Hammond, H-D Girls Match 3-0 NAC West Starts
BY DAVE SHEA
Hammond and Hermon-DeKalb matched 3-0 starts with victories in Wednesday's NAC West Girls Soccer action.
Hammond broke away from Lisbon (2-2-0 NAC West) 5-1 and H-D downed Morristown (1-3-0 NAC West) 3-1. Hammond and M-W will meet in a nonleague game on Saturday at SUNY Canton at 11 a.m.
In NAC East action Parishville-Hopkinton won a 1-0 defensive duel and Colton-Pierrepont edged Tupper Lake 1-0.
Hammond 5 - Lisbon 1: The Red Devils showed all of their offensive options and eventually outshot the Golden Knights 35-9. The open field speed and shooting ability of Kelsey Bennett and Avery Kenyon and the ability of Zoey Cunningham, Nora Pease and Hailey Cunningham to trigger transition attack sequences were prevalent throughout the game but Hailee Manning's ability to be at the right place at the right time produced three goals for the Red Devils who opened a 4-0.
Bennett opened scoring with 10:19 remaining in the first half running onto a chip pass from Hailey Cunningham and driving the ball from the right wing back into the left side of the net while shielding the ball from a defender. With 4:26 remaining in the first half Manning started her hat trick heading home the rebound of a corner kick by Kenyon.
Manning opened the second half scoring by knocking home the rebound after Lisbon keeper Abby Flack, who rendered an outstanding 23-save outing, blocked a point blank shot by Bennett.
Kenyon followed by burying a direct kick just under the crossbar and Emily Jordan answered by converting a penalty shot for Lisbon.
Lisbon's bid to generate a comeback was thwarted as Hammond keeper Alyvia Crosby broke up a dangerous cross and the Devils closed the scoring with Manning directing the ball into the net with the third Red Devil shot in a goalmouth scramble where Flack made two diving saves. Crosby finished with 12 saves including some clutch stops in the first half to help keep the game scoreless.
Hammond Coach Shawn Dack was happy with the way his team moved the ball against Lisbon which he called "a very good team" but is still looking for the Devils to convert better up front.
H-D 3 - Morristown 1: Green Demon sniper MaKenna Smith scored in the first and second half for the Demons who gained a huge goal from Hailey Hernandez who scored on a corner kick with with over 11 miniutes to play.
Smith converted a one and one chance with Morristown keeper Emma Showers just 1:45 in the game and broke a 1-1 tie at 17:50 of the second half by driving a shot off the crossbar and straight down over the goal line.
"It’s kind of becoming a thing where we just start slow. And MaKenna Smith made us pay two minutes in," said Morristown Coach Chris Showers,
"She showed why she is one of best players in this league. She created space at the top of box and rocketed one off the crossbar and in. Hermon-DeKalb is a good team and showed a lot of ability moving the ball."
Laurell Vinch continued a s prime finisher for Morristown creating a 1-1 tie with 2:27 remaining in the first half off a pass from Karissa Donnelly.
"Once again we had to battle defensively for most of first half. Rylie Showers bailed us out a lot. Ninth grader Karissa Donnelly came off the bench and gave us instant energy. She made some good runs down the left side. And put some nice balls through the middle. She and Mia Johnson hooked up to set up a nice goal for Laurell Vinch. Laurell made a nice run onto one and put it past the goalie. She continues to get better everyday and that’s what we need. But we need everyone wanting to get better," said Coach Showers.
"We played hard in the second half and had a couple opportunities to take lead but couldn’t capitalize."
Emma Showers stopped 12 shots for Morristown and Emery McQuade handled six saves for H-D which is prospering through the combination of talent and work ethic according to first year coach Erin Green.
"These girls show up ready to put work in. So, we get to work," said Coach Green.
"We all just love the game and the hard work is paying off."
P-H 1 - M-W 0: The host Lady Jackets were thwarted in their efforts to gain their first division win when Kelsey Farnsworth scored with six seconds remaining in the game for P-H. The Jackets finished the game with an 8-6 edge in shots on goal.
Brenna Woods made eight saves for P-H and Emma Martin had five stops for M-W.
C-P 1 - Tupper Lake 0: Briene Basford scored the only goal of the game in the 16th minute from Landree Chamberlain and Natalie Butterfield fielded three shots in the shutout. Gillis made 13 saves for Tupper Lake which continued its strong defensive play.
Gouverneur 1 - Canton 1: Hannah Reed scored in the first half from Jennifer Haycock and Verena Turnwald scored unassisted in the second half for the Wildcats in a match of two strong NAC Central team.
Abby Dent made seven saves for Canton and Shacora Jackson stopped eight shots for Gouverneur.
Other Games: In other NAC games of the day Norwood-Norfolk shaded St. Regis Falls 2-1, Brushton-Moria and Chateaugay played to a 0-0 tie and Malone bested Salmon River 4-2.