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September 26, 2013

Poor start costs OHS boys in 3-1 loss at Forks

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Coulter Wiley scored two first-half goals to lead Chenango Forks to a rare boys soccer victory over visiting Oneonta High, 3-1, Wednesday in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.

Longtime Yellowjackets coach Alex Brannan said it’s the first time since a sectional loss in 2008 that the Blue Devils have beaten his squad.

“It was one of those days where it was just working,” said OHS coach Alex Brannan, whose team beat Forks, 2-1, earlier this season. “One of our players was late for the bus, so were late getting there and you just have that bad feeling. Then they scored 6 minutes in.”

On Coulter’s first goal, Brannan said the Yellowjackets had several defenders in position to stop him, but “everyone stood there looking at him. They were looking and saying, ‘I thought you had it.’ I said, ‘Guys, I don’t care who has it, just somebody go to the ball.’ Every goal we’ve given up this year has been a defensive mistake. It’s just guys standing around thinking somebody else will do it.”

Coulter scored again 11 minutes later to make it 2-0. It came shortly after OHS defender Kai Davies suffered an ankle injury and had to come out.

Brannan said Coulter was close to being offsides on the play. He got behind a midfielder and a defender en route to the goal.

The Yellowjackets (6-2, 6-2) halved their deficit with 13 minutes left in the half on a penalty kick by Theo Malone. He was pulled down in the penalty box before scoring on the pk to the right side.

Malone had an excellent chance to tie the score with 11 minutes left in regulation. He had a breakaway but pushed his shot by the post. A minute later, Brandon Dutcher scored for Forks to make it 3-1.

“We didn’t play well enough to win,” said Brannan, whose team won the STAC title last season. “We’ve been playing in that mediocre range and getting results. Today, we played in that mediocre range and didn’t get results. We didn’t get the ball in the back of the net and it’s always harder when you’re away from home, especially on turf.”

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