Lady Knights Win Season Opener; Heuvelton, M-W Rebound
BY DAVE SHEA
Lisbon won its an NAC Division West opener while Heuvelton in the NAC West and Madrid-Waddington in the NAC both rebounded from debut losses in Wednesday's Northern Conference Girls Soccer action.
"The girls played great keeping the pressure in their end the majority of the game. Our offensive line had a lot of opportunities but their goalie had some fantastic saves. Emily (Jordan) was able to finish a great assist from Ava Murphy at the start of the second half. Our midfield and solid defense was able to control the middle of the field. We are incredibly proud of these girls and look forward to the rest of the season," said Coach Courtney LeBeau who gained her varsity soccer coaching win filling in for Tim Richards who was at the wake for his father.
In another NAC West game Norwood-Norfolk shaded Hermon-DeKalb 3-2 while NAC East action saw Colton-Pierrepont blank St. Lawrence Central and Chateaugay and Parishville-Hopkinton tie. Canton and Gouverneur posted NAC Central victories.
LISBON 1 - MORRISTOWN 0
The Golden Knights' Emily Jordan scored what proved to be the only goal of the game two minutes into the second half as the 1-0 Knights dropped Morristown to 1-1 in the NAC West. Jordan controlled a pass from Ava Murphy and dribbled past two defenders in heavy traffic in front of the net and drilled a shot past Rocket keeper Emma Showers who turned in a stellar effort with 20 saves.
Grace Smith made seven key stops making seven saves for a shutout in her first varsity start in goal for the Knights who featured a host of first year starters. The team's lone senior Olivia McLear was honored before the game and played a lead role the strong defensive play in the shutout.
"We came out strong in the first 10 minutes and were able to win most of the balls. But after that we regressed. We made too many mistakes. Emily Jordan is a very good player. And she can’t be left alone. At the beginning of second half she she just wanted it more. She beat two defenders and our goalkeeper to a ball that should have been cleared," said Morristown Coach Chris Showers.
"Mia Johnson had a another solid game in the midfield for us. Carly Piercey was strong on the wing. She put several crosses in the box that we didn’t get too. This division is too tough to not capitalize on scoring opportunities and we had more than enough of them. Their goalie Grace Smith played big time for them. She was aggressive and had a couple huge saves to keep us scoreless. Now we have to regroup and get ready for Hammond on Friday."
MADRID-WADDINGTON 2 - BRUSHTON-MOIRA 0
The Jackets scored a goal in each half and blanked the reigning Section 10 Class Champions.
Hailee Blair scored from Shelby Milburn with 25 minutes left in the first half and Laney Tiernan scored with 19 minutes left in the game.
Golaltender Alaina Armstrong anchored the defense with 13 saves.
"Alaina played excellent today. She’s been working hard on her angles and using her voice. It paid off today. Solid effort from our fullbacks"
HEUVELTON 2 - HARRISVILLE 0
Heuvelton overcame a 24-save effort from 1-1 Harrisville's Megan Kackinson to level its record at 1-1. Freshmen Chastity Johnson and Rylin McAllister provided an offensive spark showing the skill development that Coach Gus Burns looks to unfold over the course of the season.
"Harrisville's goalie made at least four point-blank saves. She is a very good goalie," said Heuvelton Coach Gus Burns.
Chastity Johnson scored with 30:47 remaining in the first half with what proved to be the winning goal from Rylin McAllister and Molly Williams connected from Johnson just 30 seconds into the second half. Emma LaFaver stopped the only shot she faced in posting a shutout.
CHATEAUGAY 2 - PARISHVILLE-HOPKINTON 2
Host P-H received two tying goals from Kelly Bloom in an NAC East match.
Olivia Cook scored unassisted for Chateaugay to open the scoring and Ali Johnston broke a 1-1 tie with a goal from Chole Champagne.
Emma Staples stopped six shots for Chateaugay and Kelsey Frarahampe handled seven saves for the Panthers.
"That was a classic Chateaugay versus Parishville battle. Both teams playing hard and battling. They took it to us in the first half, I wasn’t overly pleased with our effort. However in the second half I feel like we played much smarter and harder. Overall to come out of Parishville with a tie is pretty good. That’s a great program and a tough place to play. Kaelyn Morgan and Adrienne Secore did a great job in the back today," said Chateaugay Coach Jason LaPlante.
NORWOOD-NORFOLK 3, HERMON-DEKALB 2
Keely Ashley scored twice, including a game-winning penalty kick in the 69th minute, to lift N--N (1-1) past the Demons who suffered their second one-goal loss in NAC West action.
Emma Wells also scored for Norwood-Norfolk. Audrianna Tehonica scored both goals unassisted for the Demons who took a 2-1 halftime lead.
GOUVERNEUR 2 - MALONE 1
Torie Salisbury scored with five seconds left to lift the Wildcats in an NAC Central Division game. Holly Barton scored the first goal of the game for the Wildcats (2-0 overall and division) and Laney Smith assisted on both goals. Ryleigh McCauley scored for the Huskies (1-1).
CANTON 3, SALMON RIVER 0
Bree Rogers made four saves and Emily Wentworth added three as the Bears blanked Salmon River in their NAC Central opener. Esther Shipman, Etta Coburn and Hannah Reed scored for Canton (1-0).
COLTON-PIERREPONT 2, ST. LAWRENCE 0
Kendall LaMora made two saves for the shutout. Abeni Payne and Alexus Cuthbert scored for the Colts (2-0).