H-D Rallies Past Morristown; Canton Goes Unbeaten In Central
BY DAVE SHEA
MORRISTOWN - For the first 73 minutes of Tuesday's NAC West Boys Soccer game in Morristown, the opportunism of the host Green Rockets produced the only the scoring. Tristan Simmons converted of passes from Aaron Woodcock to give the Rockets a 2-0 lead with 13:38 left in the second half.
The combination also clicked 11:46 before halftime.
The MCS (3-5-0) defense and goaltender Kade Marshall turned back several promising threats by the Demons and created some transition counter attack sequences before the Demons stepped up to generate waves of offensive pressure in the final 10 minutes.
Marshall made a point blank stop on Jay Carrow and deflected a header by Payton Hamilton over the crossbar for the best of his 15 saves in the final 10 minutes but H-D broke through with 5:11 to play when Randy Durham set up Carrow for a short range blast into the net from a sharp angle.
Two minutes later Kevin Joj tied the score in a wild scramble in the front of the net where Demons blocked three clearing attempts.
Joy followed with the Golden Goal in the fifth minute of overtime one-timing a direct kick by Durham into the net.
"It was a nice win and the guys did a good job pressing on until we finally scored," said H-D Assistant Christian Jenne who filled in for Head Coach Marty Amo.
"I put Randy Durham at center halfback and told him to go after every ball."
Andrew Matthews finished with seven saves for H-D.
"They had the better of the control but most of the game was back and fourth until the final 10 minutes when they really outplayed us," said Morristown Coach Glen Colby.
"We just started standing around and we couldn't clear the ball on corner kicks. It was disappointing."
CANTON GOES 10-0 IN CENTRAL DIVISION
Chris Schuckers scored first goal of a 2-0 win over Potsdam and was followed by Colin Taylor with Owen Hall assisting on both goals for Canton (10-0). The Bears scored two goals one minute apart on their way to securing a undefeated NAC Central Division season. The Bears will host Madrid-Waddington in a nonleague game on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Parker Hunt made three saves for the shutout and Ansen Herrick continued his stalwart season in goal for Potsdam (0-10) with 17 saves to backstop a gritty upset bid.
EDWARDS-KNOX 4, HAMMOND 0
Avery Whitford scored the last three goals as the Cougars (3-1-1) defeated Hammond in a West Division game. The Cougars will complete their season with games against Morristown, Hermon-DeKalb and Lisbon.
Cade Huckle opened the scoring unassisted and Whitford scored from Tyler Scott and netted an unassisted tally for a 3-0 halftime lead. He completed his natural hat trick off Scott's second assist of the game.
Avery Franklin stopped five saves for a shutout and Lukas McQueer excelled under waves of E-K offensive pressure collecting 26 saves.