NEWPORT, N.Y. — The Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Red Raiders broke a second-half tie with a goal on a penalty kick and defeated the host school 4-2 Sunday to win the West Canada Valley Kickoff Tournament.
The team had been tied at 1 at halftime and West Canada Valley had tied the score again when Shannon Tolman played a direct kick into the net off her body in the 64th minute. Kristen Sportello had an assist on the goal.
A handball was called within the West Canada Valley box with 11 minutes left to play and Amanda Pawlikowski shot low to the left post for the go-ahead goal.
Five minutes later, Tess Lohr, the tournament’s offensive most valuable player, completed a hat trick on a one-on-one run at the goalie.
“The penalty kick broke our back,” said West Canada Valley coach Barb Ellis who had lobbied for an offsides call on the play. “That was a huge call.”
Lohr had scored the first goal of the afternoon and the Indians pulled even on a goal scored by Alexis Bolton five seconds before halftime. Lohr scored again 6 1/2 minutes into the second half.
The Red Raiders held a 19-9 shot advantage and got six saves from Emily Duvall. Olivia Bolton had 14 saves for West Canada Valley.
Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s Therese Pitman was the tournament’s defensive most valuable player.
Adirondack defeated Oriskany 4-0 in the consolation match. Elizabeth Swasy scored three goals and Rebecca Backer had eight saves in the shutout.
The Indians played on the road Monday at Waterville.