SKANEATELES — It took nearly 95 minutes, but Skaneateles finally broke through.
Matt Benson’s corner kick bounced around in the box for a few tense seconds until Luke Palmer touched the ball over to Matt Neumann, who headed the ball into the back of the net to lift the Skaneateles boys soccer team to a 1-0 double overtime win over Cazenovia at Skaneateles High School Tuesday.
“We’ve had the same circumstances twice already where we’ve gone two full overtimes with a team and weren’t able to finish,” Neumann said. “We were frustrated the entire overtime and needed to put one in the net. It’s relieving that we finally found a way to do it.”
After a rocky first 10 minutes, the Skaneateles defense kept the ball out of their end for the majority of the game. Cazenovia had sporadic chances, but Skaneateles was quick to clear.
Skaneateles goalie Evan Goldman finished with four saves for the shutout.
“He didn’t get a lot of action, but when he did — a shot from their leading scorer — he made a key save that changed the momentum,” Skaneateles coach Aaron Moss said.
On the other end, Skaneateles consistently created scoring opportunities, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
“We created a bunch of opportunities, but that’s been our frustration early in the season,” Moss said. “We’re creating a ton of opportunities and averaging 16 or 17 long throws a game on top of four to six corners a game, but we’re not finishing with the goals that we’d like.”
Skaneateles finally finished 4:27 into the second overtime session off of its eighth corner of the game.
“We played better in the second half than we did in the first, but we were still missing that last piece,” Moss said. “That’s been our focus and will continue to be our focus for the rest of the season.”
The Lakers hope to refine their scoring touch quickly. Skaneateles (4-0-2) begins a stretch of eight games in 12 days with a match against Solvay Thursday.
“Everything they’ve been told by the coaching staff, parents and training staff has to be done,” Moss said. “If you skip a step, you’re going to end up not playing. We have to stay laser-focused on training, eating right, staying hydrated, stretching and sleep.”