The host Massena Central varsity boys soccer team advanced to the title game of the annual Bill ONeill Memorial while Potsdam Central will look to salvage consolation honors after falling in the opening round of its annual John Jeffers Memorial in pre-season tournament action on Friday.
Massena 0, Salmon River 0 (Massena wins shootout 3-2): In a game that also served as the NAC Central Division opener for both squads at Mike Nicholas Field, the Raiders outshot the Shamrocks 10-3 through 80 minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of overtime but neither team was able to break the scoring plane until the shootout where Massena managed a 3-2 decision. The game will go down as a tie in the league standings but the Raiders earned a chance to play for the tourament title after outlasting the Shamrocks.
We had a lot of good chances but their goalie played an excellent game, said coach Pat Henrie. Were just happy to have a chance to play for the championship.
The Raiders will go up against Parishville-Hopkinton in the title game this evening at 7 p.m. at Nicholas Field. P-H advanced via a 2-1 decision over Hermon-DeKalb on the former varsity field. The consolation game between Salmon River and H-D is slated to kick-off at 5 p.m.
In the shootout win for Massena, David Phillips, Joey LaBelle and Dylan Stone scored goals while Austin Leroux and Tazz Oakes countered for the Shamrocks, who had a chance to force a second round of penalty kicks but saw their last shooter denied on a diving save by Raider netminder Ian Wilson.
Wilson had three saves over the course of the game to post the shutout while Zach Smith stood tall turning aside 10 shots to record the shutout for the Shamrocks.
P-H 2, H-D 1: On the former varsity field, the Panthers rallied from an early deficit for the win.
The Green Demons got on the board midway through the first half when Macauley Snell broke through the heart of the P-H defense to score a breakaway goal after taking a centering pass from Ryan Brown.
The Panthers pulled even 17 minutes into the second half on a goal by Ryan Snyder. Logan Johns completed the P-H comeback when he connected with 10 minutes left in regulation.
Parker Meashaw was called on to make five saves backstopping the win while Zach Robinson kept the game close with a stellar 18-save performance.
Franklin Academy 2, Potsdam 0: The host Sandstoners generated the majority of the shots and controlled the offensive tempo but the Huskies were the only team to produce any goals.
We had a lot of chances but we couldnt finish. Thats just the way it goes sometimes, said coach Al Benda following the game which also served as the Central Division opener for both squads.
FA will now get set to take on Madrid-Waddington in the tournament final today at 11 a.m. at the turf field. M-W advanced in similar fashion, posting a 2-0 NAC East Division win over Colton-Pierrepont despite being outshot. Potsdam and C-P will face each other in the consolation game on the former varsity field starting at 11 a.m.
After withstanding steady Potsdam pressure, the Huskies broke through for the only goal they would need when Isai Paredones converted on a pass from Kody Mulverhill with 3:36 left in the first half.
Aaron Sharlow added the insurance goal off an assist from Paredones with 9:19to go in regulation.
Ryan McDonald was credited with one save working the Sandstoner crease throught the first half. Ashler Herrick took over for the second half where he also recorded a solo stop. Austin LaMay handled the 14 shots he faced for the well-earned shutout.
M-W 2, C-P 0: The Yellowjackets got the only goal they would need late in the first half when Anthony Zeledon redirected a corner kick from the left wing to the top of the goalmouth by Kody Mulverhill into the back of the next with just over a minute remaining.
The Colts pressured for the equalizer from the start of the second half but either missed the mark or were thwarted by the goaltending efforts of T.J. Gagnon, who finished with eight saves in posting the shutout. Jacob Barney sealed the win with an unassisted goal on a shot from just outside the top of the penalty area with 14:36 left in regulation.
Craig Miller made four saves backstopping the Colts.
OFA CRING TOURNAMENT
At the Gerard Cring Tournament in Ogdensburg, host OFA dropped Norwood-Norfolk 5-0 and Canton beat Gouverneur 4-0.
OFA 5, N-N 0: Gian Rufa scored a pair of first half goals, on a hard short off a back pass from Matt Piercy and off a direct kick, for the Devils who scored four times in the first 20 minutes.
Piercey opened the scoring off a cross from Nate Peo and Peo converted the rebound of a shot by David Prudhomme.
Peo accounted for the lone goal of the second half by converting off Pierceys second assist of the game.
Jacob Sias stopped three shots to gain a shutout in his varsity debut in goal and Cody Smith and Garrett Waite combined for 11 N-N saves.
Canton 4, Gouverneur 0: Matt Mende bookended one goal and one assist as the 2-1 Bears won their NAC Central opener. Mende opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the game from Bryant Wentworth and set up Tanner Sanderson in the 68th minute.
In between Sanderson scored from Ryan Caldwell and Caldwell scored from Jake Watson backing Scott Wights four-save shutout.