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Loyalsock freshman Cominski knocks in game-winner for 1st career score

It happened fairly fast in overtime. After a quick whistle by the referee, the ball was set just outside of the 6-yard box for a free kick for Loyalsock. That’s when Piper Bennett wasted no time, and kicked it to her left.

There on the receiving end was freshman Kina Cominski, who tapped it in to the left post for the game-winning goal.

Cominski’s goal was her first varsity goal and it gave Loyalsock an exciting 2-1 win in overtime over South Williamsport at Penn College on Monday afternoon to give the Lancers their first win this year.

“I told the girls before the game, no matter what happens from the other team, if we score two, we’re going to win,” Loyalsock coach Ben Comfort said. “I said get your two goals, we’ll go for the shutout. If we have a slip-up or something, we still have the extra goal to get up and go ahead.”

The two teams went into the half tied, but South Williamsport controlled the possession throughout the first 40 minutes, yielding only one shot against the Lancers.

While the Mounties did fire nine first-half shots Mari Houseknecht was as solid as you could expect a goalie to be. The junior routinely came up with stops and had the play of the game when she jumped and got her fingertips barely on a ball to tip back Amilee Miller’s shot. Just about anytime the Mounties fired a shot at her, Houseknecht came up with the stop.

“I think their goalie was fantastic. That goalie made some great saves. I think the goalie was the difference in the game,” South coach Marc Lovecchio said. “They had their opportunities, we had our opportunities, but I think the goalie made some great saves.”

“Mari’s been our MVP for the first four games,” Comfort said.

In the second half, it was South’s goalie Laila Shams who came up with big saves, recording three great second-half saves to preserve the tie.

Loyalsock got on the board first when Rhandie Jessell scored off a Maggie Ryder assist with 24:19 remaining in overtime. But a minute later, South Williamsport responded when Brooklyn Lentz tapped in a ball to tie the game at 1-1.

“That was huge. Anytime you can score after the other team scores, that’s a big plus. I was actually worried about that. I was worried because they’re well coached, they know how to play and I was worried if we didn’t get a goal right away, it would end up 1-0,” Lovecchio said. “So that was a big goal for us. It gave us a little momentum.”

Loyalsock appeared to have scored a second goal with 19:35 to play when a corner was sent inside the box and Jessell tapped it in, but amongst the celebration with teammates, the referee blew the whistle and called a handball, negating the shot attempt and erasing the would-be goal.

South Williamsport had two great shots in a row with 6:07 to play that almost gave the Mounties the go-ahead shot.

Miller got the ball just outside of the 6-yard box and fired a great shot to the right post. Her shot hit directly off the upright and stayed in play. South’s Claudia Green followed the ball and tried sending a high shot about Houseknecht to the top bar, but it went just high by a foot over the goal.

The Mounties had a few chances in the first half to go a goal ahead, notably from senior Haley Neidig who routinely made things difficult for Loyalsock’s backline with her speed.

Loyalsock had just one shot in the first half, but in the second half the Lancers fired seven, five of which were on goal.

“I think we were wearing them down a little bit physically. I thought South did a good job early on trying to possess the ball, but later in the game they were just pulling everything out of the back which kind of opened some space in the midfield for us,” Comfort said. “We were able to take out and move the balls wider, which I think opened up their back line. We created some really great chances, got some corners. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to finish early on, but we got the win in overtime.”

Loyalsock 2,

South Williamsport 1 (OT)

L–Rhandie Jessell (Maggie Ryder), 24:19. SW–Brooklyn Lentz, 23:08. L–Kina Cominski (Piper Bennett), 6:32.

Shots: L 6, SW 7. Corners: L 4, SW 5. Saves: L 5 (Mari Houseknecht), SW 4 (Laila Shams 4, Claudia Green 0).

Records: Loyalsock (1-3), South Williamsport (1-3).

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