Heuvelton Ties Unbeaten Lisbon; H-D, Morristown Win
BY DAVE SHEA
LISBON - Lisbon controlled the first half and dominated the second but couldn't break through an entrenched Heuvelton defense as the neighboring archrivals played to a 0-0 tie which called after regulation because darkness.
Lisbon (5-0-1) remain undefeated in the division for the past two seasons in picking up after a two-week quarantine because of na COVID-19 exposure. The Golden Knights will look to complete a second straight unbeaten West Division season in travelling to Edwards-Knox today (Friday) and then hosting Morristown on Sunday at 1 p.m. on the final day of the NAC fall season.
Heuvelton moved to 5-2-3 and will close a resurgent season in the division by hosting Hammond on Saturday.
Morristown (4-5-0) enjoyed its best outing of the season blanking 3-3-1 Edwards-Knox 5-0 on Thursday and fast-finishing Hermon-DeKalb (6-3-1) overcame Hammond (0-6) 1-0 in double overtime.
LISBON 0 - HEUVELTON 0 The Golden Knights outshot the Bulldogs 20-4 which received a poised 10 save effort from Tristan Youngs in goal. Lisbon's Matt Robinson stopped four shots as the two teams shared in the shutout where Lisbon's sweeper-stopper combination of Ben LaRock and Tegan Jordan and fullback Greg Wood pressed forward on several instances to take part in the offense.
"For a backup goalie their keeper played very well," said Lisbon Assistant Coach Kelley Geary who filled in for Head Coach Diky Marcellus who watched the game on facebook from his home sitting out a COVID-19 quarantine.
"We did what we wanted to do and played well for having been off for two weeks. We passed the ball well, controlled the first half and dominated the second half but we couldn't get a goal. Heuvelton was very tough defensively. We we weren't able to get many shots inside but we had a lot of chances."
Heuvelton Coach Bruce Durant felt that the tie was a very positive step in the development of his Bulldog squad.
"We played hard and to get a tie was a very big effort. Lisbon is a phenomenal team, definitely the best team in the West. Now we are looking to finish strong against Hammond.
HERMON-DEKALB 1 - HAMMOND 0
The Green Demons had to overcome an 18-save save by Lukas McQueer anchoring a staunch effort by the Hammond defense to gain its third win in three days. McQueer also made several decisive aerial moves to deny H-D's 14-2 edge in corner kicks.
Kevin Joj scored the only goal of the game unassisted with 3:56 remaining in the second overtime.
Andrew Matthews made three saves in posting the shutout.
"My boys showed up to play today and showed what they are capable of," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
"Lukas McQueer has been exceptional this season and he kept us alive again tonight making saves that noone could believe without seeing. We did something good tonight and plan on building off of it against Morristown tomorrow.
MORRISTOWN 5 - EDWARDS-KNOX 0
Tristin Simmons scored three goals and set up a Jared Young tally in the firstr 20:02 of the game. Wyatt Sullivan assisted on two goals of Simmons' first half hat trick and Aaron Woodcock set up one. Simmons netted his fourth goal in the second half off an assist from Young. "We played well for the whole game and scored in a lot of different ways. One of the keys was making that pass which broke the defense down," said Morristown Coach Glenn Colby of the Rockets who host Morristown today and travel to Lisbon on Sunday for a season-ending outing at 1 p.m.
"Tristin Simmons continued his great season scoring four goals. He scored off some nice passes and took a through pass right in on the goalie."
Kade Marshall stopped 14 shots in the shutout.