Golden Goal Gives Golden Knights West Title; MCS, H-D Win
Updated: Oct 11, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
LISBON - A "Golden Goal" gave the Lisbon Golden Knights a platinum level memory on Wednesday as they clinched the NAC West Boys Soccer title with a 2-1 double overtime win over second place Harrisville at Bruce Richardson Field.
"Harrisville is an outstanding team with a lot of speed. We needed to play well today to win and we played very well," said Lisbon Golden Dicky Marcellus after the 11-0 Knights, who feature only one senior in Karter Jordan, climbed to 9-0 in the NAC with their second one-goal win over the Pirates (6-3-0 West).
"It was just well played game, played mostly in the midfield. Neither team was able to break the other team's defense down much. Ben LaRock did a great job again holding our defense together and Greg Wood played his best game of the season on the outside. Nobody got by him."
Lisbon enjoyed some dangerous threats in the final 15 minutes of the first half but it was the Pirates, anchored defensively by sweeper Adam Szlamczyski, who opened the scoring. Nolan Parrow headed home a cross from Jadon Sullivan midway through the second half. The Knights pulled even with seven minutes remaining in regulation when a direct kick by Jack LaRock bounded off a defender and found its way into the net.
The Knights gained their "golden goal" in the second overtime when Miles Gendebien played the ball through the defense to Rowan Rishe who broke in on goal and tucked a shot past the goalie."
"We had some chances late in the first half when we sent some crossing passes on goal but nobody was there to put the ball in the net," said Coach Marcellus.
"Rowan Rishe went in the game for Griffin Walker who was injured and scored on the only break in on goal we had the whole game. We had a few bounces go our way."
Hayden McBath stopped three shots in the Lisbon goal and Nate Woodward finished with two stops for Harrisville."
In other NAC West action Morristown downed Edwards-Knox 3-1, Hermon-DeKalb nipped Heuvelton 1-0 in overtime and Hammond gained a 3-2 nonleague win over Gouverneur.
Morristown 3 - Edwards-Knox 1: The 7-4 Green Rockets moved into third place in the NAC West in scoring three unanswered goals in the second half of their Senior Day game (see photos). Tristan Simmons scoried the tying goal off a pass from Cody Abar and netted the eventual game-winner unassisted. Jonah Witherhead tallied the third Rocket tally from Cael Woodcock. Avery Whitford gave E-K a 1-0 halftime lead with a goal assisted by Thorn VanBrocklin.
Kade Marshall finished with two saves for the Rockets and Cooper Mackay finished with seven saves for E-K (3-7 NAC, 5-8). H-D 1 - Heuvelton 0 OT: As a sophomore Kevin Joj has established himself as a true sniper for the Demons (4-5-0 NAC West, 6-7-0) and came through with a "golden goal" to lift Hermom-DeKalb to a victory in Heuvelton. Joi scored with 3:01 remaining in overtime off a pass from Kyler O'Donnell.
"Our guys played very well today and controlled the play but we just didn't finish. Kevin Joj is a tremendous player with a great shot. I thought we defended him well. He got a pass from their stopper and scored on a great shot on their best opportunity of the game," said Heuvelton Coach Bruce Durrant.
"We continue to get better and with Gavin Barney playing sweeper he feeds a lot of balls up to the offense and we are getting more opportunities now. But we have to keep working hard on finishing."
Andrew Matthews stopped 19 shots anchoring the shutout and Jed Crayford finished with six saves for Heuvelton (1-6-0, 3-8-0)..
Hammond 3 - Gouverneur 2: Lukas McQueer stopped 10 shorts for Hammond (5-7-0) which opened a 3-0 halftime lead and then held off a determined Gouverneur rally in the second half.
Randy Durham scored two goals, Cooper Bennett struck for one marker and Tyler Fleming and Logan Tate passed out assists in the first half.
Logan Mullaney scored two goals for Gouverneur off assists from Ethan Fitzgerald and Sully Rumble made 12 saves for Gouverneur (0-11).
"The guys really played well in the second half. We were really pounding for that tying goal in the late stages of the game," said Gouverneur Coach Rick Wood.