M-W Steps Up Offense In Win Over Brushton-Moira
BY DAVE SHEA
MADRID - Madrid-Waddington Central missed a series of excellent scoring chances in the first half in Thursday's 2-0 NAC East Division Boys Soccer win over Brushton-Moira.
a positive development in a frustrating season in the finishing department for Yellowjackets who climbed to 7-2 in the East Division race and two points behind 8-1 Parishville-Hopkinton which will visit M-W next Friday.
"We have struggled to convert all season but today we really did a good job creating chances against a good Brushton-Moira team. Adam Britton is an excellent coach and they are improved over the first time we played them," said M-W Coach Ryan Robinson after the meeting of the division rivals who met in last season's Section 10 Class C Tournament.
"We still have to finish better but I was very pleased with the way the guys played today. We have a big league game at home next week against Parishville-Hopkinton. Right now another key for us is getting healthy, Brennan Harmer has been out for two weeks and we hope to get him back this season and Gabe Murphy was out today, Cade VanBuren played very well for Brennan in the middle today and Nick Burns and Lucas Ryan stepped into new positions. Kyle Stoner and Nick Beldock also played well."
The Jackets struck for the eventual winning goal just five minutes into game when John McCall slammed a shot past B-M (5-5 NAC East) keeper George Webb to complete a pretty give-and-give on sequence. The Jackets threatened to expand their lead but were thwarted by near misses and outstanding diving saves by Webb who finished with six saves and some precise recovery plays by sweeper Ajay Martin.
Brody VanBuren netted the insurance goal at 18:31 of the second half by driving the rebound of shot by John McCall into net. McCall took a clearing pass from Cade VanBuren down the left sideline and in on goal where Webb blocked his short range shot. Trent Lashua stopped four shots tending a shutout for M-W.
"The guys have really hung there. Brennan Harmer, last year's league defensive MVP, has been out and John McCall, one of our top scorers from last year, has struggled some. It was really good to see him get a goal today," said Coach Robinson.
In other NAC games of the night Parishville-Hopkinton maintained its division lead blanking St. Regis Falls 4-0, Chateaugay downed Colton-Pierrepont 3-0 and St. Lawrence Central downed Norwood-Norfolk 2-0.
P-H 4 - St. Regis Falls 0: The Panthers (8-1-0 NAC, 8-2-0) maintained their two-point lead over M-W in the NAC Central race with a shutout win where goaltender Caleb Knowles stopped seven saves in a shutout. Peyton Snell delivered two goals and one assist and Brandon Phippen opened the scoring. Tanner Rosenbacher and John Snell added assists.
SALMON RIVER WINS
In NAC Central Division action Salmon River downed Potsdam 2-1 in overtime and Canton and Massena played to a 1-1 tie.
Salmon River 2 - Potsdam 1 OT: Tim Cook junior netted a golden goal in he second overtime to lift the Shamrocks past the Stoners who received 15 saves from Hayden Herrick. Potsdam's Danner Dorothy scored the only goal of the first half from Romano Sergi and SR tied the score in the second half when Clayton Jones converted from Tim Cook Jr.
John Smith made five saves for SR.
"Kudos to my defenders after a nice first Potsdam goal. We had talked about a shift in our formation at practice yesterday. PJ Ghostlaw and Ethan Leduc mentioned lets try it after the goal. They both played great back there the rest of the way along with Zach Durant, Gavin Cook-Avery, and Conner Lewis. That allowed the guys up front to play their game. Another big win," said Salmon River Coach Tim Cook.