M-W, Canton Boys Tie; Heuvelton, Lisbon Win
Updated: Nov 16
BY DAVE SHEA
The first, and hopefully the only, COVID Cup proved to a be fitting postseason game for two Northern Conference Boys Soccer teams to cap outstanding seasons in their respective divisions.
"It was really a lot of fun. We called it the COVID Cup and it was really a playoff championship caliber game. Madrid-Waddington is an outstanding team, both teams played really well and both goalies made great saves in the final minutes of overtime," said Canton Coach Matt Caufield after his Golden Bears, who went 10-0 in the Central Division, and Madrid-Waddington, which went 11-1-1 in the East Division, played to a 1-1 double overtime tie on Saturday morning.
"This was just a great way to end a great season. This is a special group went went 10-0 in the Central Division and only allowed six goals."
Madrid-Waddington Coach Ryan Robinson also considered the game as a celebration to the dedication of the players, coaches, school district officials and everyone involved so that the teams and their communities could have a memorable soccer season.
"I want to thank everyone at Madrid-Waddington for their efforts that allowed us to get a complete season and keeping us safe. Thank you to Section 10 leadership and the referees for their commitment as well. To my seniors and all Section 10 seniors for coming out and dedicating themselves to their respective teams to play and leave an impact on their schools and community," said Coach Robinson.
"I’m really proud of how our team played today on one day of rest."
Two NAC West Division games were played on Saturday where Lisbon (6-0-1) moved towards a second straight unbeaten season with a 2-0 victory at Edwards-Knox (3-4-1) and Heuvelton (6-2-3) completed an outstanding season with a 4-0 win at home over Hammond (0-9-0).
Lisbon will host Morristown today at 1 p.m. in the final NAC Boys Soccer game of the season.
CANTON 1 - MADRID-WADDINGTON 1
Matt Robinson buried a hard shot off a pass from Ethan Bailey as M-W took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute of the game. Canton answered with the latest in a season-long combinations between Rhett Palmer and Colin Taylor two minutes into the second half.
The tie stood through remainder of regulation and sudden overtimes with solid positional play by both defenses and the athleticism and skill of goaltenders Jacob Morgan (10 saves) of M-W and Parker Hunt of Canton (9 saves).
In the final 2:39 of overtime Morgan denied a clean break-away opportunity by the Bears and Hunt went full length to steer a bouncing shot wide of the right goalpost.
"Both teams played very well today and we were missing two important starters in Trey Bessette and Matt Haycook who were making college visits. Ethan Furnia and Jack Filiatrault stepped in and really did a good job" said Canton Coach Matt Caufield.
M-W Coach Ryan Robinson felt that the game climaxed the development of his team and accented the promise of the future.
"To lose nine of 11 starters from last year and be able to tie an outstanding team like Canton says a lot about our team. Especially coming off a very tough game with Parishville-Hopkinton," said Coach Robinson.
"We only have three seniors that we will miss a lot and we have a lot to look forward to for next year. We just have keep working hard toward that."
LISBON 2 - EDWARDS-KNOX 0
Griffin Walker scored at 28:00 of the first half from Chase Jordan and Miles Gendebien converted at 27:17 of the second half from Greg Wood for the Knights who outshot the Cougars 25-4.
"We didn't finish well but overall things went well. We played a lot of good through balls which led to a lot of good chances," said Lisbon Assistant Coach Kelley Geary.
"We just put a lot of shots wide and over the top but we maintained control."
Matt Robinson tended four saves for the Knights' second straight shutout and Andrew Franklin finished with 10 saves for E-K.
HEUVELTON 4 - HAMMOND 0
Four different players scored and four others passed out assists for the Bulldogs who finished the season at
Cole Rickett scored the only goal of the first half with perfectly executed headball off a corner kick by Dustin Dodd and three second half goals came off passing plays.
In the second half Matt Basford connected off an Evan Felt pass, Braeden Free scored from Jordan Sawyer and Brandon Pray netted a shot off a pass from Andrew Demers.
"It was a great way to end the season. I was so proud of our growth throughout the season. Our seniors did a great job leading and making sure that the younger players got better and enjoyed the season. Things really look good for the future of Heuvelton soccer. We have a good feeder system and Coach Lacey Leroux is doing a great job with our modified team" said Heuvelton Coach Bruce Durant.
"Our senior captains Josh Wrobel, Jed Crayford, Braeden Free, Matt Basford, Andrew Demers, Dustin Dodd and Jordan Sawyer really did a nice job. I will really miss them and hopefully we will be able to take players to a camp this summer to get ready for next fall."
Jed Crayford and first year senior Hayden Knauf combined on a six-save shutout and Hammond's Samuel Pease finished with 20 saves.