NAC West Rivals To Meet For Class D Soccer Titles
BY DAVE SHEA
It will be an All NAC West doubleheader on Tuesday as the 2019 Section 10 Class D Soccer titles are decided at Potsdam High School.
In the Girls game at 5 p.m. top seeded Hammond (17-1-0) will meet second seeded Edwards-Knox (11-4-1). The number four state ranked Red Devils advanced with a 3-1 win over fourth seeded Parishville-Hopkinton (10-8-0) and number three E-K moved into the finals with a 2-0 win over number six Harrisville.
Hammond downed E-K twice marching to a 12-0 NAC West title.
Lisbon (18-0) and Harrisville (13-4-1) meet for the Boys title at 7 p.m. with Lisbon looking to follow up on two 1-0 wins, one in overtime, during the West Division season.
Top seeded and undefeated Lisbon earned a 1-0 victory over fifth seeded Colton-Pierrepont in overtime while third seeded Harrisville dropped number two Parishville-Hopkinton (12-2-2) 2-0.
Hammond 3 - P-H 1: Following up a natural hat trick in the second half of Wednesday's 5-1 quarter-final win over Colton-Pierrepont, senior striker Kelsey Bennett scored all three Hammond goals giving her seven goals in the past two games.
Bennett converted off two corner kicks by Avery Kenyon in the first half and scored from Hailee Manning in the second half as the Devils ended P-H defense of last year's title.
Harley Ellis scored the only P-H goal from Kaitlyn Kirk and Red Devil keeper Alyvia Crosby prevented any last ditch comeback by the Panthers by making the best of her four saves with just over two minutes remaining.
Brenna Woods made 12 saves for P-H.
"The girls played pretty good tonight. But I still feel better soccer is ahead of us. Parishville-Hopkinton is a very good team. Well coached. Very disciplined. Coach Harper has always put out well coached soccer teams. He has done an amazing job at PH," said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack.
"Heading into Tuesday’s game with EK we will have to continue to be very alert and aware throughout the game. EK is very well coached. And what happened earlier in the season means nothing."
E-K 2 - Harrisville 0: Abby Hart scored a goal in each half as the Cougars advanced past upset minded Harrisville which progressed from the quarter-finals by winning a shootout over second seeded Chateaugay.
"Harrisville really played hard and even though we led 1-0 at the half we didn't play very well. I told the girls at halftime that they had to step up and go to the ball harder if they wanted to win," said E-K Coach Patty Taylor.
"Hammond is an outstanding team and we have to play two strong halves against them to compete. We have to do that and see what happens and anything can happen."
Abby Hart scored from Macey White with 8:20 remaining first half and Hart netted an unassisted goal in the third minute of the second half.
Alicia Matthews made four saves for E-K and Megan Kackinson stopped 12 shots for Harrisville.
Lisbon 1 - Colton-Pierrepont 0 OT: The Golden Knights got their "golden goal" three minutes into the first overtime when halfback Jack LaRock scored in a scramble to lift Lisbon past C-P which is coached by Bill Reed who coached several championship teams Lisbon in 18 years.
"This was a very tough game. We moved the ball well against them but they defended very well, they had a good game plan and their goalie Aiden Knight is as good as there is in our section. Losing the Lemieux boy to an injury was tough for them. I coached with Billy Reed for a long time and he is as a good coach as there is. It so tough to win the Class D title in Section 10, now we have to go up Harrisville led by Rick Bearor who is in the hall of fame," said Lisbon Coach Dick Marcellus.
"Our defense very disciplined tonight. Ben LaRock, Teagan Jordan, Jayden Carr and Greg Wood did a very nice job. They have been so solid all season and we will need that again against Harrisville. It is tough to beat a good team three times."
LaRock's overtime game winner came on a shot from 18 yards just inside the left goal post after Chase Jacobs controlled a deflected direct kick from midfield by defender Greg Wood and relayed the ball to Jack LaRock.
Aiden Knight finished with 15 saves and Haydn McBath handled three shots to record his 12th shutout of the season for Lisbon.
Harrisville 2 - P-H 0: Ryan Spencer scored the first goal with an assist from Nolan Parow in the first half. Nolan Parow scored the final goal with an assist from Adam Szlamczynski Nate Woodward had 10 saves as Harrisville contained the Panthers' high-scoring offense.
and Caleb Knowles had seven saves for PH.