Lisbon's Perfect Season Gains Class D Title
BY DAVE SHEA
POTSDAM - The two remaining unbeaten Class D Boys Soccer teams in New York State will meet on Saturday as Lisbon Central (19-0) travels to Beekmantown High School to face Section 7 Champion Chazy (18-0-1) at 11 a.m. for a trip to the New York State Final Four.
Lisbon continued the school's first perfect boys soccer season on Tuesday at Potsdam High School gaining its third 1-0 win over NAC West rival Harrisville in the 2019 Section 10 Class D Championship.
"Harrisville is a very tough team with 10 seniors, they really came on strong in the second half," said Lisbon Coach Dicky Marcellus who teamed with assistant coaches Kelley Geary and John McBath to develop a team with only one senior, halfback Karter Jordan, which used its depth to overcome injuries to key players.
"Everyone on our team can contribute and getting that early goal was big today. We like to play the ball on the ground and we moved the ball well tonight."
The Golden Knights' won the school's first Class D Boys Soccer crown since 2014, and after tying Scott Richardson's school record for shutouts in a season at 13, goaltender Hayden McBath felt his team could compete well against Chazy because of its love of the game and each other. McBath made three saves in the shutout and punched two dangerous corner kicks upfield in the final 18 minutes of the game where Teagan Jordan broke up two dangerous Harrisville rushes and Ben LaRock created counter attacks with long clears.
"We have great team chemistry and we have all played a lot of soccer since we were little. We were always getting people together to get out and play. Chazy has an outstanding program with what nine state titles and 18 Final Fours but I think we can compete" said McBath who has knowledge of playing against Chateaugay in his DNA.
His dad, Assistant Coach John McBath, and Head Coach Dicky Marcellus both played on Lisbon championship teams which met Chazy in the regional play.
McBath and defenders Ben LaRock, Jayden Carr, Teagan Jordan and Greg Wood have combined to allow just six goals this season and for the second straight game Wood set up the winning goal in a 1-0 win.
Following a similar scenario to a semi-final overtime win over Colton-Pierrepont Wood lofted a long service which Jack LaRock directed into the net past Pirate keeper Nate Woodward in the 17th minute of the game. Woodward finished with 11 saves for Harrisville.
"Greg Wood sent the ball in from about 40 yards out and it took a good bounce to me and I put the ball in the net," said Jack LaRock who was also a member of Lisbon's first-ever Class D Baseball title in the Spring.
"Winning baseball and soccer is great. We just want to keep making a little history."
The Knights also denied Harrisville's hopes for presenting Coach Rick Bearor with an historic career win 406 which would have tied him with the late Roger Dusharm who holds the Section 10 record. Dusharm and Bearor are both graduates of Edwards Central School and are both members of the New York State Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame.
"I am very pleased with our effort. It was a great game. We had a great season." said Bearor.
"Lisbon had the wind in the first half and did a nice job keeping the ball on the ground and getting the goal. We have had very few runs in the first half but we got out made some runs in the second half."
NOTES: Following game Harrisville's Jadon Sullivan was honored as the NAC West Division Offensive MVP and Cael Woodward of Morristown was cited as the Defensive MVP. Lisbon's Dicky Marcellus was voted as the Coach of the Year by his coaching peers...Karter Jordan, Ben LaRock, Miles Gendebien and Jackson LaRock were voted to the First Team and Nolan Parrow, Adam Szlamcynski and Nathan Schmitt joined Pirate teammate Jadon Sullivan on the First Team...Teagan Jordan and Griffin Walker represented Lisbon on the Second Team which also included Ryan Spencer of Harrisville.