Harrisville's Bearor Gets 400th Win; Lisbon, Hammond, Morristown Win
BY DAVE SHEA
HARRISVILLE - There is a picture on Harrisville Boys Soccer Coach Rick Bearor's Facebook Page from his induction into the New York State Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011.
He is photographed with two Canton coaches who preceded him into the Hall of Fame in the late Roger Dusharm and Jerry Smilgin.
Dusharm currently holds the Section 10 Soccer record for varsity wins at 406 and Smilgin served as his JV coach for his entire coaching career at Canton.
Bearor retired as a teacher and coach in 2010 and began officiating. From 1974 to 2010 he coached varsity soccer and also coached junior varsity basketball and baseball at the Lewis County school.
Four years ago when Harrisville was in need of a varsity soccer coach, Bearor returned and added another chapter to his Hall of Fame Career. On Wednesday he reached 400 career wins with an 8-0 nonleague victory over Gouverneur.
Bearor is currently in his 40th season of coaching at Harrisville and this season his current Pirate contingent stands at 6-2 in the NAC West behind 9-0 Lisbon and 8-3-1 overall.
The connection of deep respect between Bearor and Dusharm dates back to Edwards Central School where both graduated after enjoying outstanding careers as student athletes.
"When I was in fifth or sixth grade Roger Dusharm was a senior and he was the man at Edwards. He was a great all-around athlete and his coach, Hal Gilette, always said that he was one of the best he ever coached," says Bearor.
"Roger was my idol back then and when I started coaching I looked at him the same way. I wanted to do things the way he did them. To be in the hall of fame with Roger, Smil and Tim Hennessy who has 403 wins is so special. To be even mentioned in the same sentence with them is unbelievable. They are the Mount Rushmore of soccer coaches in the Section 10."
Now Bearor is in range of matching or passing Dusharm as the winningest Boys Soccer Coach in Section 10.
Bearor credits his players for reaching 400 win milestone.
"The seniors I have on this team have been playing for me since they were freshmen. They are a great group. I think they have only nine soccer losses in their careers. And they are a great group of kids," he says.
"We have a good team and we just have to see how the rest of the season plays out." Harrisville will visit Lisbon on Wednesday.
Harrisville 8 - Gouverneur 0: The Pirates rebounded from an upset loss to Edwards-Knox on Tuesday sparked offensively by Nolan Parro with two goals and one assist, Ryan Spencer with a goal and two assists and Aiden Benzel with one goal and one assist.
Zack Palmer, Keith Rose and Damian Harrington also scored goals.
Nate Woodward and Nick Kobylanski shared the shutout with five saves and Sullivan Rumble stopped 14 shots for Gouverneur.
LISBON STAYS UNBEATEN
Lisbon climbed to 9-0 on Thursday with a tough 2-1 win over Hermon-DeKalb which put the Golden Knights into position to clinch the NAC West title with a win over Harrisville on Wednesday. The other division games saw Hammond outscore Edwards-Knox 3-2 and Morristown edge Heuvelton 1-0.
"It will be a very tough game, Harrisville is a good team" said Lisbon Coach Diky Marcellus after Thursday's win where Teaghan Jordan returned from an injury and scored the first goal of the game.
"With Issac LaRock playing so well at stopper, we put Teaghan on the top to see how much he could play and he got the first goal which was really important. Hermon-DeKalb has a small field and they are very athletic and played well. I thought we did a great job moving the ball to create scoring chances but it took a while to break through," said Coach Marcellus
Jordan opened the scoring in 34th minute from Rowan Rishe and H-D answered 55 seconds later with a Kevin Joj goal from Kyler O'Donnell. Griffin Walker netted the winning goal 27:20 into the second half from Karter Jordan.
Andrew Matthews made 14 saves in goal for H-D and Hayden McBath stopped three shots for Lisbon which generated 36 shots on goal.
HAMMOND, MORRISTOWN WIN
Morristown (4-4 NAC, 6-4) prevailed in a duel of determined defenses on the strength of a penalty shot by Tristan Simmons with just 1:06 remaining in regulation after a foul was called in the penalty area.
"We played another good game against a Morristown with some excellent offensive players. Gavin Barney played his first game of the season and really made a difference at sweeper. He didn't have a miss kick and kept directing the ball upfield," said Heuvelton Coach Bruce Durrant.
"Cole Rickett and Andrew Demers both did a nice job for us in the midfield and Jed Crayford had another strong game in goal. We definitely had our chances to win this game, we just have to get better at finishing."
Crayford stopped seven shots on the day for Heuvelton (1-8-0, 3-10) and Morristown's Kade Marshall fielded 10 saves posting a second straight shutout.
Hammond (4-5 NAC, 5-7) rebounded from a 6-0 loss to Morristown by building a 3-1 lead against Edwards-Knox (3-6-0 West, 5-7) and holding off a Cougar comeback. Cooper Bennett provided the offensive spark setting up Dawson Simons for the only goal of the first half and scoring the Devils' third tally off an assist from Austin McCarthy.
Randy Durham netted the second goal on a penalty kick,
Thorn VanBrocklin scored E-K's first goal unassisted and Tyler Scott tallied the second goal from Avery Whitford.
Lukas McQueer stopped five shots in the Hammond net and Cooper MacKay made four saves for E-K.
"Everyone came to play tonight and that was difference. Our passing was good and the guys went to ball hard and played physical," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
"We have had a lot if illness in the last two weeks. Nate Jewett is coming back from being sick so we put him in the back so he wouldn't have to run as much and he really made a difference back there distributing the ball."