Voorheesville's 1 Goal Ends M-W's Brilliant Season
BY DAVE SHEA
POTSDAM - Goaltender Ryan Beardsley played an active role in the pretty passing game which Section 2 Champion Voorheesville unfolded in Saturday's Capital Region Class C Championship game against Section 10 Champion Madrid-Waddington at Clarkson University.
He handled any number play backs from his defense and flawlessly played the ball up the wings for the Black Birds who prevailed 1-0 on the strength of an unassisted goal by striker Shaun Turnbull in the seventh minute of the game.
The victory advanced the 19-1-0 Black Birds into the New York State Final Four at Middletown next weekend.
While maintaining a possession advantage Voorheesville needed a brilliant World Cup worthy full extension diving save by Beardsley with 20 minutes to play to protect the margin.
The save denied Matt Robinson who stepped into the play back of a deflected direct kick and one-timed a rising shot headed for the left side of the net.
"Our defense weathered their offense that generated 110 goals in the season and showed why we only gave up nine .We played much better in the second half after we made some adjustments. We had good pressure for about 20 minutes midway through the second half," saud M-W Coach Ryan Robinson.
"The missed opportunity came when Matthew (Robinson) hit that half volley that was definitely going in. Their keeper Ryan Beardsley made a world class save. If that goes in momentum changes for sure."
The Jackets (14-4-1) did alter the flow of momentum of the first half where the Black Birds used classy buildups to create scoring chances off deep dangerous crosses. But aided by some outstanding saves by goalie Trent Lashua they were limited to a goal by Turnbull who made a quick move into an open space and took a shot along the ground which tucked inside the right goal post.
"Today’s game came down to a common number that has plagued us all year. The number one. We lost to Malone early in the year by one goal. We lost to Colton-Pierrepont by one goal and to Parishville-Hopkinton by one goal. We lost the division title by one point. Today we lost by one goal. Today’s game hinged one mistake and one missed opportunity. We gave Shaun Trumbull one step too much and lost him for one second and it cost us. said Coach Robinson.
"I’m so proud of how my team played today. We had a great game plan and we worked it perfect. We just didn’t transition to offense quick enough. We were “one” step off and behind. We knew we had to contain number 6 Jack Wittman and number 10 Shaun Turmbull. We knew their offense is run through those two guys. Brennan Harmer and Matt Robinson just did an amazing job of keeping those guys checked in the middle and our first year goalie Trent Lashua stepped into a big game like this and couldn't have played better."
The Jackets also came very close to a tying goal with 6:30 to play when Robinson made a run across the field and sent a through pass to John McCall for a close range but sharp angle shot which Beardsley steered away from the near post.
"Madrid-Waddington made some good adjustments for the second half. This was a great game between two very good teams. Ryan made a tremendous save but he has done that all year," said Voorheesville Coach Willie Sanchez.
"We play in the Colonial Conference which is a very tough league. We are one of only two Class C teams in the league which has Class B and Class A Schools."
M-W finished with an 8-7 margin in shots and Beardsley made three saves in the shutout. Lashua stopped five shots with a series of close range saves."
"We knew we had to play hard face to face defense if they got through our outside zone trap. We can’t hang our heads, we had a great season. We got Gabe Murphy back from a dislocated shoulder and Brennan Harmer back what should have been a season ending back injury," said Coach Robinson.
"John McCall has been plagued all post season with a back injury but played the best he could today. We lose 10 seniors but the guys we moved up got invaluable experience. They will be back next year ready to step up."