Hammond Takes Over Lead As Final West Unbeaten
BY DAVE SHEA
HEUVELTON - Host Heuvelton managed two of its goals in Friday's NAC West Girls Soccer game with Hammond. Highlighted by hustling clear by Trista Ashley, Bulldogs held the high octane Red Devil offense scoreless in the first half as its defensive backfield turned back waves of Red Devil pressure and took a 1-0 lead in the 7th minute of the second half when Bella Doyle curled a direct kick into the top left hand corner of the net.
But Hammond achieved its prime directives at game's end scoring a 4-1 win to rise to 4-0 in the West Division and take sole possession of the lead when Hermon-DeKalb fell to 3-1 in a 3-0 loss to Harrisville.
Hammond and H-D will play an 11 a.m. nonleague game at SUNY Canton Saturday.
Hammond 4 - Heuvelton 1: Eight minutes after Bella Doyle converted direct kick for the Bulldogs, the Devils pulled even as Avery Kenyon rifled a direct kick into the top left corner of net and put Hammond up 2-1 34 seconds later when took a pass out of the midfield from Kylie Vaugh made a quick run on the right flank and hammered a low drive into the short side of the net.
Hammond keeper Alyvia Crosby thwarted a Heuvelton threat with a diving breakup and the Devils responded with Hailee Manning driving home a shot in a scramble created when Kelsey Bennett headed a corner kick by Kenyon. The final goal of the game was one of the prettiest of the season for Devils when Kenyon dribbled past two defenders, broke in on goal and found Bennett all alone in front of the net.
Crosby stopped two shots for Hammond and Heuvelton keeper Rayna Cameron (5 saves) and Lara Martin (4 saves) finished with a combined nine stops.
Harrisville 3 - H-D 0: Harlie Moore in the first and second half to give the Pirates 2-0 lead aided by assists from Maya Bennett and Torie Moore who threaded a pass through the defense. Bennett closed out the scoring with 20 minutes tio play.
"We just couldn't put the ball in the back of the next," said H-D Coach Erin Green who received 10 saves from goaltender Emery McQuade.
Harrisville keeper Megan Kackinson stopped 17 shots.
P-H 1 - C-P 0: Kelly Bloom scored from the bubble at the top of the penalty area with a hard shot just under the crossbar, assisted by Kaitlyn with a nice back pass from a crowd in the penalty area.
"Our defense of goalkeeper Brenna Woods and defenders Emma Bloom, Ally Smith, Nevaeh Phillips and Megan MacWilliams has been very strong consistently for us, giving up just two goals in six games," said P-H Coach Evan Harper.
In other NAC East games Norwood-Norfolk downed Madrid-Waddington 4-1 and Chateaugay bested Tupper Lake 4-1.
Harrisville 3 - Heuvelton 0: Jed Crayford stopped 15 shots anchoring a solid defensive effort for Heuvelton but the Pirates broke through and followed throug, Will Taylor scored the first goal unassisted and Nolan Parow scored with an assist from Jadon Sullivan in the first half. Jerry Johnson scored in the second half with an assist from Nolan Parow and Nate Woodward had 2 saves in the shutout.
Canton 4 - P-H 1: Andy Downs scored two goals and Nicholas Eastabrooks netted one for Canton which also benefited from an own goal in the nonleague game. Peyton Snell accounted for the P-H goal in the contest where Canton goalie Andrew Franklin made 12 saves and Andrew Franklin fielded nine shots for the Golden Bears.