Hammond Girls Break Away; Morristown Gains Win
BY DAVE SHEA
HAMMOND - Breaking away from a 1-1 halftime tie Hammond Central School answered a challenge by a young Lisbon team to post a 10-2 Senior Day win between two NAC West teams who came in to the contest at 2-0.
The Red Devils enjoyed an electrified second half to eluminate a rainy and dreary Monday.
"It was an awesome senior day for the seven seniors who have meant so much to our program over the years. Some of the best D soccer players around," said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack speaking of the efforts of his seniors: Avery Kenyon, Norah Pease, Hailey Cunningham, Caitlynn Cunningham, Jordan Kloepping, Madeleine Rathbun and Tori Martire.
The seniors were all strong contributors to last year's undefeated NAC West Division championship followed by a trip to the New York State Class D semi-finals.
In photo below: Laying down. Avery Kenyon. Middle row. Caitlynn Cunningham. Jordan Kloepping. Norah Pease. back row. Hailey Cunningham. Madeleine Rathbun. Tori Martire.
Avery Kenyon scored five goals, Madeleine Rathbun struck for her first and second varsity goals and Hailee Manning, Hailee Cunningham and defensive leader Nora Pease each netted goals to back a strong 11-save effort by Landree Kenyon in goal.
"I thought the girls found themselves second half. Made some great runs. And finishes. Lisbon is a very good team. And will be tougher at Lisbon," said Coach Dack.
Emily Jordan scored a goal in each half and Grace Smith made 16 saves for Lisbon which was credited for a strong first half by coaches Courtney Lebeau and Tim Richards.
In another NAC West game game, Morristown gained a 1-0 win at Harrisville while the Norwood-Norfolk vs Heuvelton game was postponed.
In NAC Central action Gouverneur blanked Salmon River 3-0.
MORRISTOWN 1 - HARRISVILLE 0
Laurel Vinch scored the only goal of the game 4:33 before the half in a well-earned road win for the 2-2 Rockets.
Emma Showers stopped seven shots and Megan Kackinson handled nine saves for Harrisville in an athletic goaltending matchup.
"We came out slow and because of that Harrisville had a great scoring opportunity about 20 seconds into the game. We got lucky that the shot went wide. After the the 10 minute mark I thought we did a good job of creating opportunities but we couldn’t punch it in. Carly Piercey had several nice crosses that their keeper snagged out of the air. Right before half Laurell Vinch controlled her own rebound and put one in the net. Our midfield was more consistent out there today. They set up some strong runs by Carly Piercey and Karissa Donnelly. But they just couldn’t find the net. Maddy Gagnon continues to be a spark off the bench," said Morristown Coach Chris Showers. "Our defense played well and Emma Showers continues to be very solid in net. When she plays like that it just makes us so much better. Harrisville is a young team but they did a lot of nice things out there. Evelyn Winters is very skilled and Tori Moore is just an outstanding athlete. There’s not much she can’t do. It’s nice to start the week off with a win. Now we have to get ready to host Hermon on Wednesday and go to Heuvelton on Friday."
GOUVERNEUR 4 - SALMON RIVER 0
Gouverneur remained unbeaten in the NAC Central as Torrie Salisbury scored two goals and Cierra Besaw and Elizabeth Riutta each netted a single tally. Grace Holmes handled five shots for the shutout and the Salmon River goalie made 13 saves.