Bishop McCort senior Michael Staley caught Richland goalkeeper Joey Devett leaning the wrong way and scored the game-winner less than 3 minutes into overtime Thursday night at Herlinger Field to give the Crimson Crushers a 2-1 victory over the Rams.

That helped Bishop McCort sweep the soccer doubleheader, as the girls team beat Richland 4-0 earlier in the evening.

Staley took a high, midfield pass and deked two defenders before burying the shot inside the far post.

“I just saw the ball played over the top,” said Staley, who has 35 goals this season. “I missed control a little bit, but I beat the defender and saw the goalie cheating to the side. I just put it in the left corner with my right foot.”

The Crushers (11-2) came out uninspired on Richland’s artificial turf, allowing the Rams to open up the scoring in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference match.

Richland junior Troy Lees redirected a Jim Ondesko centering pass to beat Bishop McCort senior goalie Bobby Kniss with more than 4 minutes left in the first half.

“We had some weaker games coming in to this game, so we were kind of flat,” said Bishop McCort coach Boris Banda, who is in his third season with the Crushers. “We need more games like this to get back to our game.”

The slim 1-0 Richland lead held up for more than 35 minutes.

The Crushers kept the offensive pressure on the Rams (10-4) for most of the second half, and with less than 9 minutes left in the game, Staley scored his first goal on a flick header off a David Seidel assist.

“Our guys are getting the ball to him and he’s finishing,” Banda said.

Richland coach Dan Sichak knew what to expect from the Crushers despite the lackluster start.

“In twentysome meetings, no one has had the upper hand,” Sichack said. “Sometimes it comes down to the overtime, and the right play at the right time won it.”

In the girls’ game, Bishop McCort took advantage of the soft turf and secured goals from four different players, and sophomore goalkeeper Emily Petrosky turned aside seven Richland shots en route to the shutout.

The Crushers (12-2) scored first when junior Allison Ayres beat Richland (8-5) goalie Ashley Devorick on a direct kick, slipping a low shot past the sophomore netminder.

McCort’s Kristen Thomas tapped in a loose ball after colliding with Devorick for a 2-0 lead at intermission.

The Crushers added two second-half tallies when Leanna Seminsky scored on a breakaway, blasting a left-footed shot past Devorick into the top-left corner.

Marisa Basile closed the McCort scoring with less than 12 minutes left in the game.

“We don’t get to play on a field like this very often,” Bishop McCort coach Denny Sedei said. “We play possession style – more on the ground than in the air – so this absolutely helped us.”

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