M-W, Lisbon Boys Defend Leads; H-D, Morristown Win
BY DAVE SHEA
Lisbon in the NAC West and Parishville-Hopkinton in the NAC East stayed undefeated and gained vital wins toward their hopes of repeat championships on Tuesday.
In match of division unbeatens and archrivals P-H (5-0-0) shaded Madrid-Waddington (5-1-0) 2-1 and Lisbon (5-0-0) edged Heuvelton (3-1-2) 1-0 on a day when snow made its first appearance in the area.
In other NAC West action Hermon-DeKalb (3-1-1) blanked Hammond (0-5-0) 5-0 and Morristown (3-3-0) edged Edwards-Knox (0-1-1) 2-1 in overtime.
In other NAC East action Colton-Pierrepont (6-2-1) ran its unbeaten streak to seven games and Norwood-Norfolk stayed unbeaten at 3-0-1 playing to a scoreless tie where the Colts took over the points lead in the division at 13. One other game saw St. Lawrence Central (2-3-0) blanked Brushton-Moira (0-7-0).
PARISHVILLE-HOPKINTON 2 - MADRID-WADDINGTON 1
Just when it appeared that the two teams were headed for overtime with darkness advancing over the snow flurries, P-H's Peyton Snell scored off a brilliant rush to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead with 55 seconds to play. Snell also opened scoring 1:05 into the second half on a penalty shot after a M-W player was called for a handball on a cross into the penalty area.
"This was a great game and they really tested us. I was really proud of the way the guys responded," said P-H Coach Tony Engstrom.
"Both teams played very well."
Stuart Ayers found Snell with a direct kick and Snell dribbled past two defenders and converted a one-vs-one against M-W keeper Jacob Morgan who had made a brilliant diving save to keep his team within one goal with 10 minutes to play.
M-W pulled even with 3:19 play when a long service by Logan Cordova started a sequence which saw Drew Harmer break free down the middle of the field and drive a high shot past P-keeper Caleb Knowles. Knowles and Morgan each finished with five saves in the game.
P-H had eight shots on goal and M-W finished with six shots and both teams took two corner kicks.
"Really, really proud of my team tonight. They are a strong team that’s built from the back to the front and have been together for a while. Four and a half weeks ago we had to rebuild an entire defense and an offense that only had two returning offensive players. They played a tremendous game and gained a bunch of experience that is only going to make them better. Drew Harmer to come up and have the confidence to hit that shot is going to be one of many in his career," said M-W Coach Ryan Robinson.
"We deemed this game as a playoff championship style game and it was all of that. Typical M-W Parishville game, physical but clean, nice passing with ball movement and two dangerous offensive players when left alone. Game could have went either way for either team. Good to see Tony (Engstrom) back on the sideline for them they definitely missed not having him there. We have a crazy schedule the next week and a half so we have to prepare and stay healthy."
LISBON 1 - HEUVELTON 0
Jack LaRock produced the lone goal of the game in the 18th minute of the first half converting off a cross from Miles Gendebien. Caleb Richardson stopped seven saves to record his second shutout in two days and Jed Crayford finished with 12 saves for Heuvelton with a series of leaping stops in heavy traffic.
"We moved the ball extremely well in the first half and in the second half everyone played well to prevent Heuvelton from getting really dangerous chances," said Lisbon Coach Diky Marcellus.
"Heuvelton is strong and athletic but we didn't make the big mistake. In a 1-0 game you just can't make a big mistake."
Heuvelton Coach Bruce Durant praised his team for matching up with the defending champion Knights who ran the table to 12-0 last year.
"I am really proud of my guys, we have come a long way. My defense of Cole Rickett, Josh Wroble, Jon Wroble and Tristan Lovely really hung in there against an outstanding Lisbon team which passed the ball extremely well. But we passed the ball well too and we had some chances."
MORRISTOWN 2 - EDWARDS-KNOX 1
Tristan Simmons and Wyatt Sullivan continued as a clutch combination for the Green Rockets who rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit.
Dylan Wood gave E-K the lead scoring from Avery Whitford and Simmons pulled the Rockets even off a pass from Sullivan with 10 minutes to play. Simmons took a through pass from Sullivan and tallied a golden goal in the first overtime.
Morristown's Kade Marshall and E-K's Andrew Franklin each posted seven saves in the contest.
"The guys really passed the ball and we had some chances that we missed because of the slippery footing. Now we have to get ready to play Lisbon on Saturday" said Morristown Coach Glenn Colby.
"I moved the guys around some today and we had some very good ball control. Javan Joanette played very well in the midfield along with Seth Witherhead and Jarred Young. And Jonah Witherhead had a another great game at stopper getting the ball up to the offense and he moved up quite a bit."
HERMON-DEKALB 5 - HAMMOND 0
Kevin Joj scored a pair of first half goals and Payton Hamilton netted two goals in the second half one on a penalty shot. Joj and Hamilton also provided assists along with Jacob Spencer and Art Carr.
Duncan Gillie scored the final goal in support of Andrew Matthew who made two saves in the shutout. Lukas McQueer finished with 11 saves for Hammond.
COLTON-PIERREPONT 0 - NORWOOD-NORFOLK 0
C-P's Harlee Besio stopped three shots and Noah Dominy of N-N finished with 11 stops.
ST. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 2, BRUSHTON-MOIRA 0
Kolbee Converse scored from Ethan Smith and Zach Strawser scored from Smith, in the second half. Tommy Storrin made eight saves in the shutout. Wayne Palmer made five saves for the Panthers.