Lisbon Gains Key Win Over Harrisville; Devils, Demons Prevail
Lisbon won a meeting of NAC West unbeatens at Harrisville, Hermon-DeKalb gained its first division win and Hammond secured a nonleague win Tuesday's NAC Boys Soccer action
Lisbon 1 - Harrisville 0: The only goal of the game came on a quick counter strike with 22 minutes remaining in the first half. After Lisbon's defending of a threatening corner kick Issac LaRock sent a through ball which would spring Griffin Walker for a break-away on Pirate keeper Nate Woodard. It was Griffin's fourth goal in the last two games.
"They pressed forward to play the direct kick like a corner kick. We cleared the ball and Issac LaRock found Griffin Walker with a great pass splitting the two defenders and Griff just outran everyone to score," said Lisbon Coach Diky Marcellus.
"We controlled the first 25 minutes but they really came at us in the late stages of the game. Hayden McBath made a great save with six minutes to play to keep us in the lead. "
McBath finished with three saves and Woodard made five saves for Harrisville.
"It was a really big win for us," said Coach Marcellus.
Hammond 4 - Gouverneur 2: Randy Durham set up the first two Hammond goals and Tyler Felming and Cody Howard scored their first varsity goals as the Red Devils gained a nonleague win over the Wildcats.
Nate Jewett tallied the final two Hammond goals scoring off an assist from Cooper Bennett and netting a penalty shot. Ethan Fitzgerald and Garrett LeClair scored for the Wildcats.
"We were playing well early the game but we weren't passing well enough. On the first two goals it was three passes and a goal which was great to see. Gouverneur played pretty well today," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
"Now we have to great ready for Lisbon on Thursday."
Lukas McQueer stopped 11 shots for Hammond and Sully Rumble fielded six saves for Gouverneur.
H-D 2 - Heuvelton 1: It took Hermon-DeKalb almost 70 minutes to break through against Heuvelton in regulation but only 1:17 of overtime before Kevin Joy connected from Max Finley on his 13th shot of the game to give the Demons the win in a match of two young teams hungry for their first NAC West victory.
Heuvelton took a 1-0 jead at 4:25 of the first period when Braeden Free scored off a cross from Jordan Sawyer. After sustaining heavy pressure which resulted in a 24-9 margin in shots finally pulled even when Peyton Hamilton controlled the ball in a crowd and turned and drove a shot inside the right goalpost out of the reach of a diving effort by Jed Crayford who finished with 18 saves.
Andrew Matthews stopped eight shots in the H-D crease.