POTSDAM - Host Potsdam Central outlasted St. Lawrence Central 2-1 in overtime while Madrid-Waddington outscored Colton-Pierrepont 3-0 in the first round of the annual John Jeffers Memorial Girls Soccer Tournament on Thursday.
Both the consolation and championship games are slated for Saturday at 9 a.m. with Potsdam and M-W meeting to decide top honors on the turf field while C-P and SLC square off on the former varsity field.
Potsdam 2, SLC 1 (OT): Give St. Lawrence credit. They played hard the whole game and they took advantage when they had the opportunity late in the game. Our girls showed some good composure coming back the way they did and thats a good sign, said coach Joe Stark after the Lady Sandstoners earned a chance to maintain their longstanding grip on the tournament title.
Freshman Kalie Grant opened the scoring for Potsdam with 4:50 left in the first half, relaying a lead pass up the center of the field from junior Ally Miller into a breakaway goal.
Unable to expand on their lead despite generating steady offensive pressure through the second half, the Lady Sandstoners found themselves heading into overtime after senior Samantha Richards directed a corner kick by junior Lindsey Thayer into the back of the net with three minutes left in regulation.
The teams then went to overtime where junior Abby Gruneisen produced the eventual game-winner midway through the first five-minute OT, converting on a penalty kick awarded to the Lady Sandstoners when one of their players drew a hard foul while making a move toward goal.
Sophomore Bre Sapp handled the six shots he faced backstopping the shutout while freshman Haleigh Agans notched 14 saves working the SLC crease.
M-W 3, C-P 0: In the tournament opener, the Lady Yellowjackets took control of what was otherwise a close game when they scored all three of their goals during a span of 2:45 midway through the first half. Blake Orosz sparked the decisive outburst at the 18:45 mark after finishing off a play set up by Mary Young and Taylor Lenney. Lenney made it 2-0 1:59 later off an assist from Katie Marcellus before Kaleigh Field capped the surge with an unassisted goal at 21:20.
Shelby Kendall had five saves tending the shutout while Kathryn Miller fielded eight shots for the Lady Colts.
CHATEAUGAY ROUTS HAMMOND
In an interdivisional varsity girls soccer game played under the light of Massenas Mike Nicholas Field, Chateaugay steadily pulled away to a 7-0 win over Hammond.
Senior Courtney Boyea led the winning attack with two goals and three assists as the Lady Bulldogs ran out to a 4-0 halftime lead. Alexis Beach tallied two goals. Hannah Cook chipped in a goal and two assists while Katie Beach finished with a goal and assist and Stephanie Whyte logged a solo helper.
Makayla Fleury had two saves and Holly Zeldenrust posted another three sharing shutout honors for the Lady Bulldogs. Kassi Whalen stopped 12 shots in the losing cause.
Chateaugay returns to action on Saturday against Heuvelton at the SUNY Potsdam turf field starting at 5 p.m. in the first game of a soccer twinbill that will end with the boys teams facing each other at 7 p.m.