Senior Night’. “I am happy that our seniors were able to celebrate all their hard work and accomplishment over their many years of soccer.”
With the win, Livonia is now 2-1, while Batavia begins the season at 0-1.
Monroe County League
EASTRIDGE 4 BATAVIA 1
The Lancers’ Sierra Manning and Nevaeh Bunch each led the way with two goals and an assist, while Alexa Ange and Madison Harisis each added an assist. Isabella Barbosa made seven saves in net for Eastridge.
Senior Ava Reinhart scored the lone goal for Batavia on an assist from Harmon.
Eastridge is 1-0 while Batavia is now 0-2.
Genesee Region League
WHEATLAND-CHILI 5 ATTICA 0
Wheatland-Chili senior captain Morgan Parker scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the first half to spark her team’s runaway win.
Freshman Ella Chitaphong added two goals of her own to go with an assist to help lead the Wildcats, while eighth-grader Reghan LaMere also scored in the win.
Senior goalkeeper Rachel Allen finished with four saves for W-C.
“I was very excited for our four seniors to be able to win on ‘Senior Night’,” said Wheatland-Chili head coach Gary Ward.
With the win, the Wildcats are now 3-0, while Attica begins the year at 0-3.
ALEXANDER 5 LYNDONVILLE/MEDINA 2
Junior Samantha Sawyer recorded a hat trick for Alexander, scoring in the 25th minute and 36th minute of the first half, and the 10th minute of the second half. Freshman Madison Fuller assisted on Sawyer’s second goal of the day and added a goal of her own, which she scored in the 15th minute of the first half to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead. Assisting on Fuller’s goal and Sawyer’s first goal was junior Carly Burgess, who added a tally of her own in the 17th minute of the first half. Senior Allison Mileham assisted on Sawyer’s third goal of the afternoon.
In net, junior goalkeeper Sam Kabel recorded four saves for Alexander (2-1).
Lyndonville/Medina is now 1-2.
BYRON-BERGEN 2 OAKFIELD-ALABAMA/ELBA 1
Senior captain Eden Goff scored two goals for the Bees, the game-winner coming in the 10th minute of the second half. Sophomore Ava Wagoner and Freshman Emma Starowitz chipped in assists for B-B.
Senior Madison Harrington scored the lone goal for O-A/E, while senior goalkeeper Brynn Walczak made seven saves.
B-B senior goalkeeper Hope Hersom made five saves for the Bees (2-1). O-A/E is now 1-1.
HOLLEY 3 KENDALL 2
Kendall got out to a 2-0 lead after the first half but allowed Holley to come storming back with three second-half goals. The game-winner came from senior Hayley Skidmore in the 26th minute of the second half. It was Skidmore’s second goal of the game, her first coming in the 15th minute of the second half on an assist from freshman Samantha Bates. Senior captain Halee Passarell scored the Hawks’ other goal, which came just before Skidmore’s first tally.
Kendall freshman Megan Gates and senior captain Madison Jacob found the back of the net in the loss, while senior captain Brianna Wakefield added an assist.
Holley is now 2-1, while Kendall is 0-2.
PEMBROKE 2 NOTRE DAME 1
Sophomore captain Autumn Mathisen scored the lone goal for the Irish, while sophomore goalkeeper Rebeka Nickerson made seven saves.
Notre Dame is now 1-2, while Pembroke improved to 2-1.
Pembroke stats were not submitted.
LE ROY 3 LETCHWORTH 0
Seniors Maddie Keister, Bryn Luckey, and Amara Condidorio all scored for Le Roy. Keister and Condidorio each added assists, as did Maura Dambra.
Le Roy is 1-1, while Letchworth is 0-2.