Morristown, Hammond, H-D Advance To Meet Top Seeds
Updated: Oct 29, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
Morristown, Hammonds and Hermon-DeKalb took different routes on Saturday to advance to the Class D quarter-finals of the Section 10 Boys Soccer Tournament on Oct. 29 on a day when playoff passion matched the incandescent beauty of the fall foiliage.
Playing before large crowds Morristown outscored Heuvelton 5-2 to move into a meeting with third seeded Harrisville, Hammond downed Edwards-Knox 2-1 in overtime to move into a meeting with top-seeded Lisbon and H-D spotted St. Regis Falls 1-0 lead and then rolled to 4-1 victory.
Morristown 5 - Heuvelton 2: The Rockets took a 3-0 halftime lead and lifted it to 4-0 with the first goal of the second half. Two goals by HCS's lone senior, Gavin Barney, cut difference to 4-2 and Hector Mendez answered the Bulldogs' comeback attempt with the fifth Rocket goal.
Mendez teammed with Tristan Simmons and Aaron Woodcock to spark a Morristown surge 10 minutes into the game.
A surge which produced three goals and Simmons connected twice.
Simmons scored the first goal of the game redirecting a centering from Aaron Woodcock into the lower right hand corner of the net. On the second goal Simmons took a pass down the right sideline from Ashton Colby, broke in on goal and drove a point blank shot off goaltender Jed Crayford which rolled into the net.
"We started well but had a lull and Morristown capitalized. Those were good shots and it takes a good shot to beat Jed Crayford," said Heuvelton Coach Bruce Durrant.
"We are a young team and return everyone except for Gavin Barney. We had great support this season and we are very thankful."
Aaron Woodcock upped the margin to 3-0 and his brother, sweeper Cael Woodcock, ranged from sideline to breaking up Heuvelton attempts to counter attack with quick outlet passes.
Barney scored Heuvelton's first goal off a cross from Evan Felt and scored the second unassisted. Mendez closed out the scoring and the offensive support for goaltender Kade Marshall who was very proactive on crosses and corner kicks and delivered long punts throughout the contest.
Crayford stopped 12 shots in the Heuvelton goal.
Hammond 2 - E-K 1: Randy Durham and Aaron McCarty combined on both goals for the Devils who netted a "Golden Goal" 14:40 into sudden victory overtime. Durham scored the first goal of the game off a cross from McCarty 10 minutes into the game and E-K answered with an Avery Whitford goal assisted by Tyler Scott through pass.
The game-winning sequence started with Mark Durham blocking a clearing attempt and heading the ball to Randy Durham who used a header to relay the ball to McCarty perched near the far goalpost.
"Mark Durham was called up from our modified squad and he made a nice play. Zach Washburn also came up from the modified and he went in today and played very well in the back," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland
Lukas McQueer stopped 10 shots for Hammond and Cooper Mackay handled eight shots for E-K.
"We played pretty well today when we play Lisbon our midfield has to come up stronger to the ball. Our midfield of Dawson Simons, Logan Tate and Brandon LaRock is very good and they will have to be very active and pressure the ball," said Coach Toland.
"Our second game with them was 1-0 so we are going in looking to do the job."
H-D 4 - St. Regis Falls 1: Roger Hartson buried a direct kick for St. Regis 13:19 into the game and the Demons regrouped to take control led by Peyton Hamilton who delivered a natural hat trick in a 14-minute span with the second and third goals coming 36 seconds apart.
"Peyton is an outstanding player. We tend to make things difficult for ourselves but we got the win. We have to really play well against Harrisville," said H-D Coach Marty Amo.
"We lost 4-0 and 3-0 but the shots were fairly even. We have to play good defense."
Hamilton scored from Kevin Joj at 18:06 and netted unassisted goals at 42:05 and 32:41. Joj closed out the scoring with a penalty shot at 37:19 for H-D which gained a 19-8 advantage in shots at goal.
Andrew Mathews stopped three shots in the H-D goal and Blake Mulverhill finished with 11 saves for St. Regis Falls.
SECTION 10 BOYS SOCCER
Class D Quarter-Finals
Tuesday 3 p.m. starts: Morristown at (2) Parishville-Hopkinton, Hermon-DeKalb at (#3) Harrisville, (5) Colton-Pierrepont vs (4) Chateaugay, Hammond at (#1) Lisbon 3 p.m.
Class A Championship
Wednesday 3 p.m : (2) Massena vs (1) Malone at 3 p.m. at Potsdam High School.
Class B Semifinals
Wednesday 3 p.m. starts: (4) Potsdam at (1) OFA, (3) Canton at (2) Salmon River
Class C Semi-Finals
Tuesday 3 p.m.: (4) Norwood-Norfolk at (#1) Madrid-Waddington, (3) St Lawrence at (2) Brushton-Moira 3:00.
CLASS C CHAMPIONS
Friday: Semifinal Winners at SUNY Potsdam at 7 p.m.
Class B Championship
Saturday: Semifinal Winner at SUNY Potsdam at 3 p.m.
Class D Quarterfinals - Potsdam HS
Saturday: Morr-PH winner vs HD-Harrisville winner at 5 pm., CP-Chateaugay winner vs EK-Lis-Hamm winner 7 p.m. at Potsdam High School
Class D Championship
Tuesday: Semi-Final winners meet-Potsdam High School at 6:45 p.m.