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Hammond Answers E-K, Lisbon, MCS, Win Thrillers

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

Hammond answered a a quick-striking Edwards-Knox comeback in the same manner on Wednesday to post a 6-3 victory and an 7-0 record in an NAC West Girls Soccer contest featuring talented attackers on both teams.

The close race for second place behind the Red Devils continued to produce close encounters as Lisbon overcame an Hermon-DeKalb comeback to gain a 3-2 win and Morristown shaded Heuvelton 2-1 in overtime.

In the NAC East Madrid-Waddington continued to show progressive strides taking division leader Brushton-Moira into overtime before losing 2-1 two days after handing Chateaugay its first loss.

Hammond 6 - E-K 3: The Red Devils opened a 2-0 halftime lead as Avery Kenyon scored from Kylie Vaugh at 17:54 and Kelsey Bennett converted off a setup from Nora Pease with 2:47 remaining. The Cougars answered with a pair of goals by Abby Hart off assists from Lily Roddy and Macy White in the sixth and ninth minutes of the second half.

Hammond's response produced three goals in a span of seven minutes as Hailey Cunningham struck off an assist from Kelsey Bennett and Avery Kenyon set up goals by Hailee Manning and Kelsey Bennett.

Hart scored from Lucy Frary to cut the difference to 5-3 with just over 11 minutes to play and Hammond replied decisively again with Manning scoring her second goal of the game off Bennett's second assist.

"Hammond is such a tough team. They have two great scorers in Avery Kenyon and Kelsey Bennett. You can't mark two players like that without your whole defense falling apart," said E-K Coach Patty Taylor.

"We did a great job to tie the game at 2-2 but we just fell apart for a while and they converted. But we are getting better. We have some first year players and five girls from Clifton-Fine and the team is starting to play together well."

Alyvia Crosby stopped 11 shots in the Hammond crease and Mikayla Meilleur and Ali Matthews combined on 13 saves for E-K (4-4-1 NAC West).

Lisbon 3 - H-D 2: Julia Rish tucked a shot inside the near post at 4:35 of the first overtime to lift the 4-3-1 Golden Knights past the 3-4-0 Green Demons who had rallied from a 2-0 deficit.

"It was a nice shot by Julia. It came from the outside and she really got a good piece of the ball," said Lisbon Coach Taylor Abar.

"It was a very good win for us and we really needed back to back wins over Heuvelton and Hermon-DeKalb. We had some girls out with illness and had to move some people around. Eliza McLear stepped in to start at outside halfback and played very aggressively and Ava Murphy stepped up when we needed her to.

Murphy provided the assist for the second of two goals by Emily Jordan which gave Lisbon a 2-0 lead at 13:12 of the second half. Jordan also scored unassisted at 22:37 of the first half.

MaKenna Smith sparked H-D into a 2-2 tie scoring unassisted and then setting up Hailey Hernandez.

"Hermon-DeKalb has a good team we definitely had issues defending against Makenna Smith who had five shots in the game, Hailey Hernnadez and Bri Grant who took long shots which were dangerous," said Coach Abar.

"Alexa McKee did a very nice job for us. She has been very solid all year doing everything we need her to do."

Abby Flack had seven shots in net for Lisbon and the H-D keeper finished with 13 saves.

Morristown 2 - Heuvelton 1 OT: Carly Piercey made a strong run off a pass from Mia Johnson and slid a shot past goaltender Laura Martin with 4:39 remaining in the first 10 minute overtime to lift the Rockets (2-5-1) past the Bulldogs (3-5-0).

DaKota Mouthorp broke a scoreless tie with 26 minutes to play converting from Bella Doyle. Morristown pulled even with 4:39 to play when Laurell Vinch scored from Hailey Ward

"We were flat for about 70 minutes. We couldn’t get anything going offensively. We were lucky to have a few kids on the field that really battled. Rylie Showers consistently continues to bail us out time after time on defense. I thought Kassidy Sullivan stepped up and gave her some help back there. Kaley Dulmage did a good job of marking DaKota Mouthorp who just so dangerous," said Morristown Coach Chris Showers.

" We finally started to put some runs together late and Laurell Vinch was able to put one in to pull us even. We played better in the overtime. We started going to balls and getting it outside. Mia Johnson, Emily Gagnon and Hailey Ward all elevated there game in OT and did some nice things. Carly Piercey made a good run and was able to slide one past their keeper to put us up. This is a good win for our kids. The D west is so tough so anytime you can get a win it’s nice. We just have to play better from the start. We have to want to compete no matter what team we play. Now we have to get ready for a trip to Edwards-Knox on Friday.

Emma Showers made six saves for Morristown and Laura Martin finished with four saves.

B-M 2 - M-W 1: The two teams traded goals in the final 14 minutes of the second half and B-M prevailed at home on an unassisted goal in the second minute of over. Lily LaMere opened the scoring with an unassisted marker for M-W (2-7-2, 2-6-1 East) and Emma Russell answered five minutes later for the Panthers (10-3-1, 10-1-1).

Emma Martin handled five saves for M-W and Natalie Palmer finished with six saves for B-M.

In other East action Parishville-Hopkinton downed St. Regis Falls 3-0, Tupper Lake downed Norwood-Norfolk 2-0 and Chateaugay downed Colton-Pierrepont 1-0.

Hammond goalie Alyvia Crosby handles a ball in front of an E-K attacker.

Hammond's Zoey Cunningham clears the ball against E-K. (Lisa Freeman Photos)

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