SLC Hosts Off M-W Girls; C-P, Chateaugay Win
BY DAVE SHEA
MADRID - Two young teams met at Madrid-Waddington on Saturday morning as the NAC East Girls Soccer began.
Both the host Yellowjackets and visiting St. Lawrence gain valuable experience in the course of the game where SLC prevailed 2-1 on the strength of two unassisted first half goals four minutes apart. The NAC East openers went to Colton-Pierrepont and Parishville-Hopkinton.
M-W also gained experience at playing in the gusting winds which approached gale proportions and shifted directions at different times.
"We knew that the wind would be a major factor so took it in the the first half. We have a lot of sophomores this year and we lost a lot to graduation," said SLC Coach Jenna Chamberlain who was a standout athlete at M-W in her school days.
"It is always nice to get a win on this field and it was a nice win for the girls. They did a good job in the wind."
Chantel McCarthy scored the winning goal for the Larries and Rylee Daoust opened the scoring. M-W generated a series threats in the second half with sprint standout Hailee Blair running onto the lead passes on the wing. They broke through with 10 minutes to play when Grace Plumley converted a setup from Blair to score from close range.
M-W Justin Richards of his young team, with only one senior in Chloe Tiernan, which got even younger when six players had to be called up from the JV team to cope with injuries.
"We had to call up JVs just to play today and overall the girls played pretty well. They scored their first goal in a scrum and the wind was just brutal," said Coach Richards.
"But we worked hard and Grace Plumley and Hailee Blair really worked well together. It was a tough game but it was so good to have the kids out playing. SLC has a good team with some quick players."
Hannah Agans made four saves as the last line of defense in the victory and Alaina Armstrong finished with three saves for M-W. Colton-Pierrepont 2, Parishville-Hopkinton 0: The Lady Colts opened their season with a victory over the highly-regarded neighboring rival Panthers. Kendall LaMora stopped five shots to post the shutout and cap a stellar team effort. Kelsey Farnsworth hand nine saves for P-H and Alexis Bond was not called upon to make a save.
Abeni Payne set up Kaitlyn Houston for the first goal with 15 minutes remaining in the first half and then connected from Morgan Cole with 15 remaining in the second half.
"We have a good mix of youth and experience throughout the roster of 18. It was nice to get back on the field this fall and get a win today in our first game. I have been stressing to the girls about how we need to work hard every day and be thankful for every day that we have on the soccer field whether it be in practices or games," said C-P Coach Craig Bogart.
"Alexus Cuthbert and Abeni Payne are our two seniors and they will have to be the glue that keeps us together and we have several players from the junior class all the way down to eighth grade who are going to have a tremendous impact on this team."
Chateaugay 5 - Tupper Lake 1: The Bulldogs broke away from a 1-0 halftime lead as Chloe Champagne scored two unassisted goals and Olivia Cook netted her second goal of the game unassisted. Cook also connected for the only goal of the first half from Champagne.
Elizabeth Stalhammer scored the lone Tupper Lake goal in the second half from Sam Higgins.
Emma Staples stopped three shots for Chateaugay and Libby Gillis handled 10 shots for Tupper Lake.
"What a great game in Chateaugay, What a great day and a great way to honor our seniors: Chloe Champagne , Cammi Champagne , Jordyn Holbrook, Emily Boadway, Rachael Jarvis, and Emma Staples. Really happy how we came out and controlled the tempo of the game. we used our speed and passing ability to take control early. Our kids off the bench came in and gave us valuable minutes," said Chateaugay Coach Jason LaPlante.
"Chloe Champagne And Kylie Peterson were all over the field today. Cammi Champagne did a great job up front, and Jordyn (Holbrook) did a really great job playing the stopper position for the first time, with confidence. Kate Bleakly played solid in the back. Olivia Cook had some really impressive finishes. It was really nice to see kids out playing soccer, this is what we need."!