M-W Sr Boys Enjoy Memorable Game; Heuvelton Wins
BY DAVE SHEA
Madrid-Waddington and Lisbon geared up for key games with high-scoring wins in Monday's NAC Boys Soccer action.
Madrid-Waddington (11-1-0) downed Norwood-Norfolk (3-4-1) 6-1 and will complete season at 10-0-0 Parishville-Hopkinton in the second showdown of the season between the NAC East leaders and archrivals. P-H's game with St. Lawrence Central was cancelled.
Heuvelton (5-2-2) downed Morristown (3-4-0) 7-1 and will face archrival 5-0 Lisbon making its return from a two-week quarantine for the match of NAC West on Thursday.
M-W SENIORS WIN FINAL HOME GAME
With the shadow of COVID-19 closing out the seasons of several schools the Madrid-Waddington seniors concentrated on the opportunity to win the final home games of their careers.
"It was a good game for our seniors tonight to play their last home game. All of our seniors tonight either scored a goal or figured in on a goal. We had a chance to see some senior leadership and insight to what the future holds," said M-W Coach Ryan Robinson.
"As of right now, we have two days to prepare for Parishville and hopefully we get our shot to play on Thursday.
Graham Hill opened the scoring at 31:35 assisted by senior Kyle Stoner.
"Graham Hill finally was healthy tonight to give us some quality minutes. He scored at 31:35 assisted by senior Kyle Stoner. We controlled the game but Norwood’s Ace Jenkins broke free down the right sideline and buried a 1vs1 with Jacob Morgan," said Coach Robinson.
Less than two minutes later Logan Cordova buried a long 25-yard shot assisted by Brody VanBuren who followed up with a through ball to sophomore Kaden Kingston who finished the scoring chance and created a 3-1 halftime lead.
Ethan Bailey scored six minutes with a great shot off a Matt Robinson through ball. Seniors Brody VanBuren from Kyle Stoner produced M-W's fifth goal and Bailey returned a favor setting up Matt Robinson to create a 6-1 score with 16:39.
Jacob Morgan had three saves for M-W and N-N's Nate Dominy finished with 12 stops.
"The second half was all about a senior, Ethan Bailey, who has had to sit and wait for his number to be called in his senior year. He is the smallest player in the team but just knows where to be and the play he has to make. Ethan played all over tonight for us, he played center half back in the first half, moved back to left full back and scored and assisted back to the offense in the second. He was a great role model to the underclass men tonight and just plays as hard as he can and does what you ask. Never complains, makes excuses or dwells on mistakes." said Coach Robinson.
HEUVELTON 7 - MORRISTOWN 1
Heuvelton received a boost of energy and inspiration from two players returning from a COVID-19 while Morristown, which has played the entire season with 12 players, struggled with two starters in goaltender Kade Marshall and midfielder Javen Joanette sitting out in a quarantine that expired at midnight on Monday.
Braeden Free scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 14th minute and passed out two assists.
"Getting some guys back today was a big lift and Braeden Free and came and just played with great energy and really helped get us going," said Heuvelton Coach Bruce Durant.
"Morristown has a young team and it was tough for them to have a couple of starters out. They have a great player in Tristan Simmons and we did a good job defending him and controlling the action but he scored on a great shot."
Simmons produced Morristown's only goal in the eighth minute of the second half blasting a hard shot which Heuvelton keeper Tristan Young blocked and then controlling the rebound and lacing it into the net.
Brandon Pray showed the same type of finishing ability for Heuvelton scoring three goals in the second half. Drew Demers, Cole Rickett and Evan Felt all scored single goals for Bulldogs and Jordan Sawyer, Dustin Dodd and Hayden Knauf all supplied assists for Young's four-save goaltending.
Sophomore Macaulay Ritchie stepped between the pipes for the first time ever for Morristown, faced 30 shots and made several outstanding stops in a 16-save effort. Coach Glen Colby also called up three players from the modified team for the game.
"With seven guys out because of a quarantine we have had several guys step up in the last few games. Brandon Pray has really done a great job. He got a chance to show how he can shoot the ball and he is scoring goals," said Coach Durant.
"The guys are excited to get everyone back and getting a chance to play a very good Lisbon again. It is very important and I just hope we get the chance to complete our season."