Morristown, Hammond, H-D Girls Post Wins
Morristown and Hermon-DeKalb won their NAC West Division openers while Hammond registered a second straight high-scoring win in Friday's Girls Soccer action.
Morristown downed Lisbon 1-0, H-D shaded Edwards-Knox 3-2 and Hammond raced past South Jefferson 7-2 in the first round of the Harrisville Tournament.
Hammond will play General Brown, an 8-0 winner over Harrisville, in Saturday's championship game.
In the Harrisville Boys Soccer Tournament the host Pirates gained a 5-1 NAC west win over Edwards-Knox and Salmon River blanked Watertown IHC 2-0.
Morristown (1-1-1) will host Hammond (2-0) on Monday with matching 1-0 division records.
Morristown 1 - Lisbon 0: Laurell Vinch scored her first varsity goal 1:45 into the game one-timing a pass from Carly Piercey who had broken free on a run down the right wing.
"It was a tough game. We were feeling the effects of some injuries from two games at the OFA Tournament," said Lisbon Coach Taylor Abar.
"We made a defensive mistake early in the game and they capitalized. Morristown played well. Alexa McKee had another strong game in the midfield for us."
Emma Showers turned in a very active 13-save efforts to gain the shutout over Lisbon (2-1, 0-1 NAC West) which opened the season by winning the OFA Tournament. Abby Flack handled seven shots in the Lisbon net.
"We talked in practice that we needed to do better job of marking offensive players and communicating on defense. And we did that tonight. Emily Jordan and Makayla Hyde do a great job of moving around the field so it was important to communicate. We also spoke about first touches and getting the ball outside," said Morristown Coach Chris Showers.
"Tonight we did that and it led to an early goal. Carly Piercey made a good run down the wing and sent a nice cross to the middle where Laurell Vinch one timed it in to the net. Hailey Ward has a few nice runs as well but just couldn’t convert."
"We knew in the second half that Lisbon was going to come at us. And they did. Alexa McKee and Rachel LaRock put constant pressure on us but our defense and Midfield played tough. Emma Showers had a solid game in net for us. She did a great job of getting to loose balls in the box. It’s a good win. Now we have to get ready for Hammond next week."
Hammond 7 - South Jefferson 2: Kelsey Bennett scored four goals in the second half as the Lady Devils followed up on a 6-1 win over Harrisville in their West Division opener. Avery Kenyon scored a goal in each half and Hailey Manning delivered one goal and one assist.
Hailey Cunningham assisted on two goals and Brooke Manning, Kylie Vaugh and Lilly Towne all added one assist to the offensive support of Alyia Crosby who stopped four shots in goal.
H-D 3 - E-K 2: The Green Demons overcame two penalty short goals by Abby Hart to present Coach Erin Green with a win in her first game at the H-D helm.
McKenna Smith scored on a long shot to give H-D a 1-0 halftime lead and Hanna Gollinger scored twice in the second half coverting off assists from Audria Tehonica and Smith.
Emery McQuade controlled 23 saves to backstop the win and Ali Matthews stopped seven shots for E-K which opened its season by winning the Colton-Pierrepont Tournament.
Harrisville Tournament Salmon River 2, IHC 0: Stone Chubb and Tim Cook scored off assists from Charles Leduc and Clayton Jones in the first half for Salmon River which outshot Watertown IHC 35-7.
John Miller stopped three shots for the shutout and Andrew Ranger fielded 13 shots for IHC.