South girls battle to tie with Bloom

With just seconds remaining on the scoreboard, Bloomsburg quickly set up a ball on a direct kick near the goal line and was hoping they could sneak in a quick goal to end the game near the horn in the second overtime period.

And while the shot was nice, it rolled just wide to the far post and out of bounds as the horn went off at South Williamsport.

The late attempt added some drama, but the end result on Saturday morning was a 2-2 opening double overtime draw for both South Williamsport and Bloomsburg in girls soccer.

“It’s just such a great game to watch. I thought we played well today. We played to our game plan, wanted to be more direct … We tried to get some people high and we had a lot of chances that we just (missed),” Bloomsburg coach Jon Joseph said. “Maybe midseason you put those in, but credit to them, they’re so tough. It’s great soccer. I was sitting there biting my nails the whole time.”

South Williamsport’s Lela Warner was in the right place at the right time late in the second half to put in the game-tying goal. After South Williamsport sent in a corner kick, Bloomsburg goalie Abby Gerasimoff tried to catch it, but couldn’t quite hold onto it.

As the ball landed right near Warner, the junior turned and instinctively tapped it to the left post to tie the game up at 2-2 with 12:20 to play.

“That’s what she does, she has a nose for the goal,” South Williamsport first-year coach Dan Solley said.

Warner scored both of South’s goals. She had the opening goal of the day about five minutes into the game when Ashley Gardner sent a cross to Warner, who took it down to just outside the goal box and fired a high shot for the early 1-0 lead.

Bloomsburg’s Paige Temple peppered South Williamsport goalie Alyssa Johnson throughout the first half, as the Panthers recorded eight shots on goal. But with 15:50 to play in the first half, Temple had a breakaway to about 10 yards out before she fired to the right post.

Johnson had a great dive to try and save it, but the ball was just out of the reach of her fingertips and rolled in to tie the game at 1-1.

While it was an 8-3 shots on goal advantage in the first half, the game was even from there on out as both teams had three shots on goals through the second half and both overtime periods.

“We had our defensive mid shift back and Megan Weber, she’s another captain, once she gets focused, she simply starts to direct the whole defense for us,” Solley said. “We just dropped the defensive mid and once we dropped defensive mid, they were playing three players up high and were very fast and playing line balls, so once we cut off line balls, then we got settled.”

“They adjusted and they played better in the second half for sure,” Joseph said.

Bloomsburg took the lead with two minutes to go until halftime when Haley Widom scored from the corner of the 18, rifling a shot to the far left post at an open goal.

South Williamsport’s Kerrin Summerson had a great defensive play early in the first half when Bloomsburg’s Molly Ashford got a breakaway and looked to have a nice 1-v-1 opportunity, but Summerson helped track her down and get possession to clear it out.

South Williamsport 2,

Bloomsburg 2 (2 OT)

SW–Lela Warner, 34:39. B–Paige Temple, 15:50. B–Haley Widom, 1:51. SW–Warner, 12:20.

Shots: B 11, SW 6. Corners: B 7, SW 5. Saves: B (Abbey Gerasimoff) 4, SW (Alyssa Johnson) 9.

Records: Bloomsburg (0-0-1), South Williamsport (0-0-1).