POTSDAM - The Potsdam Central girls soccer team followed up another successful defense of its Jeffers Memorial Tournament championship by opening the NAC Central Division season with a 1-0 win at home over Franklin Academy on Tuesday.
Senior Keely OBrien redirected home a cross into the area by Nettie Rishe 10 minutes into the game for what held up as the game-winner. Kelsey Green also helped set up the goal with a lead pass to Rishe.
Bre Sapp handled the 12 shots she faced backstopping the shutout as Potsdam improved to 3-0 overall while Jamie Lavoie posted nine saves working the Lady Huskies crease.
In other NAC Central girls soccer matchups on Tuesday, Canton overwhelmed Salmon River 7-1 and Gouverneur outlasted OFA 2-1.
Canton 7, Salmon River 1: At Roger Dusharm Field in Canton, senior Emily Rexford generated the first four goals of the game over a 15-minute span in the first half to set the tone for the convincing win. Rexford wound up with four goals and an assist. Kali Frank chipped a goal and assist while Lindsay Proulx and Tori Daley struck for the other goals. Katie Christy and Katie Lapinski both chipped in solo assists while Hilary Wilcox turned aside eight shots backstopping the win.
Kelby Mitchell one-bounced a direct kick from near midfield into the back of the net with 27 minutes left in regulation to account for the lone Salmon River goal. Samantha Ghostlaw worked the crease for 19 saves in the losing cause.
Gouverneur 2, OFA 1: In Gouverneur, the Noelle Carbone set up the first goal of the game by Alysia Whitton in the 33rd minute then scored the eventual game-winner with 15 minutes left in regulation to spark the Lady Wildcats to a season-opening win.
Shannon Tooley tied the game for the Lady Blue Devils off an assist from Nikki Holmes four minutes into the second half.
Taylor Andrews had 10 saves in the win while Erica Chase posted 11 stops for OFA.
In NAC West Division action on Tuesday; Heuvelton clipped Hermon-DeKalb 2-1, Harrisville blanked Edwards-Knox 4-0, Lisbon downed Clifton-Fine 8-0 and Hammond beat Morristown 8-1.