Cleveland Controls The Second Half To Win The Silver Cup Championship 8-7 Over St. Mary’s Academy

Oregon City — The 2022 OGLA Silver Cup Championship went down on Wednesday evening in Oregon City between the St. Mary’s Academy Blues and Cleveland Warriors, the title game of the OGLA’s secondary postseason bracket. This matchup had spurts of excitement and plenty of chess playing, all complete with a back-and-forth match that came with a comeback victory to win the Silver Cup title.

The first five minutes were pretty quiet as both teams tried to size up each other, with Cleveland finally striking at the 19:38 mark of the first half, getting a score from Camila Sisco to take an early 1-0 on the Blues. St. Mary’s Academy would get an answer a few minutes later from Annie Lefever, who tied the game up at one goal apiece. Cleveland quickly responded with a goal from Lloy Bartolotti, retaking the lead 2-1 with 15:49 left in the half. After Bartolotti’s score, we had a drought that lasted almost eight minutes of game time, with the Blues finally breaking it on a goal by Maija Enestvedt that tied it 2-2. The Warriors once again took the lead back in the game, scoring on an Olivia Taylor goal to take it back 3-2 with 5:17 left in the half. The Blues found some rhythm to end the half, going on a three-goal tear on scores by Evie Kim, Lefever, and Nora LeBlanc, seizing a 5-3 lead at the half against Cleveland.

Finding themselves trailing for the first time, the Warriors dug deep and struck in the first three minutes of the second half, picking up a score from Cailin Walker to cut it down to 5-4 Blues. St. Mary’s Academy proceeded to comeback with Lefever’s third goal of the game, extending their lead back out to 6-4 with 22:11 left in the game. Cleveland fought back strong and took control, picking up back-to-back goals from Sisco and Walker to tie the game up at six goals apiece. Lefever went for a fourth score with 15:20 left in the game, handing the Blues the lead once more 7-6 over Cleveland. The Warriors would strike once again through draw control and subsequent possession, going back-to-back again through Bartolotti and Sisco scores, taking the lead back 8-7 with 8:51 remaining. At the four-minute mark, LeBlanc struck to tie the game for the Blues, but it was negated due to an offside call and possession went to Cleveland. The Warriors would play keep away for the final minutes of the Silver Cup Championship, ultimately hanging on 8-7 to win the title.

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