ST. JOHNSVILLE, N.Y. — Fresh off their first win of the fall, the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Wolves played Northville’s undefeated Falcons to a scoreless overtime tie Monday at Soldiers and Sailors Park.
The Wolves preserved their half of the shutout by standing up to a direct kick and a corner kick in the final 45 seconds of the second 10-minute overtime period. Tyler Henderson was unable to put the direct kick on goal but the defense played the ball over the end line, giving Northville a corner kick as the final second ticked away. Once again, the Falcons failed to put the ball on goal.
Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville had the best chance late in regulation and again in the first overtime. Dylan Klock made a long run up the field with about five minute left in the second half and sent his shot high over the crossbar. Johnny Vicciarelli took a free kick straight on from 25 yards out in the first overtime period and sent that over the crossbar, as well, missing the net by less than a foot.
Northville’s Wolfie Reinke rolled a shot off the post in the second half.
A positional switch of Klock and Vicciarelli seemed to pick the Wolves up against Northville which had won its first four matches and was listed 11th when the New York State Sportswriters Association released its first Class D poll earlier in the day. Vicciarelli moved back to anchor the defense while Klock took his spot on the front line.
“I think we have the puzzle pieces,” Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville coach Travis Heiser said. “We just have to figure out where they fit. What we started out with wasn’t working. The adjustments we’ve made the last two games have worked. Will they continue to work? You don’t know. There will be more adjustments to make.”
Monday’s tie followed a 2-0 win Friday against Fort Plain after the Wolves started the season with back-to-back losses.
“It’s always good to get that goose egg off,” said Heiser who added that Monday’s match was an important one for his team after Northville knocked last year’s pre-merger St. Johnsville team out of the Section II playoffs with a 1-0 semifinal win. “When sectionals come around you’re going to have to go through Northville or (third-ranked) Fort Ann.”
Nate Trumble made nine saves for Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville (1-2-1) and Tim Monette had four for Northville (4-0-1) as each team earned its second shutout of the young season.
The Wolves are home Wednesday for a match against Galway.