Historic Lisbon Soccer Season Honored
BY DAVE SHEA
The Lisbon Central Boys Soccer season was a glorious campaign which ended on a bitter sweet note. After reeling off 19 straight wins and rising to the number two spot in the New York State Class D rankings the Golden Knights dropped a 1-0 decision to top-ranked Chazy.
In winning 19 straight games the allowed only six goals and never allowed more than one goal in the game.
Hayden McBath posted 13 shutouts to tie the single season school record and the loss to Chazy may have come in the Knights' best performance of the season.
"It was a game we could have won and we came away feeling we had the better of the play," said Lisbon Coach Dicky Marcellus following the regional finals game with Chazy."
"This is a great group of young men. Thanks to all the parents and community for all the support all year. It was an amazing run. And I want to thank my assistant coaches for all their hard work. Kelley (Geary) and John (McBath) we wouldn't have been there without you"
Last week the Golden Knights were honored at the Lisbon Boys Soccer Awards Night where the Golden Knights' modified team which 11-1 under the direction of Coach Travis Jordan was also honored.
In the course of the evening the team's only senior, Karter Jordan, spoke for the team and on his personal experiences as Glolden Knight soccer player and team leader.
Jordan, who earned an NAC Athlete of Distinction Award for maintaining a 90 or above average throughout his varsity athletic career, also received the Coaches Award which is the only award presented each year at the awards night.
"Karter was a true leader and he will certainly be missed. He was a major piece of the puzzle who has to be replaced" said Marcellus who urged the large number of returning players to prepare very well for next season.
"We had a tremendous season and achieved all but one of the goals we set. Of our 21 players 18 had at least one point with a goal or an assist."
This year's banquet also featured the presentation of a special game ball to Hayden LaRock for tying the school record for shutouts in a season at 13.
Karter Jordan earned First Team All-NAC West honors along with Ben LaRock, Jackson LaRock and Miles Gendebien. All-NAC West Second Team selection went to Teagan Jordan and Griffin Walker and Jayden Carr received the team's NAC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. Coach Marcellus was honored as the NAC West Coach of the Year.
Members of this year's Golden Knight squad which went unbeaten in winning the NAC West and Section 10 Class B titles are: Trenton Williams, Benjamin LaRock, Jackson LaRock, Chase Jacobs, Rowan Rishe, Coop Davison, Miles Gendebien, Cody Claxton, Caleb Richardson, Teagan Jordan, Karter Jordan, Griffin Walker, Tyler Gravlin, Storm Walker, Alexander Vesel, Kaiden Mussen, Gregory Wood, Jayden Carr, Isaac LaRock, Jayden Williams, Hayden McBath and Hayes Bouchey..
Members of this fall's modified team that went 11-1 under Coach Travis Jordan are: Ty Jacobs, Caleb Wilkinson, Caleb Hazen, Chayse Hitsman, Lucas Gravlin, Christopher Jacobs, Connor Flack, Nathan Woods, Connor Claxton, Truman Gendebien, Tanner Fonda, Cole Woods, Rowen McCarthy, Griffin Wert, Noah Gendebien, Mathew Bleau, Isaiah White, Kaden Demers, Caleb Hayden, Ben Henrik.