continued Randall’s attempt five minutes later veered left and in the 10th minute and a Kogut header soon after rang off the crossbar.
MPH goalkeeper Cal Dougherty made a diving save on a Stewart Wright rip in the 16th minute and another impressive stop on a Dustin White volley from point-blank in the 37th minute.
“They have a very strong defense so really our game plan was just to try to do some quick counters,” Manlius-Pebbly Hill head coach Don Ridall said. “We were able to do that a couple times and we had some great opportunities. We just needed to get up and attack quickly on them.”
Ochieng had the Falcons two best attempts of the first half. A left-footed shot from 15 yards out rolled into the arms of Trojans goalie Matt Perry in the 21st minute and a 30-yard rip sailed just right of net five minutes later.
Those trends continued in the second half. Dribbling up the goal line from the left side, Wright chipped a ball toward goal. Dougherty jumped and got his fingertips on it before a crashing Randall cleaned it up back post.
But the finish came off his right hand. The goal was disallowed and Randall was issued a yellow card. In its aftermath, Neuner told his team to stay patient.
“Try to play the ball either up to our forwards or get the ball wide,” Neuner said. “The key thing I told them at halftime was to look to switch the ball.”
Gerrit Church received arguably Manlius-Pebble Hill’s best chance of the night in the 57th minute when a header came out to him 25 yards from net. His shot was low, however, and blocked by the Falcons' defense.
Ultimately, neither team was able to score in regulation as defenders Drew Giles and Willie Kniesner turned away Falcons attacks again and again.
“(In) the last 10 minutes, we ran out of legs,” Ridall said. “Our defense kind of hung in there.”
Ultimately, Randall got his redemption as the Falcons completed their third 1-0 victory over the Trojans this season. A heavily disputed foul by Giles set up the game-winning score. Randall said it was only a matter of time, while Neuner simplified to poetic justice.
“He’s been working on that shot all year long,” Neuner said. “He even got a practice goal so he could practice putting it in that spot.”