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" Lady Bisons lose overtime heartbreaker in District 9 semifinals"
Reprinted with permission from The Progress , 11-4-09
Article by Josh Mlot
Thanks to Progress Sports Editor Jaclyn Yingling and her staff for their cooperation.
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Visbisky's goal sends BHS girls into D-9 title game

Era Sports Writer

Three corner kicks into overtime, Bradford High midfielder Nicole Teribery literally booted her team into position to win Tuesday night at Parkway Field.

After 87 minutes and nine seconds of scoreless soccer, Teribery’s third strike from the corner flag at the 7:51 mark of overtime sent the ball trickling through Clearfield’s box and its defenders.
The ball finally reached the foot of teammate Kate Visbisky, who promptly kicked it into the net to give the Lady Owls a 1-0 win over the Lady Bisons in a District 9 Class AAA girls’ soccer semfinal playoff game.

Surely, the win was satisfying — in more ways than one — for the Lady Owls as they were on the losing end of a one-goal game against Clearfield Oct. 23.

BHS head coach Tony Doriguzzi said the ending to his self-proclaimed “chance for redemption” wasn’t a surprise, though
“Well yes, actually,” Doriguzzi said when asked if he thought the game would come down to such a dramatic situation. “We played them last year for a draw. There was a goal that slipped through Kayla’s (Hayden) hands the last game. We were practicing penalty kicks this week to prepare for a penalty-kick decision.”

For parts of the first half and a majority of the second stanza, the match didn’t seem conducive to a close finish.

Thanks to Brooke Mohney and Briana Bowman, a duo that combined for 8-plus shots, Clearfield’s forwards broke down the Lady Owls’ defense for multiple breakaways and point-blank looks.

Even worse for the Lady Owls was the fact that one of their leaders in points and in the midfield, forward Alice Chen, was out with an illness.

“I told them good teams find a way to win,” commented Doriguzzi. “We can’t use that as
an excuse. They knew they had to rise to the occasion and many of them stepped up. Everybody brought their A-game.”

Not letting her coach down while picking her teammates up, Hayden delivered what was arguably the most significant single-game performance in net Tuesday.

The sophomore goalkeeper stopped 17 shots, none bigger than the three consecutive saves from the 21:35 to the 20:35 mark in the second half.

Said Doriguzzi of his keeper’s sequence of stops, “Those saves were probably what saved us and sent us on to the championship game.”

Similarly, the Lady Owls' defense mounted a stop early in the overtime period that would eventually help them reach a favorable outcome.

What was a familar sight to onlookers at Parkway Field, Bowman skirted by Bradford’s defense with a quick deke that left a wide-open green field between her and Hayden.

Recovering, defenders Meagan Hillard and Elizabeth Gardner chased Bowman down to the 18, where Gardner poked the ball safely away to end the scare.

If Bradford’s x-factor was thwarting these Lady Bison scoring chances, then Clearfield’s pitfall was not fulfilling the same, frequent occasions.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t tack those on. We outshot them the entire game,” said Clearfield head coach Jen Wright. “It only takes one opportunity to capitalize. When you give up three corner kicks in a row, one is bound to go in the back of the net. You hope it doesn’t happen but it did.

“We got the runs and crosses from our outside midfielders. We were in their end, but we just could not finish. Unfortunately, that one slipped through. But, you know, it went through all 11 players to find the back of the net.”

In net for the Lady Bisons was Brandie Centi. She steered away 10 shots in what Wright called an “excellent” outing.

Clearfield ends the season with a 6-10-3 record.

As for Bradford (10-9), its coach knows his Lady Owls probably won’t be able to just ride the coattails of lady luck in their D-9 title game against DuBois (12-6-1) at Brockway on Thursday at 5 p.m.

“It was probably a little more tense than I hoped for,” Doriguzzi said of his team’s game against Clearfield. “We had some opportunities early in the match, but we weren’t able to capitalize. That’s something we’re going to have to work on.”

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