Warren falls to Meadville in OT

Warren keeper Alyssa Andersen makes a save late in the second half of a game against Meadville at War Memorial Field, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The save, off a corner kick, preserved a lead and the Dragons went on to defeat the Bulldogs, 5-4.

MEADVILLE, Pa. – Riding a 4-game winning streak, Warren’s girls soccer team traveled to Meadville Wednesday looking to lock up third place in Region 6 and earn a season sweep of the Bulldogs.

Addie Phillis’ overtime goal prevented both of those scenarios as Meadville scored a 3-2 overtime win over the Dragons at Bender Field. Warren tied the game with less than 1:30 to play in regulation.

“I’m very proud of the girls for battling back,” Warren coach Jeremy Bickling said. “We had to deal with some injuries and a couple of girls under the weather.”

The teams showed how evenly matched they are through the first half, as neither squad was able to find the back of the net.

Liz Adams changed that quickly in the second half. The junior midfielder scored twice in a short time to put the Bulldogs (11-6 overall, 7-6 Region 6) up 2-0.

Meadville was able to stymie Warren (10-7, 8-5) until the late stages of the half. With 4:03 to go, Kyra Wotorson broke through the Bulldogs defense and netted the Dragons first goal of the game.

With time winding down, Wotorson passed to Kyleigh Wilson. Wilson was able to tuck a shot in just past Meadville’s keeper and in to tie the game at 2-2.

Wilson was injured on the play and had to exit the game, leaving the Dragons without one of their fastest players as they headed to overtime.

Phillis found a seam in the overtime, got behind the Warren defense and put the ball in the back of the net for the win.

Much like the first meeting between these teams at War Memorial Field, Sept. 18, the Dragons and Bulldogs battled for a full 80 minutes (and then some in Wednesday’s game) with the outcome in question until the final horn. With the win, Meadville moved to within a game of Warren for the third spot in the region.

Both teams play their final regular season game Oct. 16 and neither will have an easy task. The Dragons can clich sole possession of third with a win at Hickory, or a Meadville loss at McDowell. The Bulldogs can move into a tie for third with a win and Warren loss. The Hornets and Trojans are battling for the region crown.

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JV: Warren 2, Meadville 1

Warren won the junior varsity contest 2-1.

Emily Egger and Taylor Napolitan got the Dragons goals.