M-W, H-D, E-K Girls Continue Strong Play
Updated: Oct 6, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
MADRID - Madrid-Waddington Girls Soccer Coach Justin Richards entered the NAC East season with expectations that his Yellowjackets would be a major factor in the division race and a contender to repeat last year's Section 10 Class C Championship.
Those expectations have taken form in the last three games where the Jackets handed Chateaugay its first loss, dropped a well-played overtime decision to division leading Bruston-Moira and by scoring a 4-0 victory over a solid Tupper Lake team on Friday at home.
In one other NAC East game Norwood-Norfolk dropped Parishville-Hopkinton 1-0.
In the NAC West Hermon-DeKalb and Edwards-Knox picked up decisive wins. H-D downed Heuvelton 4-1 and E-K dropped Morristown 2-0.
"Communication has been the key. The girls are now doing a great job talking and it is really paying off. We controlled most of the play today and we played much better in the second half," said Coach Richards.
"We have been in every game this season and now we are winning those games. We have good speed on the this team and there is really no dominant team in the division. We are looking to finish strong."
The M-W halfbacks controlled the 50-50 balls against the Lumberjackets and combined on the scoring sequences with front line and the defense stymied most TL counter-attack attempts near midfield.
Speedster Hailee Blair scored the only of the first half running onto a pass from Lily LaMere and driving a hard shot into the net from the center of the field.
Alexis Sullivan converted on a pretty two-way passing play between Jaelynn Uppstrom and Lindsey Burns to open the second half scoring which featured strong outside runs and crossing passes. Uppstrom scored from Sullivan for a 3-0 lead and Blair scored unassisted in a scramble to close out the scoring.
Emma Martin stopped two shots for the shutout and Libby Gillis handled 12 saves for Tupper Lake.
E-K, H-D POST WINS
E-K 2 - Morristown 0: Abby Hart scored twice from Lily Lottie in a span of 1:33 at 25:04 and 22:31 of the first half as the Cougars (5-4-1 West, 7-4-1) continued their strong play in the second half of the season directing 25 shots on the Morristown (2-6-1 West 3-7-2) goal.
"We played well and I was really happy the way different girls stepped up to fill in for people who are injured. We did a great job getting a lot of shots in goal but we must finish better," said E-K Coach Patty Taylor.
E-K's goaltending combination of Mikaya Mellieur and Ali Matthews combined on a five-save shutout and Emma Showers and Emily Gagnon combined on 23 saves for Morristown.
"We are battling a couple injuries so we had to move people around. We played pretty good in spurts. We moved the ball pretty well offensively. We lost track of Abby Hart a couple times and you can’t do that because she is a tremendous player. Their midfield really controlled the game. Lucy Frary does a great job facilitating their offense," said Morristown Coach Chris Showers.
"We made a switch in goal after the first 20 minutes. Emily Gagnon played very well in there. I think Carly Piercey, Mia Johnson, Laurell Vinch, and Karissa Donnelly are starting to work well together up front. They did some nice things. We have 1one game in the next 9 days so hopefully we can get over some of these injuries. "
H-D 4 - Heuvelton 1: The Green Demons (3-4-9 West, 6-4-1) continued their strong offensive play in a home win over Heuvelton (3-6-0 West, 3-8-1). Makenna Smith scored a goal in each half and Kailey Hernandez scored two second half tallies for H-D which marched away from a 1-1 halftime tie.
Smith opened the scoring converting on a corner kick at 17:49 of the first half and Heuvelton's Kaitlin Sibley answered at 19:18 unassisted. Hernandez broke the tie at 7:18 of the second half converting off a Smith corner kick and scored her second goal by one-touching a pass from Hilary Jones off the crossbar and into the net.
Smith closed out the scoring with a direct kick and Emery McQuade backstopped the win with 12 saves. Laura Martin handled nine saves for Heuvelton.