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Morristown, Lisbon Girls Tie 1-1: E-K Downs H-D

BY DAVE SHEA

MORRISTOWN - Morristown hosted Lisbon on Thursday to start the second half of the NAC West Girls Soccer season.

A lightning delay with nine minutes remaining in the first half left the teams without enough time for second delay with 3:25 to play in the first overtime and the game finished as a 1-1 tie. In other NAC West action Edwards-Knox blanked Hermon-DeKalb 2-0 and Hammond's game at Harrisville was postponed to Oct. 12.

The Golden Knights gained a 12-5 shots advantage and took a 1-0 lead in the first half with a pretty goal when Rachel LaRock chipped the ball to a wide open Makayla Hyde who drove a shot into the net.

The Rockets pulled even with 30:43 to play when Maddy Gagnon sifted her way through traffic to get free with for a sharp-ankle shot which found the back of the net.

"I thought we played pretty well and finished strong at the end of regulation. It is just too bad that we couldn't finish because we really wanted to go for a win for playoff points. We need any point we can get,," said Lisbon Coach Taylor Abar.

"Alexa McKee really worked hard in the middle today and it was great to have Karli Thompson back from injury. We able to spot her in today."

Lisbon returns to action by hosting Edwards-Knox on Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by a matchup with Heuvelton next week.

Abby Flack made five saves for Lisbon and Maddy Gagnon handled 12 shots in her first start in goal for Morristown. Her best save came in overtime with a leaping deflection.

"We finally played a real good half of soccer against Harrisville. We talked yesterday about keeping it going. And tonight we came out and played a solid game. We talked about no matter what happens or what the score is we have to keep “punching” away. We got down 1-0 to a very good team and for us to battle back is good to see," said Morristown Coach Chris Showers.

"Emily Gagnon made her first varsity start in goal and did a great job. We were able to get things going offensively off her big punts. Maddy Gagnon gave us a lot off energy off the bench on the left side and was able to put a tough angled shot past the keeper to tie it up for her first varsity goal. Kaley Dulmage played her best game of the year and really controlled the middle and we got great play out of our midfield. And Rylie Showers just continues to play strong at sweeper. She got to the goal line and cleared out a ball that was headed for the back of the net. Going forward we have to keep up this energy. We have a non league game at home on Saturday against St Regis and then we have Hammond on Monday."

E-K 2 - H-D 0: Lucy Frary and Abby Hart combined for a goal in both halves as the Cougars gained a win over the neighboring Green Demons. Frary scored from Hart at 26:43 of the first half and set up Hart for the insurance tally with 3:31 to play,

Ali Matthews stopped two shots to post the shutout.

In NAC East action Madrid-Waddington and Colton-Pierrepont were postponed, Brushton-Moira downed Parishville-Hopkinton 1-0, Chateaugay downed Norwood-Norfolk 1-0 in overtime and Tupper Lake downed St. Regis Falls 2-1.

Lisbon's Alexa McKee and Morrison's Kaley Dulmage run stride for stride chasing the ball in Thursday's game.

Lisbon's Karli Thompson plays the ball upfield past Morristown's Laurell Vinch.


Emily Jordan plays the ball into space for Lisbon in Thursday's game.


Lisbon's Eliza McLear and Morristown's Maddy Gagnon pursue the ball in Thursday's game. (Photo by Cassie LaRock)

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