Lady Knights Gain Tough 1-0 Win Over Morristown
BY DAVE SHEA
MORRISTOWN - A pretty three-way passing play decided a gritty NAC West Girls Soccer match on a morning of bright sun and crisp cold at Morristown Central School. Visiting Lisbon Central came away with its fourth straight shutout in a 1-0 decision and striker Emily Jordan broke up a gritty duel between the defenses.
In the only NAC West game of the day Lisbon gained its sixth shutout of the season behind sophomore goaltender Grace Smith who made decisive moves in the crease all day making 11 saves.
Leah Warren started the scoring sequence carrying the ball deep and crossing to Claire Murphy who Emily Jordan breaking free in the center of the field.
"This was a hard played game on both sides. Morristown really pressured us in the midfield. The front line of Emily Jordan, Claire Murphy and Leah Warren played well and had several opportunities to score but Morristown's keeper turned them away," said Lisbon Coach Tim Richards.
"Grace Smith continues a string of strong outings handling 11 shots to record her sixth shutout of the season. Rachel LaRock played an outstanding game switching between stopper and center mid breaking up a strong attack from Morristown and then transitioning quickly onto the attack."
Emma Showers handled 10 shots in strong effort in the Morristown goal and was backed by a defense which broke up any number of nice buildups by the 6-2 Knights.
Morristown (2-6-2) engineered a chance to take the lead in the first half where Emilee Gagnon drove a direct kick just over the net."
"We played well at times and created a few scoring opportunities but weren’t able to cash in. At the end we lost our legs and Emily Jordan found some space. And when that happens she’s the best in the business at finishing," said Morristown Coach Chris Showers. "Emma Showers continues to be our backbone. Her play gives us the opportunity to be in the game. She made a heck of save on Jordan’s direct kick to keep it scoreless. Kaley Dulmage played well in the middle and Emily Gagnon created some opportunities for us up front. I thought Grace Smith was really aggressive in net for them. She has got a bright future in there." In the NAC East Brushton-Moira trimmed Madrid-Waddington 1-0 in a match of two emerging teams, Chateaugay scored an impressive 4-0 win over Parishville-Hopkinton, Colton-Pierrepont downed St. Lawrence Central 3-1 and St. Regis Falls nipped Tupper Lake 1-0.
BRUSHTON-MOIRA 1, MADRID-WADDINGTON 0
Kyla Phelan scored off a cross pass from Emma Russell in the 46th minute to lift the Panthers (4-4, 4-3). Natalie Palmer made four saves for the Panthers.
Alaina Armstrong made seven saves for M-W (2-5).
"We played a good game, our young team is starting to come together."
CHATEAUGAY 4, PARISHVILLE-HOPKINTON 0
Chloe Champagne (1 goal, 2 assists) scored two goals and assisted on a goal by Liv Cook (1 goal, 2 assists) in the second half for the Bulldogs (8-1-1). Ali Johnston also scored to back Emma Staples who blanked the Panthers (5-2-1) with eight saves.
"I’m so pleased with our team’s performance today against a really good Parishville team. We put it all together and controlled the game. We were able to win a lot of balls and which allowed us to make plays. We passed the ball very well and finished. It was really fun to watch. Chloe and Kylee dominated the midfield. Jordyn, Cammi, and Bleak were great in the back today. Grace Jarvis was also solid. Liv continues to just put constant pressure on opposing defenses. Her and Chloe really are fun to watch together up there. This was a great team win, I can’t be any happier then I am with these young ladies and how they played today," said Chateaugay Coach Jason LaPlante.
COLTON-PIERREPONT 3, ST. LAWRENCE 1
Alexis Cuthbert scored one goal and assisted and Kaitlyn Houston and Landree Chamberlain also scored for the Colts (9-2) who maintained a one-point lead in the division race. Hannah Agans scored for the Larries (1-3-1) from Brionna Foster.
Landree Chamberalin also assisted on a goal for C-P which received nine saves from Kendal LaMora.
ST. REGIS FALLS 1, TUPPER LAKE 0
Caydence Rondeau made three saves and Kendra Richardson scored off a pass from Jenna LaBar as the Saints (17-1) posted their first win of the season.