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September 24, 2008 > Girls of Off the Chain (OTC) continue winning ways

Girls of Off the Chain (OTC) continue winning ways

Submitted By Paul Dunn
Photos By Ed Ohye

OTC and Quicksilver both came into the Thursday, September 11, 5 p.m. game at Fremont's Central Park, unbeaten. OTC got off to the better start and soon put the Quicksilver defense under pressure as Quicksilver had great difficulty getting the ball out of their own half of the field. Erica Ohye and Selina Mahesri both had a couple of good chances in the first fifteen minutes before Megan Dunn stormed down the right wing and unleashed a shot over the stranded Quicksilver goal keeper to give OTC a 1-0 lead.

Quicksilver regrouped and managed to launch a series of attacks, most of which were stymied by OTC's hard working defense of Jessica Spano, Christina Kim, Tiffany Sarchet, Kelly Makela and Kinsey Mead. Quicksilver did win a couple of corner kicks, but that was the closest they got as Rhian Dunn, Rachel Heng and Chrystalle Navarro of OTC regained control of the midfield and fed the OTC forwards with sharp passes. Finally the break through came when Kim, in defense, fed the ball to Karina Paonessa down the left wing. Paonessa beat one player before slotting the ball through to Ohye who pounced on it on the edge of the Quicksilver penalty area and hammered a shot over the goalies head into the roof of the net to make it 2-0, OTC.

In the second half OTC played with the wind at their backs and continued to pressure the Quicksilver defense. Although OTC did not add to their lead, Molly Corey, Nicole Gronski, Sara Talooi and Stephanie Schenbri, along with Sarchet, Ohye, Dunn and Mead all had good chances, but good defending by Quicksilver and great goalkeeping kept the final score 2-0.

OTC entered the field Saturday, Sept. 13, against fellow Irvington team, Blue Steel, feeling pretty good having won their first two games of the season. The fact that it was Nicole Gronski's birthday also added to the celebratory mood. Straight from the kick-off, OTC stormed forward with several sweeping runs from midfield by Selina Mahesri, birthday girl Gronski and Karina Paonessa. OTC peppered the Blue Steel goal with shots, as Erica Ohye, Stephanie Schembri, Megan Dunn, Zarin Kahn, Mahesri and Paonessa all came close to scoring. Blue Steel played desperate defense and their goalie had a career game as she saved shot after shot. Despite OTC's territorial advantage, no goals were scored and the half ended scoreless.

OTC started the second half with a new offensive lineup of Megan Dunn, Rhian Dunn and Kinsey Mead, all of whom came close to scoring in the first few minutes. Even the defense got into the act when Tiffany Sarchet darted through the Blue Steel midfield and defense before unleashing a shot, which went narrowly wide. In fact, it was a defender, Kelly Makela, who set up the only goal of the game. Makela ran onto the end of a poorly cleared ball and lobbed a pass over the top of the Blue Steel defense to Ohye who controlled the ball and slotted it past the goalie from close range to net the game's only tally. OTC went on to win the contest, 1-0.

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