Vikings gain 2-2 OT tie with Pumas

Maria Carrillo’s Victoria Kovatch, left, and Montgomery’s Lauren Sizoo. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason / PD).

By MIKE COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

One team was undefeated, the other trying to improve, yet little separated Maria Carrillo and Montgomery in another classic Wednesday as the girls’ soccer powers tied 2-2 in overtime.

The game was played so even that both teams banged shots off crossbars in overtime. Also a very physical contest at times, neither team gained an advantage and both came away frustrated without a win.

“It’s disappointing. Our team got so used to winning,” said Maria Carrillo defender Kendra Corsberg. “As a team we have to think positively and think that it’s a new day.”

Keeping the Pumas (11-0-1, 7-0-1) out of the win column for the first time this season was no moral victory for Montgomery (9-2-4, 5-1-2), said Alyssa Anderson, who scored both Vikings’ goals. But the Vikings played one of their better games and that should pay off with better results over the remaining North Bay League games and playoffs, she said.

“Whenever we play them it’s always a physical game. It’s always a great challenge,” Anderson said. “It sets us up to push to the next level.”

Maria Carrillo came out with the speed and skill that has made them the North Bay’s top team. Less than five minutes into the contest, Sara Tosti scored the first goal on a feed from Sarah Sullivan.

While the Pumas would continue to keep the pressure on Montgomery, they managed few open shots. With the Vikings defense getting more balls to midfielders, the momentum swung to Montgomery.

The equalizer came on a nice combination of passing across Maria Carrillo’s half of the field. Kelly Schnur took a ball from fellow midfielder Destiny Albaugh, faked right, went left and then swung right for a long angled serve to Anderson on the right sideline and a shot that eluded the charging Maria Carrillo goalkeeper.

Threatening to break the tie for long stretches, Montgomery’s best chances came late when Anderson made a crossing pass to Megan Dellavalle who dove and punched the ball just wide of the goal. On the Vikings’ next possession, a corner kick was headed toward the goal before Corsberg headed it back out.

Keeping pressure on from their back line, the Pumas created more chances. But the best was a Corsberg free kick from 45 yards out that Christen Chalmers headed out of danger.

With the Pumas’ defenders and midfielders playing back more to open the second half, Montgomery kept long possessions, though managed few scoring chances. The Vikings broke the tie on a long pass from Dellavalle that Anderson took in stride and sped into space down the left side and booted on a crossing shot into the goal.

The Pumas regained their offensive form with Corsberg and back Yvonne Metz playing up to cut off balls and feed midfielders, led by Victoria Kovatch.

On the game’s final score, Metz volleyed a Montgomery clearing attempt near midfield, forward Katie Mohr directed a header to the left, and Laurel Shepperd settled the ball for a shot and a tie.