Dollard lifts Lewisburg to 2 OT win over Williamsport
LEWISBURG — There wasn’t a ton of time remaining on the scoreboard in the second overtime period and Lewisburg knew if it wanted to avoid a tie against Williamsport, it had to put in a goal.
Reese Moore was taking off down the outside and sent a great cross to his left high to about 15 yards out. That’s where Anders Dollard was to make something happen.
Dollard jumped up and managed to connect with a perfect header, sending a great shot to his left just out of the reach of Williamsport goalie J.R. Confair to give Lewisburg a 2-1 double overtime victory in an exciting game at Lewisburg on a rainy Thursday evening.
“I was looking for the trampoline or something, but must have been willed,” Lewisburg coach Skip Kratzer said about how high Dollard got on the header. “I know (Moore) can cross the ball well, but it was literally three boys stacked up in a row, any one of them it could have fallen to and just happened that Anders went up and decided he was going to be the one to take the glory.”
It was a case of near deja vu for the Williamsport Millionaires, who lost to Lewisburg last year in a similar fashion.
Williamsport built up a 1-0 lead on Thursday against the defending two-time state champions and played well limiting Lewisburg’s looks, but the Green Dragons managed to score late in the second half to tie it before Dollard put in the game-winner in double overtime. Last year, Williamsport held a 1-0 lead against Lewisburg before the Green Dragons came back to score twice to win.
Tiarnan Ferry scored for Williamsport about 10 minutes into the game when Sam Hillman fed Ferry a great pass just outside of the goal box that he took and quickly fired to just inside of the right post for an early 1-0 lead over Lewisburg.
Williamsport ended the night with an 11-10 shot advantage, and had six shots on goal in the first half alone to Lewisburg’s two.
“The second half we made a little bit of an adjustment there and took one of our midfielders and set him in between (Tom Pombor and Tiarnan Ferry) just to pester them because they were finding too much joy there in first half,” Kratzer said.
“We were just looking to take it kind of 10 minutes at a time. First half, definitely felt it worked to our advantage, calm with things. We took what they gave us. Second half, we didn’t find that counter but we still had some chances,” Kaar said. “And even in OT, first OT we had some chances. We switched things up and pushed three up top to see if we could catch a long ball and attack. Three good looks in OT, I’ll take those chances with the guys we have. Just didn’t fall for us tonight. It was a fun game to watch, good game on both sides and we just happened to come out on losing end today.”
Lewisburg tied the game up with 17:37 to play in regulation when he took a nice shot from outside the goal box and send it just inside the far post to make it a 1-1 game.
For Williamsport, Confair played as solid as you could hope a goalie would play. Confair made nine saves on the night, and countless excellent stops to prevent Lewisburg from adding goals, including four stops in the first overtime period.
“He’s great. I didn’t check the book as far as how many saves, but I know he kept us in it. We’re up 1-0 and he made two, three huge saves just to keep us at 1-0,” Kaar said of Confair. “Without him, Lewisburg is looking to run over you. He’s outstanding back there in the net.”
Williamsport’s Cam Pardoe had a nice opportunity to score a game-winner with 4:17 to play in the first overtime period from about 30 yards out, but Lewisburg goalie Sam Miller caught it to prevent the goal. Ferry then had an excellent shot roughly 30 seconds later just inside of the 18, but Miller made another great stop to prevent a goal.
Lewisburg 2, Williamsport 1 (2 OT)
W–Tiarnan Ferry (Sam Hillman), 29:36. L–Cade Dieffenderfer, 17:37. L–Anders Dollard (Reese Moore), 1:39.
Shots: W 11, L 10. Corners: W 3, L 10. Saves: W (J.R. Confair) 9, L (Sam Miller) 9.
Records: Lewisburg (3-0), Williamsport (2-1).