The Portville boys soccer team did an admirable job of containing dynamic Ellicottville duo Jack Snyder and Bryce Butler for nearly 90 minutes.
In the one instance it didn’t, however, it meant the game.
Butler tallied off a Jack Snyder feed with two minutes remaining in the first overtime session to break a scoreless deadlock and lift the Eagles to a 1-0 CCAA East triumph on Monday.
The pairing has accounted for 11 of Ellicottville’s 14 goals this season. On Monday, Snyder carried the ball past multiple defenders — twice — before laying in a “nice little pass” to Butler, whose shot ricocheted off a defender and into the net.
“I thought we were outmatched (at times),” but I thought my kids played hard, they stepped up to the challenge,” PCS coach J.J. McIntosh said. “Ellicottville did a better job of keeping the ball and finding better scoring opportunities, but we still had some of our own.
“We put it on goal a few times and just couldn’t put it away. They’re a good team, and I thought we hung with them. We were right there, it was ours, but we just couldn’t capitalize. They had an opportunity and their two biggest threats made us pay.”
Backup goalkeeper Justin Imhoff made six saves to earn the shutout for the Eagles (5-2), who have won five straight, while Tyler Robinson turned away 10 shots for the Panthers (2-3-1).
Ellicottville 1, Chautauqua Lake 0
Jack Snyder tallied off a Bryce Butler pass 12 minutes in and the goal held up as Ellicottville won its fourth straight following an 0-2 start on Saturday in Mayville.
The marker was Snyder’s seventh of the season. The Eagles have shut out their last three opponents while allowing just one goal during their four-game win streak.
Ellicottville 2, Salamanca/Catt-LV 0
Jack Snyder helped Ellicottville improve to 3-2, scoring two goals for the Eagles Wednesday, Sept. 11 in Cattaraugus.
Bryce Butler assisted on both goals. In net, Jamison Caldwell stifled Salamanca-Cattaraugus Little Valley, making six saves.
For Salamanca-Cattaraugus Little Valley, Jarrett Pond made six saves.