Heuvelton, E-K Boys Tie; H-D Bolts Away From MCS
For a coach a tie can be a glass half full or a glass half empty experience.
Both coaches took the half full mode after host Heuvelton and Edwards-Knox played to a 1-1 NAC West Boys Soccer tie on Wednesday.
Heuvelton played to its second straight 100 minute draw and E-K came away with a draw in its season opener which was delayed when the school went totally virtual for two weeks to deal with COVID-19 cases.
"It was another great overtime game. Both teams played very hard and E-K did a great job for their first game. I'm proud of both teams," said Heuvelton Coach Bruce Durant.
"What I liked the best is that we didn't quit which was tough when we fell behind late in the game. But we came back and scored with just over two minutes to play."
"It was tough for the guys because we only two practices after being out for two weeks. But it was great to be back playing," said E-K Coach John Davison.
"I was happy became we played aggressively and physical today and we didn't do that last year."
In one other NAC West game Hermon-DeKalb staged unbeaten with a 5-2 win over Morristown. The H-D at Morristown girls game was postponed. HEUVELTON 1 - EDWARDS-KNOX 1 OT
Both teams constructed a series of threats and both goalies: Heuvelton Jed Crayford (9 saves) and E-K's Andrew Franklin (13 saves) came with up with key saves to keep the game scoreless heading into the final six minutes. Franklin also provided a leaping save and made two sliding breakups on potential break-away opportunities in the overtime.
Tyler Scott broke the tie for E-K (0-1-1) to climax some sustained offensive pressure. Avery Whitford earned control of a 50-50 ball in the attacking zone and centered the ball to Scott who turned and drove it in the right corner of the net.
With 2:12 remaining Heuvelton (2-0-2) defender Tristan Lovely moved forward and delivered a through pass up the middle of the field to Matt Basford who drove a high shot into the net.
"That a real nice play by Tristan Lovely to move forward and make a great pass. For a first year player he is really learning the game quickly. And Matt Basford scored on a nice shot," said Coach Durant.
HERMON-DEKLAB 5 - MORRISTOWN 2
Peyton Hamilton scored at 7:52 and 14:31 of the second half off crosses from Randy Durham sparking a string of four unanswered goals for the 2-0-1 Demons after a 1-1 halftime tie. Andrew Lynch provided the setups as Kevin Joj and Durham scored to raise the margin to 5-1.
Morristown's Tristan Simmons continued as one of the most dangerous strikers in the division scoring two goals. He converted inside to open the scoring in the 12th minute and closed out the scoreboard entries on a penalty shot.
Andrew Matthews made seven saves for H-D and Kade Marshall made 13 stops for Morristown (2-2).
"Kevin Joj is such a talented player and it was great to have him back. He solidifies our midfield and so I was able to move Peyton Hamilton up to a striker position alongside Randy Durham. That combination was good for three of our four second half goals," said H-D Coach Marty Amo.