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The Times
  • GIRLS' SOCCER: Poland rallies to beat Remsen

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  • REMSEN, N.Y. — The Poland Tornadoes rallied from a two-goal deficit late in the second half Tuesday against Remsen and earned a 3-2 overtime victory in a Center State Conference Division IV match between state-ranked teams.
    Host Remsen led the defending Class D state champion Tornadoes 2-0 with less than five minutes to play, but Mikayla Blumenstock and Paige Sullivan scored in a one-minute span to force overtime. Blumenstock scored the game-winner with 1:13 left in the second 10-minute overtime session.
    “I couldn’t ask for a better ballgame,” Remsen coach Jim Wilder said.
    Joleen Marfone and Elisha Hamilton scored second-half goals to give the lead to the state-ranked No. 5 Rams (7-1-0). Hamilton assisted Marfone on the first goal with 22:39 left in the second half, and the freshman forward finished off a corner kick with 17:40 to play. Brittany Waterbury assisted on Hamilton’s goal.
    Second-ranked Poland (7-2-0) cut the lead to 2-1 with 4:39 left on Blumenstock’s first goal. Sullivan tied the game one minute later on a penalty kick after Remsen’s Hailey Murray was called for taking down Blumenstock in the penalty box.
    “It was a call,” Wilder said. “She did take her down.”
    Blumenstock, a sophomore forward who was the Most Outstanding Player at the state final four last year, said the first goal changed the tone of the match.
    “It was a new game and we knew we were in it,” Blumenstock said.
    Shiane Irwin set up the winner with a run down the right side of the field. Irwin beat a defender in the flat and sent a crossing pass toward the middle of the field for Blumenstock, who finished off her 18th goal of the season.
    “After the first goal, I didn’t like the way we were playing at that point,” Wilder said. “We were backing up to (goalkeeper Mieka Scott) and our game is to push it up.”
    Remsen’s Scott and Poland’s Courtney Green both were tested throughout the match, and made key saves to keep the game scoreless into the second half.
    Scott, a senior who returned to the sport when all-state senior keeper Megan Will had shoulder surgery in the spring, had 14 saves. Green had 18 saves for Poland.
    The Tornadoes take on Owen D. Young Thursday in Springfield Center.

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