M-W, P-H Boys Tie 1-1 In Match Of NAC East Leaders
BY DAVE SHEA
PARISHVILLE - Two teams who have stood at the top of the NAC East Division for the past two seasons played like champions on Thursday as Madrid-Waddington (11-1-0) and Parishville-Hopkinton (10-0-1) completed their division seasons in a 1-1 tie.
Because of the COVID-19 virus which caused several cancellations in all three of the NAC divisions, M-W and P-H did not play the same number of games. M-W will complete its season on Saturday in another high caliber matchup visiting Canton, coming off a 10-0 NAC Central season, in a nonleague game at 10:30 a.m.
The M-W Girls completed their season in a 5-1 loss to Parishville-Hopkinton. The Lady Jackets' final two games were cancelled because COVID-19 exposures forced Tupper Lake and St. Regis Falls to go total remote education.
MADRID-WADDINGTON 1 - PARISHVILLE-HOPKINTON 1
P-H took the lead just eight into the game when Avery Zenger put away a Stuart Ayers cross in the middle of the field. M-W pulled even in the 13th minute of the second half when Brody VanBuren headed a Matthew Robinson corner kick into the net.
P-H gained a 5-3 shots on goal edge in the second half and M-W keeper Jacob Morgan (6 saves) preserved the tie with a fantastic point blank save with just under 10 minutes to play. Caleb Knowles stopped three shots for the Panthers.
"Good game tonight. We made a defensive change after they scored and I thought we did a nice job containing Peyton Snell. We limited him to three shots in the entire game. After we tied it up it was just a typical M-W, P-H game. It was a battle of the midfield where we see sawed back and forth," said M-W Coach Ryan Robinson.
"It was a good game for Parishville to conclude their season, they had a great year. I feel bad for their seniors because they have been waiting for this opportunity to play for a sectional title and due to COVID it’s not going to happen. I thought Matthew Robinson did a great job in the middle and Logan Cordova moved into the sweeper position and had a huge impact. We have to prepare for our season finale against Canton on Saturday and it was great to play in a game like this."
PARISHVILLE-HOPKINTON 5 - MADRID-WADDINGTON 1
Kaitlin Kirk scored three goals with one assist for the 8-2-1 Panthers who opened a 5-0 lead before Grace Plumley scored the lone M-W (2-7-0) goal off an assist from Laney Tiernan. Kelly Bloom and Kiley Kirk each delivered one goal and one assist to back the goaltending combination of Kelsey Farnsworth and Alexis Bond who fashioned four saves.
Caleigh Burke stopped 12 shots for M-W.