M-W Continues East Drive; MCS Win, Canton Drops SR
BY DAVE SHEA
Madrid-Waddington carries its East Division title defense to the wire on Monday while Morristown clinched a home game for the opening of Class D playoffs in the Section 10 Boys Soccer Tournament and OFA emerged as the number one Class B seed in Monday's NAC Boys soccer action.
M-W blanked Chateaugay 2-0 to finish league play at 11-2-1 (12-3-1 overall) and stayed alive for possible title share of in the East Division if Parishville-Hopkinton (11-1-1) should fall to Colton-Pierrepont on Tuesday in the final division game for both teams. Morristown (8-6-1) downed Gouverneur 4-1 in a nonleague game and will complete its season with a league game at Harrisville on Wednesday.
In Central Division play Canton (4-4-2, 6-7-2) outscored Salmon River (6-4-0, 9-5-0) 3-2 in a decision which gave OFA (5-2-3, 6-5-3) the top Class B seed and a semi-final matchup with Potsdam (6-9-0) which downed Norwood-Norfolk 2-0 in an NAC Interdivisional Senior Day game.
M-W 2 - Chateaugay 0: Brody VanBuren buried a shot that was assisted by Kyle Stoner in the first half of an intense, deliberate matchup. In the second half Matthew Robinson sealed the game when Logan Cordova fought hard for a ball and crossed it over for the finish.
"Tough game tonight in Chateaguay. I knew Teddy Martin would have an improved team from when we played them last. He did. We didn’t play very well in the first half and it took us a long time to get offense going. The outshot us 5-4 and they kept constant pressure on us so we had to make some adjustments. said M-W Coach Rhyan Robinson.
"Chateaugay had some pretty good pressure on us tonight but Lucas Ryan held the defense tight and cleared a lot of balls with Cade VanBuren in the stopper position."
Trent Lashua had 4 saves in the shutout and Chateaugay (9-4-1, 10-5-1) keeper Carson Richards had one save.
Morristown 4 - Gouverneur 1: A free-wheeling contest filled with transition attack threats by both teams saw the Green Rockets win their final home game over a Gouverneur team which finished at 0-14-0 but not before rendering a strong effort.
Hector Mendez scored all four goals of the game for the Rockets who misfired on any number of close range chances. Mendez broke a 1-1 tie late in the first half and scored twice in the second half. Jonathan Leeson and Tristan Simmons provided assists in the offensive support for Kade Marshall's 5-save shutout.
Sully Rumble finished with six saves foer Gouverneur.
"We had some guys out today but we did a good job creating chances. We have had a good season and earned a home playoff game for the first time in a few years," said Morristown Coach Vanessa Ross.
Logan Mulaney scored from Garrett LeClair for the lone Gouverneur goal which earned the Rockets a 1-1 tie at halftime.
"We had defensive breakdowns but we had some good chances today. We just didn't convert enough," said Gouverneur Coach Rick Wood.
Canton 3 - Salmon River 2: Colin Taylor the sparked Golden Bears to a 2-0 lead by converting a penalty shot and setting up a goal by Matt Haycook. The Shamrocks rallied into a 2-2 halftime tie when Jared Showen scored unassisted and then converted off a Conner Lewis assist.
Nick Easterbrook of Canton scored the only goal of the second half off a pass from Chris Shuckers.
"This was a really big win for the guys on Senior Day. I moved Chris Shuckers to halfback and he did a great job controlling the middle," said Canton Coach Matt Caufield.
"We haven't had And Downs in two weeks but we hope to get him back in a few days. Now we call up some JVs and look to get it all together for the playoffs when we play Salmon River again."
Chris Downs Jr. made seven saves for Canton and John Miller stopped seven shots for SR including a penalty kick.
"Tough to start off 2-0 down. John Miller had a huge PK save and we finally answered the bell. We can't continue to climb out of holes like that. Back at it tomorrow," said SR Coach Tim Cook.