Lisbon Boys Soccer Season Ended By Ongoing COVID Ordeal
BY DAVE SHEA
LISBON - Student athletes around the country have suffered a stream of traumatic disappointments caused by the ongoing shock waves caused by theCOVID-19 pandemic ever since March.
On Friday, the Lisbon Boys Soccer program joined all sports at Gouverneur Central and Harrisville Central which have had their seasons ended by complications from positive tests for the virus.
At Gouverneur the aftermath was especially devastating for the Wildcats' girls soccer team which had followed all state protocols to be able to train throughout the spring and summer months and stood undefeated atop the NAC Central Division. In response to COVID-19 positive tests the school went totally virtual until Nov. 30.
Members of the Lisbon Boys Soccer team suffered a similar fate on Friday in the aftermath of the positive test on a Harrisville player.
Earlier this week Harrisville Central School learned that one of their players had tested positive for the virus and for the sake of safety the school went totally remote until Nov. 16 ending the seasons of the Pirate boys and girls soccer team. The positive test was part of an outbreak of cases in Lewis County and its effect extended to the Lisbon Boys team which stayed undefeated with a 3-0 win over the Pirates on Monday.
In investigating and tracking the positive case on the Harrisville team the Lewis and St. Lawrence County Health Departments directed that the 14 Lisbon players who saw action in the game would have to be quarantined for two weeks until Nov. 10. The Northern Conference season ends on Nov. 14.
"We met this morning and there was a possibility that after the quarantine the boys would play the remaining games. But at 3 p.m. I was notified that we would not be doing that and that our season was done," said Lisbon Central Coach Diky Marcellus.
"I can't tell you how bad I feel for these guys especially our seniors. It is such a talented team and they have worked so hard over the years. This is just terrible. These guys have lost so much."
It is the latest in a series of unthinkably cruel developments for Lisbon Boys athletics and the school district which has stayed free of any positive COVID tests.
The soccer team undefeated in league in sectional play last fall after a very young team won the Section 10 Class D Baseball title and advanced to the New York State Final Four the previous spring.
When the pandemic exploded onto the scene in March New York State high schools all went remote and the high school spring seasons were cancelled crushing Lisbon's hopes of competing for a baseball repeat.
This fall students returned to school but high school sports were dramatically reshaped. Football, volleyball were deemed high risk sports and moved to a special Fall Sports II season which is scheduled to be held in March and April after the winter seasons. Soccer was designated as moderate-low risk sport but the season did not open until Oct. 13 and no sectional or state tournament play was allowed by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
That took away the Lisbon boys hopes of contending for a second straight sectional title, this time at the Class C level, with all but two of last season's starters returning. The Knights earned solo control of the lead at 5-0-0 chasing a repeat NAC West title until Friday when their season ended.
"What's going on is just crazy and nobody knows what going happen next," said Coach Marcellus.
"This season was going so well and then suddenly it was gone."
CANTON BOYS STAY UNDEFEATED
CANTON - In Friday's NAC Boys Soccer action Canton continued its undefeated drive for the Central Division title with a 2-1 win over Salmon River. Matt Haycook's second half goal gave the Golden Bears (7-0) a 2-0 lead. Rhett Palmer scored in the first half.
Chase Lewis scored for the Shamrocks (3-4) later in the second half.
Malone 5 - Massena 2: Hans Schumacher scored three goals as the Huskies climbed to 6-2.
Ryan Johnston and Luke Pearsall also scored for the Huskies and Shea Sculy scored two goals for Massena (1-5).
Massena 2 - Malone 0: Sabella Cromie made eight saves to send the Red Raiders past Malone (3-5) in a Central Division game in Massena.Auna Shadle and Liz Rogers scored goals as 4-2 Massena gained a key division win. Sabella Cromie made eight saves shutting out Malone (3-5-0)
Canton 2 - Salmon River 0: Hannah Reed scored both goals for 6-1 Canton and Bree Rogers made nine saves in the shutout.
Norwood-Norfolk 1 - Edwards-Knox 0: Emma Wells scored the only goal ate in the first half for the 2-3-1 Flyers. Shelby Vallance made 12 saves in the shutout over the 1-2 Cougars.
Chateaugay 4 - Tupper Lake 0: Liva Cook scored two goals as Chateaugay (7-1-1) continued its drive in the 3-team East Division race heading into a game with Parishville-Hopkinton today. Jordyn Holbrook and Chloe Champagne also scored for the Bulldogs and Emma Staples made one save for the shutout.
Grace Jarvis, Chloe Champagne, Avey Tom and Kylee Peterson all assisted on goals.
"We came out of the gates quick again today and were able to tuck some goals away early. We passed the ball very well today and were able to control the tempo of the game. Again we got valuable minutes from everyone today. Really happy how we played today. Now we have a quick turnaround to be ready for tomorrow. We have to be ready to play against a great Parishville program. It’s going to be a battle for sure," said Chateaugay Coach Jason LaPlante.