Lisbon Wins NAC West Soccer Opener
MORRISTOWN - Following up an overtime victory in the championship game of the OFA Gerry Cring Tournament Lisbon worked extremely hard to gain a 1-0 win over Morristown in its NAC Boys Soccer opener on Thursday.
While the Knights climbed to 3-0 overall Heuvelton opened its season in a 4-1 over Gouverneur and presented first year coach Bruce Durant a victory in his first game at the Heuvelton helm.
The other NAC West game of the day saw Edwards-Knox down Hermon-DeKalb 2-0.
Lisbon 1 - Morristown 0: Karter Jordan scored from Jackson LaRock at 9:34 in the second half.
Hayden McBath handed one shot for a shutout and Kade Marshall handled four shots for Morristown.
E-K 2 - H-D 0: The Green Demons noted a 2-0 start in the NAC West under first year Coach John Davison as Avery Whitford scored two second half goals and Cooper Mackay posted a five-shot shutout
Avery Whitford scored 15 minutes into the second half on a thru-ball from Nolan Blandin. Whitford then converted on a penalty shot minutes after that to seal the game at 2-0.
"We had several close chances but couldn't find the back of the net," said H-D Coach Marty Amo.
"We are doing okay. We have a lot to learn but there is plenty of season left," said E-K Coach Davison.
Heuvelton 4 - Gouverneur 1: The Bulldogs tied the game at 1-1 with 15:20 remaining in the first half and then scored three unanswered goals in the second half. Jordan Sawyer scored an unassisted goal to tie the game at 1-1 just 40 seconds after Gouverneur's Avery Hayden scored off a corner kick.
In the second half Matt Basford and connected from Drew Demers for the eventual game-winner followed by Sawyer's second goal of the game off an assist from Basford.
Sawyer completed a productive offensive night setting up a Cole Rickett goal with a cross for the final goal of the night.
"We are a very young team and we really turned it on in the final 15 minutes. We really played well together and the guys worked hard: said HCS Coach Bruce Durant.
"Jordan Sawyer had a great game, he has great wheels got involved in a lot ot things from the right wing. Cole Rickett moved into the midfield and had a nice game and Hunter Venette continued to play very well off the bench."
Jed Crayford made 11 saves for Heuvelton and Alex Clancy fielded 12 shots for Gouverneur.
P-H 1 - B-M 0: Peyton Snell scored the only goal of the game as the Panthers won their first game under the direction of Mike Castanza. Chris Knowles stopped 11 shots in the shutout and George Webb made nine stops in the B-M goal.