PLAISTOW — It was as physical as a soccer game could be and not even 20 minutes of overtime could determine a winner between Timberlane and Londonderry as two of the best boys’ teams in the state played to a 2-2 draw on Friday.
If there was any one player who shined brightest it was Londonderry’s Anthony Ramy, who had both the Lancer goals. The first came in the fourth minute, an easy tap-in at the goal mouth. The latter came with Londonderry down a goal.
A ball took an odd deflection off a Timberlane defender and landed at Ramy’s feet. He powered it home to tie the game in the 68th minute. “I think Anthony has the ability to be a very good player,” Londonderry coach Todd Ellis said. “I think mentally if he figures out what he needs to do all the time he will achieve his full potential.”
While Ramy provided the heroics needed for the Lancers (1-2-1), it was the Owls (2-0-2) who controlled the offensive flow of the game. Timberlane fired 16 shots to just six by Londonderry.
“We had our opportunities,” Timberlane coach Mitch Mencis said. “We didn’t put away some golden ones. To Londonderry’s credit, they played hard. It was a good battle.”
The Lancers got quality goaltending from Alex Hufford. The senior made nine saves for the Lancers to keep Londonderry within striking distance. His two saves in overtime, including a diving stop to pull back a ball from the goal line, helped seal the draw.
“Alex played well,” Ellis said. “He’s a captain and we need him to continue to be a verbal leader on the field.”
The game was intensely physical across the field. Timberlane’s first goal came in the 40th minute off a tip-in from Matt Barney in the scrum of a chaotic set piece.
In the 48th minute Hufford came off his line to try to get the ball from a streaking Jacob Stewart but instead took out Stewart at the ankles and drew a yellow card and a penalty kick.
Hufford had to leave the field, and Timberlane senior Cameron Ross put home the PK past the diving hand of Colby DiMaggio, who came on in relief for the penalty kick.
Ross led the Owl attack and consistently found holes on the left side of the field.
“Very pleased,” Mencis said. “We focus a lot on becoming a family throughout the season. That’s our number one goal. The soccer kind of builds off of the team coming together as a group.”