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Magic are Fit to be Tied

by cnewman

Mt. Mercy Academy didn't generate a lot of scoring chances and in the end in hurt them as they tied Frontier 1-1 in a non-league game Tuesday afternoon at Frontier High School.

"We have to do a better job finishing and scoring more goals," stated Mt. Mercy coach John Glose. "We are a defensive team. We play real good defense, but we have to continue to work hard to finish the final third."

The Magic dominated the play in the midfield during the first half and were finally rewarded when Isobel Johnson lofted the ball over the Frontier goalkeeper.

The play started with Rebecca Alvira taking control of the ball in the midfield and trying to get off a shot. The Frontier defender blocked the first attempt by Alvira, but the ball fell right to the feet of Johnson - who then put it home.

The Magic would have a great chance at the end of the half to take a two-goal lead but the shot from Alvira hit the crossbar as time expired.

The Magic were not as fortunate in the second half as Frontier took control of the game and the midfield, and the Falcons were rewarded with their hard work when they tied the score early in the half.

"They did a good job, they played a lot of long balls," stated Glose. "Our defense did a good job for the most part, we only gave up one. We have to do a better job of pressuring those girls - so they can't send the long balls."

From there it was a battle of midfielders as the play was bottled up in the middle of the field most of the half.

The Falcons did have a few chances late in the half, but Mt. Mercy goalkeeper Kaitlynn Skipper came up big making some good saves.

The game remained tied into overtime, where both teams didn't generate any chances in the five minutes half.

Next up for the Magic (2-0-1) is a home contest with Nichols at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 at Potters Field in South Buffalo.

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