POTSDAM - Playing defense in the face of a gusting wind was a major factor for the Potsdam Girls and the Malone Boys in posting 3-0 wins over Madrid-Waddington squads in Saturdays conclusion of the John Jeffers Memorial Soccer Tournament on Saturday morning at Potsdam Central School.
After thwarting all Madrid-Waddingtons efforts to score with the wind in the first half, the Lady Stoners tallied three second half scores. The Huskie Boys also held serve against the atmospheric disturbance and also struck for two first half goals.
The tournament was completed just before the arrival thunderstorm and the issuance of tornado warning in St. Lawrence County. The threat of extreme weather and lightning forced the postponement of OFAs Gerard Cring Memorial Tournament and Massenas Bill ONeill Memorial Tournament. Also postponed was a Boys and Girls Soccer doubleheader between Heuvelton and Chateaugay at SUNY Potsdam.
No makeup dates have been announced for any of the games.
Potsdam 3 - M-W 0: Tournament MVP Nettie Rishe sandwiched two goals from Sierra Gagnon around a brilliant diving save by Bre Sapp in a pivotal turn of events for the Stoners (1-0-1).
In the first half we had to scramble against the wind and played good team defense. In the second half Nettie Rishe scored two nice goals and Bre Sapp made a great save to stop them from tying the game, said Potsdam Coach Joe Stark.
Madrid-Waddington is a very good team which will be a force in the Ds at the end of the year. It was a well played game and felt much more like a 1-0 game to me.
Rishe made it a 1-0 game 14 minutes into the second half when she controlled the high bounce of a cross from Gagnon and half volleyed a shot over M-W keeper Shelby Kendall (9 saves).
Two minutes later Sapp (7 saves) went high for one-handed tip of a close range shot by Taylor Marcellus. Six minutes later Rishe neatly re-directed cross from Gagnon into the cords. Ally Miller completed the scoring two minutes later by lifting the rebound of a diving save by Kendall high into the cords.
I am really happy with the girls. They are learning a new system and really played good soccer today, said M-W Coach Gary Tischler.
Their goalie made big saves in the first and second half. Potsdam is a very good team and it was just excellent game.
C-P 2 - SLC 1: Two second half goals carried the Lady Colts (1-1) to a consolation game victory. SLCs Lindsey Thayer opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first half converting off a long punt by goallie Haleigh Agans.
Haylee Hennessy tied the game off a cross from Kylie McKinley and Madison Greg netted the game-winner scoring in a scramble from Andrea Aldous. Katherine Miller stopped 12 shots to gain the goaltending win and Agans stopped 11 shots for the Larries (0-1-1).
Malone 3 - M-W 0: Tournament MVP Aaron Sharlow showed his volatile combination of strength and speed in scoring a pair of first half goals for the Huskies who took the title in their first appearance in then Jeffers Tournament.
In the 14th minute of the game he controlled a deflected through pass and neatly teed up the ball for a blast just inside the far post. Nobody was going to stop that shot, said M-W Coach Jeff Stein.
Thats the way the game went. We had our chances but didnt convert but Sharlow converted the two best chances of the game.
Sharlows second goal came with just 10 seconds left in the half after the Huskies weathered the Jackets efforts to gain a 1-1 tie. Sharlow ran onto a long clearing pass through the middle from Brandon Welch and cooly buried a break-away drive well out of the reach of M-W keeper T.J.Gagnon (8 saves).
Aaron is an outstanding finisher and he works extremely well with Isai Paredones. They both see the field so well, said Malone Coach Kim DePuy.
The only goal of the second half also featured excellent vision as Connor Dailey headed home a cross from Dan Bagley. Austin LaMay posted a seven-save shutout for the Huskies anchored by two leaping saves where he steered dangerous shots over the crossbar.
Potsdam 6 - C-P 0: Generating an immediate rebound from Fridays first round loss to Malone the Stoners (1-1) broke out to a 4-0 halftime lead where Chris Stone scored all four goals. Pat Normandin set up the first goal, Ian Vitek drew assists on the next two and the fourth came unassisted.
Dan Cruikshank netted a pair of direct kicks in the final five minutes of the game while Tom Hobbs and Bob Milne completed a six-save shutout.