Both teams came into the game ranked in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association poll. OESJ was ranked sixth in Class D, while Northville was 14th.
However, the Lady Falcons used a quick start to post a 3-1 victory over the Lady Wolves in Friday’s Western Athletic Conference contest at the Prospect Street Fields.
The win clinched second place in the WAC Mohawk Division for the Lady Falcons.
“[Northville] played very physical and very hard, and we didn’t match their intensity,” OESJ coach Zale Benton said. “They played harder than we did.”
Brytney Moore scored twice for Northville, while Grace Forsey had a goal and an assist. Kaytelenn VanHeusen added two assists for the Lady Falcons.
Ashley Engle scored the lone goal for OESJ.
“We played hard,” Northville coach Doug Hammons said. “We went after every ball the whole night.”
The Lady Falcons struck first when Moore scored 9:13 into the game to make it 1-0.
It proved to be the only goal of the first half.
Early in the second half, Northville pushed its advantage to 2-0 when Forsey scored with 35:20 to play.
Moore scored her second of the game with 25:37 remaining as she headed home a rebound to make it 3-0.
OESJ (11-3-2 overall, 8-2-1 WAC) got its lone goal with 24:23 to play when Engle scored to make it 3-1.
The Lady Wolves were able to generate several chances in the second half, but Northville keeper Emily Shepard was up to the task, making five second-half stops.
“This was definitely a wake-up call for us,” Benton said. “Now we know we have to play a little bit harder if we see them again.”
Northville finished with a 10-8 edge in shots, but both teams each had seven in the second half.
Shepard finished with six saves for Northville (13-3 overall, 10-1 WAC), while Ashlee Shelmandine made three saves for OESJ.
“This isn’t the end of our season,” Benton said. “That’s the good news about this loss. Now we need to use it to get ourselves ready to play in sectionals.”
The game also was Northville’s senior night and annual pink out.
The Lady Falcons honored seniors Moore, Shepard, Avery Feldman, Madison Whittaker, Karissa Ginter, Josie Mannix, Madison Rhodes and Jenna Ellsworth at halftime.
“I’m very proud of our seniors,” Hammons said.
The Lady Falcons also wore pink in honor of breast cancer awareness, and all admission fees and concession sales from the game were donated to the he fight against breast cancer.
Both teams now await the pairings for the Section II Class D Tournament, which will be announced Monday.
“We’re both Class D schools, so this was important for sectional seeding,” Hammons said. “I think we’re going to see them again soon.”
Mayfield 6, Mekeel Christian 0
MAYFIELD — Kelsey Meca finished with three goals to power Mayfield to a WAC victory over Mekeel Christian Academy.
Lindsey Hampton had a goal and two assists for the Lady Panthers, while Bri Hubiak had a goal and an assist. Jill Botch also scored for Mayfield (6-9-1 overall, 6-4-1 WAC).
The Lady Panthers honored its seniors at the game, which was the team’s final regular-season contest.
Mayfield’s Hubiak, Hampton, Anna Gates and Kat Knecht were honored.
Johnstown 8, Amsterdam 0
JOHNSTOWN — Ally Queeney, Jaidyn Chest and MaryAnn Austin all scored twice to lead Johnstown to a Foothills Council South Division victory over Amsterdam.
Carolyn Fitzpatrick and Roslyn Chapin also scored for the Lady Bills, while Bentley Lane, Madison Delgado, Queeney, Fitzpatrick, Hope Buboltz and Grace Giarrizzo each had an assist.
The Lady Bills outshot the Lady Rams by a 35-8 margin.
Buboltz and Delgado combined to make three saves to share the shutout in goal for Johnstown (7-6-3 overall, 6-6-1 Foothills).
Amsterdam slipped to 3-13 overall and 2-11 in Foothills play with the loss.