OLEAN — The Olean High boys’ soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to eight games Thursday night, and the Huskies’ latest win will go down as the most dramatic of the bunch.
After more than 79 minutes of scoreless action, Olean’s Collin Young found the back of the net with 42 seconds to play off a throw-in from Geoffrey Broadbent to give the Huskies a 1-0 win over Fredonia in a CCAA Division I contest.
“It was a back-and-forth game all game. Obviously the score tells it,” OHS coach Jim Charles said. “When you score with 42 seconds left in the game, it’s definitely a hotly contested game. (Fredonia) moved the ball really well. It was going to come down to which ever team capitalized on a mistake, and there weren’t many errors out there.
“Geoffrey Broadbent had a throw-in, and the way he can throw it it’s just like a corner kick. He threw in deep into just kind of a big scrum. The goal keeper made a save and bodies were literally flying everywhere and Collin Young just poked it in. The keeper got a hand on it, but it just crossed the line ... just a game of inches today.”
Alex Austin needed only one save to earn his eighth shutout of the year for Olean, which improved to 10-1-1 overall and 6-0-1 in league play. In 12 games this season, OHS has outscored opponents by a 37-7 margin.
“Defensively, we were able to minimize the number of shots they had,” Charles said. “They had seven shots overall and very few quality opportunities to score.
“Going into the second half, I thought we were able to make some adjustments and make some key decisions on the field. Matthew McClelland ... he’s just solid back on defense and he shut down a lot of opportunities. He’s just like a brick wall back there.”
Nick Hart tallied four stops for Fredonia (6-5, 4-3).