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Soccer: Corbin snaps Oneida’s winning streak despite late comeback effort

ONEIDA  |  Corbin snapped Oneida’s five-game win streak Monday (Sept. 12), but not without some late-game dramatics.

The Red Hounds jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second half at Jane Terry Hoffman Field, only to see the Lady Indians battle back to a 5-4 finish before time expired.

Senior Aliyah Douglas finished with a hat trick, while fellow senior Alexea Jones also scored a goal in the comeback effort.

“I expected to see a group similar to ours tonight,” Oneida coach Phil Newport said. “It took us much of the first half to locate what would work against Corbin.”

 The Lady Indians were without four players, which Newport said impacted his team.

“Lydia Kline and Rory Blevins were very active in the back and played the full 80, as did Ayla Sims,” Newport said. “I was pleased with our second half effort in making the outcome interesting.”

Oneida had gone nearly 400 minutes without allowing a goal, but Corbin snapped that streak by finding the back of the net early, then added a second goal in the 28th minute to make it 2-0 at the half.

Two quick goals in the second half made it 4-0 with 35:38 remaining, and it looked like the game was spiraling out of control.

But just two minutes and one second later, Douglas scored an unassisted goal to get Oneida on the board, and the comeback was on. 

The Lady Indians made it 4-2 with 24:49 remaining, when Jones scored off an assist by Douglas. Corbin added an insurance goal shortly thereafter, which it turned out it would need. Douglas would score twice more, first on an assist by Blevins less than a minute later, then off an assist by Jillian Cross late in the match.

With only 4:25 remaining after Douglas’s third goal, however, Corbin was able to hang on to win.

“We got a little momentum with Aliyah coming loose and Jones finding some space to shoot,” Newport said. “Some may think we were looking ahead (to Thursday night’s important match at Cumberland Gap) but I was just looking for my players to buy into the moment on top of us.

“I felt there were instances tonight where that was happening and sometimes it was a little sideways,” he added. “Corbin resembles us in a lot of ways so it felt good that we punched back in the second half. Overall it affects the record, but these girls keep you on the edge of your seat. I hope we have the group ready for Cumberland Gap on Thursday.”

Newport said his team will need to be ready to get Cumberland Gap’s best effort.

“They have been grinding opponents lately and I am certain we left a bad taste in their mouth last year, so they will load up all they got on us,” he said. “We know we have a bigger hill on Thursday.”

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