Rockets Tie, Lose In Close Finales Vs Harrisville
Updated: Oct 24, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
Morristown Central's Varsity Soccer teams completed their regular seasons with NAC West matchups against Harrisville.
Playing at home on Senior Day Lady Rocket coaches Chris Sherwin and Stan Piercey and the school district honored the team's lone senior in Anna Stout who rendered an outstanding performance in the defensive backfield during a 0-0 double overtime tie. Stout provided several clutch clears and also led several rushes outfield.
"We honored our only senior Anna Stout tonight and she played very well. When she plays at that level we are a different team," said Morristown Coach Chris Showers.
In Harrisville, the second place Pirates prevailed 3-2 gaining their second one-goal win of the season over Morristown.
Both games offered a preview for the first round action in Section 10 Class D Boys and Girls Soccer which are scheduled to begin on Saturday.
In other Girls Soccer action Norwood-Norfolk edged Colton-Pierrepont 2-1 in an NAC East game and Potsdam edged Gouverneur 2-1 to claim sole control of the NAC Central Division championship. In one other boys soccer game Massena took a 1-0 win over Potsdam.
Morristown 0 - Harrisville 0: Morristown's Emma Showers stopped 11 shots and Harrisville's Megan Mackinson finished with 12 saves in a game where both teams were able to mount threats from the wing and down the middle.
Showers came up with the biggest save of the game with nine minutes to play in regulation stopping a close range unimpeded shot and the rebound created a wild scramble where defenders Kassidy Sullivan and Anna Stout both blocked point blank shots and halfback Hailey Ward cleared the ball from the threshold of the goal line.
Riding the wind in the first half Morristown (2-8-2, 4-9-3) created several threats with runs down the right wing by Carly Piercey but the Harrisville (4-6-2, 4-8-3) defense hung tough and prevented any dangerous crosses. The ball-hawking trio of Torie and Harlee Moore and Myah Bennett led the Pirates' encroachments with the wind in the second half.
Morristown also threatened with long shots which were held up by the wind and forced the Harrisville keeper to control the ball cleanly as Karrisa Donnelly and Mia Johnson crashed the net. In the final minute Emilee Gagnon gained some brief separation along the baseline but a Harrisville defender was able to push the ball out of play near the goal.
"It was a windy day and both teams just couldn’t punch one in. We had plenty of opportunities in the first half. We did a good job getting the ball outside and but just couldn’t finish. Our midfield play wasn’t the best but they battled. Hailey Ward has really come on in the last couple games. And in the second half she made a game saving play clearing a ball that was going in the net in a scramble," said MCS Coach Chris Showers.
"Emma Showers had another good game in net. She’s been consistently getting better in the last couple weeks. I’m not sure who we are going draw on Saturday but I know it will be on the road. I give credit to Harrisville. They play well and do a good job of moving ball. Those Moore girls really get after it. And as a coach it was nice to see Hannah LaPlatney back on the field. She was a tremendous goalkeeper last year and suffered a knee injury last winter. Anytime an athlete comes back from that it’s pretty awesome."
N-N 2 - C-P 1: Anna Nelson scored from Jessica Bullock breaking a 1-1 tie with nine minutes remaining in the second half. All of the scoring took place in the second half where KJ Belmore gave N-N (7-5-2, 8-5-2) a 1-0 lead and Abeni Payne answered for C-P (4-10, 5-11) off a pass from Amber Erwin.
Shelby Vallance made eight saves for N-N and Natalie Butterfield of C-P finished with six stops.
Potsdam 2 - Gouverneur 1: The 10-1-3 Stoners clinched the Central Division title on the final day of a race filled with close games. Luca Pecora scored in the first half for Potsdam, Kennedy Emerson tallied the game-winner in the second half and Taylor Benda stopped nine shots in goal.
Tori Saliburry scored the lone Gouverneur (9-2-3 Central) goal and Shacoria Jackson finished with five saves in goal.
Harrisville 3 - Morristown 2: Nolan Parrow scored two second half goals for the Pirates (8-4-0 West, 10-5-1) who gained momentum for the Section 10 Tournament. Morristown opened the scoring on a Jonathan Leeson goal at 22:31 of the first half and Ryan Spencer tied it off an assist from Matt Allen with 5:32 remaining in the half.
Parrow gave Harrisville a 3-1 lead with an unassisted goal and and goal set up by Adam Sczlamzynski. Tristan Simmons revived the Morristown hopes with an unassisted goal with 2:41 to play. Nate Woodward finished with three saves for Harrisville and Kade Marshall handled nine shots for Morristown (5-7-0 West, 8-7-0) which will host a first round game Sa.