It was the type of deja vu the Dunkirk Marauders would rather not have.
For the second straight game, the Marauders lost on an own goal at the hands of Alex Crossan.
On Thursday, Fredonia's Pat McCarthy's shot deflected off Crossan and into Dunkirk's net in overtime as the Hillbillies escaped with a 1-0 win in CCAA Division 1 boys' high school soccer.
OBSERVER?Photos by Craig Harvey
At left,?Fredonia’s Jeff Mulkin delivers a lead pass during Thursday’s CCAA?Division 1 boys’ high school soccer game.
At right, Dunkirk’s Alex Crossan takes a goal kick.
"Alex Crossan has been a leader for me all year long," Dunkirk coach Brian Crawford said. "He switched positions this year and moved to my sweeper and all he has done is give me 100 percent and been a leader on and off the field. My heart goes out to him because all the kid is doing is playing outstanding soccer. I have nothing but praise for him. He has solidified my defense and my heart goes out to him. He played an outstanding game. The way things are going, it's not due to lack of effort and not lack of pride, it's just we are getting snake bitten. We aren't getting the bounces. These kids are working their tails off and doing whatever they can. There is one bounce each game that goes against us. I love the way my team fought and love the way they played."
Fredonia played its usual style of possession soccer and did not allow for many Dunkirk opportunities.
Dunkirk's Zach Meadows had a strong game for the Marauders at forward, but Crawford was mainly pleased with his team's defense.
"Give credit to my defense, starting with Alex," he said. "They did an outstanding job. Kyle Gawronski played his best game ever. Brad Majikowski played outstanding as did Josh Berakah. My whole defense was solid.
"Give Fredonia credit," Crawford continued. "They have great soccer players. They possessed the ball well and they kept coming. It was fun to be a part of. You throw out the records in these Fredonia-Dunkirk games in any sport. It was a fun game to be a part of. Both teams battled, we just came up on the short end of the stick."
Dunkirk returns to action Saturday when it travels to Salamanca.
Salamanca 1,?Silver Creek 0
SILVER CREEK - Ford Reynolds' goal 18 minutes into the second half proved to be the game winner as the Salamanca Warriors blanked the Silver Creek Black Knights (2-5-1), 1-0, Thursday in CCAA Division 2 boys' high school soccer.
The Black Knights' best scoring chance came with five minutes remaining as Joe Braxton fought off a pair of Warrior defenders, but could not find the back of the net.
Mackenzie Tucker was the winning goalie with two saves while his counterpart, Dan Sweetman, made eight saves in a losing effort.
The Black Knights host Cassadaga Valley on Saturday.
North?Collins 3, Frewsburg 1
NORTH COLLINS - Jared Keppel, Todd Youngman and Chris Pulinski each scored a goal as the North Collins Eagles (6-1, 6-1) defeated the Frewsburg Bears, 3-1, Thursday in CCAA Division 3 boys' high school soccer.
Keppel and Youngman each had an assist for the winners.
Kyle Loretto was the winning goaltender with six saves.