Lisbon Gains Second Win Over Heuvelton
Updated: Sep 12, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
LISBON - According to Lisbon Central Coach Taylor Abar tactical and emotional adjustments were equal factors in the second half turnabout which produced a 2-0 NAC West Girls Soccer win over Heuvelton on Tuesday.
Emily Jordan scored both goals for the Knights who rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Morristown in their NAC West opener.
"We lit a fire in the girls and we moved a lot of people around. They were marking Emily Jordan and we had to figure out a way to get her loose. Heather (Assistant Coach Heather Johnson) came up with it," said Coach Abar after the Knights (3-1) followed up a nonleague win at the OFA Tournament against the Lady Bulldogs and evened their division mark to 1-1 while Heuvelton (0-2-1) dropped its division opener.
"Now we have to do it right from the start. We came out flat and we had to fix that. Rachel LaRock was much more aggressive at stopper and Eliza McLear stepped on defense today and really did a nice job."
Jordan broke the scoreless deadlock with 14 minutes to play when she took control of the ball in a crowd of players and drilled a close range shot past Heuvelton keeper Rayna Cameron.
She culminated a pretty transition sequence by lifting a break-away shot just under the crossbar with four minutes remaining. Defender Eliza McLear started the counter attack score by breaking a up a deep Heuvelton threat and then outletted the ball upfield to midfielder Alexa McKee who pushed the ball to Ava Murphy who provided the through ball to spring Jordan behind the defense.
Abby Flack stopped nine shots for the shutout and Cameron stopped six shot for the Bulldogs who finished with a 9-7 edge in shots and 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
"We dominated the first half but we couldn't score. We just aren't going to the ball hard enough. The Lisbon girls were playing physical on defense but that is what they are supposed to do," said Heuvelton Coach Gus Burns.
"We just have go harder to the ball to convert our chances."
The other NAC West of the game between Hammond and Morristown was postponed. In NAC Central action Potsdam shaded Canton 3-2 and Gouverneur blanked Salmon River 5-0. In the NAC East Colton-Pierrepont blanked St. Regis Falls 2-0, Chateaugay downed Madrid-Waddington 4-1 and Parishville-Hopkinton shaded Tupper Lake 1-0.
Chateaugay 4 - M-W 1: The Jackets' opened the scoring as Alexis Sullivan converted from Hailee Blair but the Bulldogs answered with three first half goals. Maddy Carr and Olivia Cook both scored from Chloe Champayne and Champayne scored unassisted. Cook closed out the scoring from Jordyn Hoolbrook.
Potsdam 3 - Canton 2: Natalie Cowen's penalty shot with 12:19 to play decided a match of NAC Central contenders. Canton led 1-0 and 2-1 on goals by Hannah Reed and Hailee Duvall and Potsdam countered with equalizers by Sophia Janoyan from Sophie Compeau and Brittany Martin and Luca Pecora.
Taylor Benda made seven saves for Potsdam and Abby Dent handled five shots in the Canton goal.
Gouverneur 5 - Salmon River 0: Laney Smith passed out two assists for the Wildcats who featured five goal scorers in Brenna Drake, Torie Salisbury, Taylor Hance, Vernea Turnwalkd and Marina Wood. Shacoria Jackson stopped two shots in the shutout.
C-P 2, St Regis 0: Abseni Payne scored the first goal from Isabelle Vaccaro and set up Alayna Rutledge for the second goal. Natalie Butterfield stopped eight shots for the shutout.