Depth Aids Bulldog Sweep; M-W Boys Blank N-N
BY DAVE SHEA
COVID-19 quarantines thinned the ranks of both Heuvelton and Hermon-DeKalb for Thursday's NAC West Boys Soccer game.
Seven Heuvelton players and three from Hermon-DeKalb missed the game in quarantine from the tracing process to positive COVID tests.
But it didn't stop the Bulldogs and Green Demons from playing their second exciting meeting of the season. The first ended in a tie and the second produced a 1-0 Heuvelton win at Coach Stephanie Putney Field.
The Girls soccer matchup between the two schools produced another very competitive affair which saw Heuvelton claim a 2-1 victory at H-D.
In NAC East Boys action 9-1-0 Madrid-Waddington blanked Norwood-Norfolk (3-3-1) 3-0 in the second game of a stretch of three games in four days. In the lone NAC East Girls Soccer game 9-1-1 Chateaugay bested 1-5-1 St. Lawrence Central 3-1-0.
HEUVELTON BOYS 1 - HERMON-DEKALB 0
"Both teams were missing guys tonight but both teams played very well and passed the ball very well," said Heuvelton Coach Bruce Durant.
"Both teams deserve a lot of credit. When we headed into the season with 26 players I felt that it would be a big help if we encountered the situation which were are facing."
The Bulldogs (4-1-2) got credit for a well-earned win on the strength of a goal by Jordan Sawyer five minutes before halftime. Sawyer controlled the ball on the right flank made a quick run and drove a high shot which deflected off a leaping save attempt by Andrew Matthews and dropped into the net.
"It was just a great shot by Jordan who has been a key offensive player for us," said Coach Durant.
"We had some guys step into starting roles and do a good job. Reid Doyle on defense, Brandon Bray up front and Jake and Hunter Venette in the midfield. I also moved Dustin Dodd and Drew Demers into the midfield and they distributed the ball very well. Josh Wroble continued to be a real leader on defense."
Tristan Young stepped into the goal and won his second game of the season and posted an 11-save shutout. Andrew Matthews made 10 saves for H-D (3-3-1) which suffered its second loss in two days.
"For a backup goalie to step in and post a shutout is very impressive. Tristan came through big time," said Coach Durant.
HEUVELTON GIRLS 2, HERMON-DEKALB 1
The Lady Bulldogs lifted their record to 3-2-1 and handed Hermon-DeKalb (1-6) the latest in a series of one-goal losses.
Freshman Katie Cunningham and junior Dee Bellinger combined on both Heuvelton goals. Bellinger scored from Cunningham nine minutes before halftime and Bellinger returned the favor to Cunningham to produce the winning goal with 25 minutes remaining in the game.
The deciding tally broke came five minutes after 1-1 tie created by an unassisted goal by Audri Tehonica off a classy shot. Emma LaFaver stopped four shots from Heuvelton and Emery McQuade handled 12 chances for Hermon-DeKalb.
MADRID-WADDINGTON BOYS 3 - NORWOOD-NORFOLK 0
Jacob Morgan stopped three saves in his second shutout of the week and drew an assist on the only goal of the first half which proved to be the game-winner. Morgan authored a long punt which sprung Brody VanBuren for a break-away goal.
In the second half VanBuren scored his second goal of the game off an assist from Ethan Bailey and Matthew Robinson converted a one-vs-one opportunity against N-N goalie Noah Dominy who made 13 saves on the day.
We played better then we did in Colton but we are still looking to improve our total play. Logan Cordova did a great job with Luke LePage and Tanor Harvey. We only led 1-0 at halftime and it took Brody VanBuren to catch up with a Jacob Morgan punt on a quick transition to put one away," said M-W Coach Ryan Robinson.
"We had all kinds of chances but couldn’t capitalize."
CHATEAUGAY GIRLS 3, ST. LAWRENCE 1
Liv Cook scored all three goals, one on a penalty shot, as the Lady Bulldogs (9-1-1) continued their drive for an East Division title win a win at SLC (1-5-1). Chloe Champagne assisted on two goals. Celeste Gardner scored for the Larries (1-5-1) on a penalty short.
"The kids came out fast and got some nice opportunities. Liv Cook and Chloe Champagne connected on some nice plays that resulted in two goals. A few more near misses and their goalie made some really nice saves. They adjusted and played a little more defensive minded the second half but we kept the pressure on them," said Chateaugay Coach Jason LaPlante.
"Our defense played a great all around game. Kylie Peterson was everywhere tonight. Gracie Jarvis has a really nice all around game. St. Lawrence played really hard and had a lot of intensity tonight. My hats off to them for their play."