Lisbon Stays Unbeaten, Rockets Win; P-H Denies M-W
BY DAVE SHEA
Lisbon controlled the second half to stay undefeated atop the West Division and Parishvill-Hopkinton prevailed on the strength of the second half to maintain its unbeaten East Division record in Thursday's NAC Boys Soccer action.
Lisbon blanked Hammond 4-0 and P-H denied Madrid-Waddington 1-0.
In other NAC West action Morristown blanked Hermon-DeKalb 4-0 and Edwards-Knox outscored Gouverneur 5-3 in a nonleague game.
In the Central Divisiuon Malone shaded Salmon River 1-0.
Lisbon 4 - Hammond 0: The Golden Knights converted off two corner kicks in scoring four goals in the second and remained undefeated atop the NAC.
"It was a tough week and I was happy with the way we came on in the second half and controlled the ball. We have done a good job on corner kicks this season and scored two nice goals off corners tonight," said Lisbon Coach Diky Marcellus.
"It was good to get out of the second half without any more injuries. We had some key guys go down and hopefully they can all come back quickly as we have some time off. Teaghan Jordan got hurt against Harrisville and he will be out for a while."
Jack LaRock assisted on two goals and led an effort by the Knights' halfbacks who took control of the midfield and triggered a three-goal burst in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
LaRock set up Miles Gendebien for the first tally and Gendebien followed with an assist on a Tyler Gravlin tally. Griffin Walker scored his fifth goal in three games and converted off a Karter Jordan assist to give the Knights a 3-0 lead.
After exerting heavy pressure on Red Devil keeper Lukas McQueer, who made a series of stops in heavy traffic in the penalty area, the Knight gained fourth goal with Rowen Rishe heading home a Jackson LaRock corner kick.
McQueer finished with 12 saves for Hammond and Hayden McBath handled four shots for the Lisbon shutout.
"We work on a corner kicks all of the time but we gave us two goals on corners today. Last year when we beat Lisbon at the OFA Tournament I heard their coach tell his players that we wanted it more and were more aggressive," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
"Tonight they wanted it more and were more aggressive. We just didn't bring it as a team like we can."
Morristown 4 - H-D 0: Hector Mendez scored the first two goals for the Rockets who opened a 4-0 halftime lead. Tristan Simmons assisted on the second goal and later created a 4-0 lead off an assist from Cael Woodcock who scored the third goal unassisted.
Kade Marshall handled three saves for a shutout and Andrew Matthews stopped eight saves for H-D.
E-K 5 - Gouverneur 3: The Wildcats' Avery Hayden opened the scoring on a direct kick 13:05 into the game and the Cougars answered with three straight goals in the nonelague game. Joey Hart figured in all assisting Avery Whitford to a tying goal and then striking for two unassisted goals. Jorge Narette answered with a penalty kick for the Wildcats but Whitford restored the two-goal margin at the half with an unassisted goal.
The two teams traded goals in the second half as Gouverneur's Ethan Fitzgerald scored off a cross from Jacob Carvel and Whitford netted a penalty shot for his third goal of the night.
"We are down to 12 players right now but we did put the ball in the net which was good to see," said Gouverneur Coach Rick Wood.
Cooper MaKay made 11 saves for E-K and Sully Rumble fielded 15 shots for Gouverneur.
P-H 1 - M-W 0: The Panthers prevailed in a match of NAC East contenders on the strength of goal by halfback Stewart Ayers at 35:16 of the first half and an outstanding nine save performance by goaltender Caleb Knowles.
"Our goalie saved us tonight and our defense had to work very hard against the speed of Madrid-Waddington. They have a lot of guys with good speed. It was a physical game and Iw as happy with the way our guys hung in there," said P-H Coach Mike Castanza.
"Steve Ayers plays in the midfield for us and he and Brandon Phippen communicate well and one will move up and the other stays back. Tonight Steve put the ball home after the ball sent into the box and hit a defender."
"We limited Parishville to just three shots in the first half tonight. We didn’t have Gabe Murphy, Trent Lashua, Brennan Harmer and then lost Matt Robinson. We outshot them 12-3 but again we just have have this cloud hanging over us. I am very proud of my guys tonight on how they all stepped up when our guys went down," said M-W Coach Ryan Robinson.
We kept Peyton Snell in check like we wanted and controlled the entire second half. He’s a pretty dangerous player so that was important. Nick Burns, Cade VanBuren and Lucas Ryan all did a great job in front of Joe Greene in goal.(3 saves). "
C-P 2 - SLC 1: Tim Farns scored a tying goal on a direct kick in the second and set Nate LeMieux for an overtime game-winner for the Colts who received six saves from Harlee Besio. Caden Taylor scored on a header for SLC in the first half and Tommy Storrin made nine saves in the Larries' goal.
Malone 1 - Salmon River 0: Ryan Johnson converted off a Kevin Pelkey assist in the first half as the Huskies prevailed over neighboring NAC Central rival Salmon River. Malone's Zarkman stopped six shots in the shutout and John Miller made 12 saves for the Shamrocks.
"We did alot of good things tonight against a good team. We had about a 10 minute letdown where we gave up some breaks which resulted in the goal and some chances for them. We had plenty of our own as well. It's a different game if we can put one of our early chances today away. Back to the drawing board tomorrow," said Salmon River Coach Tim Cook.