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Soccer: Comeback effort falls short in Oneida’s district semifinal game

Lady Indians end season in district semifinals

ONEIDA  |  A comeback effort fell just short at Jane Terry Hoffman Field Wednesday (Oct. 11), as Oliver Springs sprang a 3-2 upset to advance in the District 2-A tournament.

The Lady Indians scored first and last, but it was three straight goals in between by Oliver Springs standout Kylee Moss that put the Bobcats over the top. 

“I congratulate Oliver Springs on their win. They dug real deep and took advantage of their speed,” Oneida coach Phil Newport said. “Their team was invested tonight and I thought we missed some chances, but thought our kids tried hard to equalize things late in the game.

Oneida scored on a goal by early, but Oliver Springs was able to equalize on a goal by Moss to tie the game headed into the intermission.

The Bobcats scored two more goals in the second half to seize control, before put a goal on the board in the 72nd minute to tighten things up.

“I'm not going to say if given more time we could have brought it back, because even though we were mounting another charge Oliver Springs was adding numbers in the back,” Newport said. “Interestingly, we outshot them in both halves but we really didn't get in close enough to finish shots until Rory made a great run to make it 3-2. At that point we still had six minutes left and we got three more looks at it.”

Oliver Springs was not expected to be playing for a district championship, but Moss showed why she was named the District 2-A offensive player of the year by the league's coaches. She has had a big freshman season, with 29 goals and 12 assists during the regular season. She has now scored five goals in the postseason.

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The Bobcats will face Kingston in the district championship game, after the Yellow Jackets dominated Rockwood in the other semifinal on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

As for Oneida, the Lady Indians will graduate a host of seniors. In addition to Blevins and Sexton, this year's seniors include four-year starter in goal , along with sweeper , and defenders , and

Those seniors will leave the program having accumulated 40 wins over the past four seasons.

Nevertheless, Oneida was a young team overall and will return a lot of minutes played from this season. After some early struggles against much larger schools, the Lady Indians settled in, at one point winning nine straight games. They end their season with 11 wins.

The Lady Indians will return their leading scorer, , who will be a senior next year. She had 17 goals and finished with 38 total points this season.

 Also back are several other players that had a big impact early, including freshmen and . Another freshman, , also played big minutes as a freshman, and and were also among the freshmen who saw minutes. 

“There were numerous times tonight we had six freshmen in the game at the same time and some of them played above their age,” Newport said. 

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Oneida will also get back two players who would've played key roles this year if not for injuries — and .

“I felt if we were healthy and at full strength the outcome could have been different for us,” Newport said.

Newport felt being out of school may have had an impact.

“I do feel the fall break was difficult for this group to navigate,” he said.

But Newport made it clear that he wasn't blaming anyone or anything for the loss. 

“I am not going to look at throwing anyone under a bus except myself,” he said. “I haven't been here in any of the seven years I have led this team so it is a little uncharted territory for me.

“I am the coach and I take full responsibility for not getting it done tonight,” Newport added. “It should and does fall on me.”

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ONEIDA  |  A comeback effort fell just short at Jane Terry Hoffman Field Wednesday (Oct. 11), as Oliver Springs sprang a 3-2 upset to advance in the District 2-A tournament.

The Lady Indians scored first and last, but it was three straight goals in between by Oliver Springs standout Kylee Moss that put the Bobcats over the top. 

“I congratulate Oliver Springs on their win. They dug real deep and took advantage of their speed,” Oneida coach Phil Newport said. “Their team was invested tonight and I thought we missed some chances, but thought our kids tried hard to equalize things late in the game.

Oneida scored on a goal by early, but Oliver Springs was able to equalize on a goal by Moss to tie the game headed into the intermission.

The Bobcats scored two more goals in the second half to seize control, before put a goal on the board in the 72nd minute to tighten things up.

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“I'm not going to say if given more time we could have brought it back, because even though we were mounting another charge Oliver Springs was adding numbers in the back,” Newport said. “Interestingly, we outshot them in both halves but we really didn't get in close enough to finish shots until Rory made a great run to make it 3-2. At that point we still had six minutes left and we got three more looks at it.”

Oliver Springs was not expected to be playing for a district championship, but Moss showed why she was named the District 2-A offensive player of the year by the league's coaches. She has had a big freshman season, with 29 goals and 12 assists during the regular season. She has now scored five goals in the postseason.

The Bobcats will face Kingston in the district championship game, after the Yellow Jackets dominated Rockwood in the other semifinal on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

As for Oneida, the Lady Indians will graduate a host of seniors. In addition to Blevins and Sexton, this year's seniors include four-year starter in goal , along with sweeper , and defenders , and

Those seniors will leave the program having accumulated 40 wins over the past four seasons.

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Nevertheless, Oneida was a young team overall and will return a lot of minutes played from this season. After some early struggles against much larger schools, the Lady Indians settled in, at one point winning nine straight games. They end their season with 11 wins.

The Lady Indians will return their leading scorer, , who will be a senior next year. She had 17 goals and finished with 38 total points this season.

 Also back are several other players that had a big impact early, including freshmen and . Another freshman, , also played big minutes as a freshman, and and were also among the freshmen who saw minutes. 

“There were numerous times tonight we had six freshmen in the game at the same time and some of them played above their age,” Newport said. 

Oneida will also get back two players who would've played key roles this year if not for injuries — and .

- Advertisement -

“I felt if we were healthy and at full strength the outcome could have been different for us,” Newport said.

Newport felt being out of school may have had an impact.

“I do feel the fall break was difficult for this group to navigate,” he said.

But Newport made it clear that he wasn't blaming anyone or anything for the loss. 

“I am not going to look at throwing anyone under a bus except myself,” he said. “I haven't been here in any of the seven years I have led this team so it is a little uncharted territory for me.

“I am the coach and I take full responsibility for not getting it done tonight,” Newport added. “It should and does fall on me.”

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