OFA, Lisbon To Play For Cring Tournament Title
BY DAVE SHEA
Host OFA and neighboring Lisbon have played a series of outstanding championship games in the history of the Gerry Cring Memorial Tournament.
The two teams set the stage for another dramatic matchup on Friday night with first round shutout victories. Lisbon patiently advanced past Homer 2-0 with two second half goals and OFA netted its first two shots and posted a 3-0 victory over Brushton-Moira with three first half goals.
"It should be a good game with Lisbon. They beat us in a scrimmage on Tuesday. We all know what a strong team they are," said OFA Coach Matt Morley.
"Karson LaRose, Connor Griffith and Gregg Mallott all scored nice goals tonight and our defense and goaltender Trent Lovely were all solid against a Brushton-Moira team which did some nice things and played very hard despite having very few subs. Keighan Sias stepped in for Nolan O'Donnell who is injured at stopper and Greg Mallott, Aidan LaFlair and Logan Horton all played well in the back. Gregg is the only member of the group who had played varsity soccer before tonight."
TheDevils and Golden Knights will meet for the title at 8 p.m. after B-M and Homer meet in the consolation game a 6 p.m. The junior varsity title will be decided at 4 p.m. with OFA squaring off with Chateaugay. The Devil JV's blanked B-M 7-0 and Chateaugay outscored Madrid-Waddington 5-3.
OFA 3 - B-M 0: Karson LaRose opened the scoring in startling fashion sniping home quick shot after stealing the ball from a defender in the third minute. Five minutes later Connor Griffith rifled a shot past a diving attempt by keeper Ed Collins after taking a diagonal through pass from Kam Johnson.
Mallott moved up from the defensive zone to score the third goal converting in a scramble on a corner kick. Lovely handled 13 shots, with a penalty kick stop, to gain a shutout in his first varsity start in goal and Collins finished with 13 saves for B-M.
"It was a good way to open the season. Connor Smith showed excellent speed up front for us. He is player who can play anywhere on the field and Holden Woods and Connor Griffith were very active in the midfield." said Morley.
"Their number seven (Kalub Langdon) was a dangerous player."
Lisbon 2 - Homer 0: The Golden Knights broke through a determined Trojan defense, anchored by goaltender Zander Johnson's 17 saves, with 32:40 and 29:27 remaining in the game. Jackson LaRock netted the game-winner with a hard shot off a pass after a quick run by Miles Gendebien and Ben LaRock moved up from his sweeper position to drive the ball into the net after Johnson was knocked to the turf after a collision in the heavy traffic around the goalmouth.
Hayden McBath stopped one shot to gain the shutout for Lisbon which finished with a 19-1 edge in shots on goal.
"We didn't score in the first half but we really moved the ball well the whole game. They were a young team but they played hard and their goalie made some great saves. Teaghan Jordan's header off a Karter Jordan corner kick was in the net but he (Johnson) blocked it," said Lisbon Coach Dicky Marcellus.
"Karter did a great job on his corners. We could have scored on every one of them. Jackson LaRock really distributed the ball wellin the midfield and Ben LaRock played very well at sweeper breaking up their best threats.
In other tournament action on Friday host Colton-Pierrepont and Edwards-Knox moved into the championship game of the Tim Hennessy-Rod Thomas Memorial Tournament today. C-P blanked St. Regis Falls 5-0 in an NAC East matchup and E-K blanked Morristown 3-0 in an NAC West matchup.
In other Boys Soccer tournaments Beekmantown downed Canton 4-1 in the consolation game of the Chazy Tournament and Northeastern Clinton won its own tournament blanking Chateaugay 3-0. In nonleague games General Brown bested Salmon River 5-1, Watertown stopped Massena 5-0 and Peru shaded Malone 1-0
In Girls soccer action Madrid-Waddington and Harrisville played to a 1-1 nonleague tie and host Potsdam and Gouverneur advanced into the Girls Championship Game of the John Jeffers Tournament. Potsdam blanked St. Lawrence Central 4-0 and Gouverneur cruised past Salmon River 5-0.
In other games Peru downed Chateaugay 5-1 and Northeastern Clinton downed Malone 3-1.
C-P Hennessy-Thomas Tourney
E-K 3 - Morristown 0: "We had our first “home” league game at Swift Field in the Colton Pierrepont tournament. We play Colton-Pierrepont in the finals which will be tough because we have low numbers but it will be good to play back to back because we have to do it later in the season," said E-K Coach John Davison.
The Cougars scored twice in the first half. Nolan Brandon converted a throughball from winger Thorn VanBrocklin with a one touch strike in the upper part of the net for the eventual game-winner. Tyler Scott tallied the second goal turning on pass from Connor Snell and driving a 25-yard shot which bounded off a Morristown player and redirected into the net.
Scott scored his second goal with a shot along the ground a one-on-one against Morristown goalie Kade Marshall (11 saves) after a through ball from Mason White created the opportunity.
Cooper Mackay made seven saves in the shutout win.
C-P 5 - St. Regis 0: Cody Francis scored two first half goals for the Colts and Tim Farns produced two goals and two assists in the game. Nate Lemieux also scored and Aiden Knight and Tom Garvin passed out assists in support of Harlee Besio's three-save shutout.
Blake Mulverhill handled 15 saves for St. Regis Falls.
NAC Central League opponents in host Potsdam and Gouverneur will meet for the Girls Championship of the John Jeffers Memorial Soccer Potsdam after scoring shutout wins on Friday.
Potsdam 4 - SLC 0: Potsdam received goals from Luca Pecora, Sophia Janoyan, Natalie Cowan and Kennedy Emerson. Taylor Benda handled four saves in the shutout.
Gouverneur 5 - SR 0: Breena Drake, Torie Salisbury, Taylor Hance, Verena Turnwald and Marina Wood all scored for Gouverneur and Lanie Smith passed out two assists.
Shacoria Jackson tended the shutout with a save and Yenastanunha Thompson made 17 stops for SR.
M-W 1 - Harrisville 1: Harrisville scored in the final minute of regulation to gain a draw with the Yellow Jackets. Lydia Thomas scored 10 minutes into the second half for M-W and Emma Martin made 10 saves.
Harrisvile's keeper made six saves.