RFA was full speed ahead in the opening half.
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After playing two, forty minute halves of scoreless soccer in rain, wind and occasional sleet, the two teams played two non-sudden death overtime periods, as per Section III playoff rules.
CBA’s Eva Gordon scored just 18 seconds into the first overtime frame to give the Brothers a 1-0 lead. Haley Dobbins picked up the assist on Gordon’s 12th goal of the season.
Just over seven minutes later, sophomore midfielder Sydney Dobbins made it 2-0 in favor of CBA, with an assist from her sister, Hailey, a senior.
The two teams traded goals in the second overtime period, as Anna Schug scored for CBA and Lyndon Hall tallied for Rome.
Unfortunately, for the Romans, their goal was just too late to make a difference and the Brothers move on to the second round.
The first half looked nothing like a number #7 vs. number #2 seed game, as RFA pushed the Brothers back on their collective heels, for a majority of the opening stanza.
When CBA did get first half looks at the Knights goal, RFA senior goal keeper Sarah Fleck was up to the task.
At the 13:31 mark of the first half, CBA’s Anna Schug had an open shot at the RFA goal, but Fleck got a fingertip on the ball and sent harmlessly over the crossbar, keeping the game tied.
Fleck made 8 saves in the first half, as opposed to 3 for CBA keeper Lindsey Evans.
The second half saw the Brothers basically own time of possession and ramp up the pressure around the RFA box.
A huge chance for CBA came with just 3:40 remaining in regulation when Eva Gordon had a breakaway and beat Fleck with a shot, but the ball bounced off the left post, keeping the game tied and ultimately sent the game to overtime.
Sarah Fleck essentially put on a goalie clinic in regulation time, but the Romans simply ran out of gas in the overtime periods and could not convert on the few chances that they had.
The win propels CBA (12-4), the State’s 25th ranked Class “AA” team, into a quarterfinal match with Baldwinsville next Tuesday.
RFA ends its season at (7-8-2).
Christian Brothers Academy 3 RFA 1 OT
1 2 OT1 OT2 Total
RFA 0 0 0 1 1
CBA 0 0 2 1 3