POTSDAM - The Massena Central varsity girls soccer team relayed the momentum of a quick two-goal outburst late in the first half into a 3-0 NAC Central Division win over Potsdam Central on Monday.
After controlling the temp from the opening whistle, the visiting Lady Raiders broke through for the first goal of the game in the 25th minute when Mia Germano headed home a cross to the front of the goal from the left corner by Dominique Valancius. Just over a minute later, Stef Premo worked the ball into the right corner then served the ball toward the goalmouth where it was headed into the back of the net by Valancius, who completed a three-point game by setting up the final goal by Serena Hall with 13 minutes left in regulation.
Courtney Manley handled the three shots she faced backstopping the shutout as the Lady Raiders improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 atop the Central Division standings. Bre Sapp stood tall posting 13 saves working the crease for the Lady Sandstoners (4-1, 1-1).
In the lone other Central Division game on Monday, Salmon River rallied to claim an 1-1 draw at home against Gouverneur. The only North Division game saw Tupper Lake blank St. Lawrence Central 4-0 while a pair of interdivisional matchups had OFA downing Norwood-Norfolk 2-0 and Chateaugay outlasting Franklin Academy 2-1.
Salmon River 1, Gouverneur 1 (2OT): At Fort Covington, the host Lady Shamrocks picked up their first point of the season after overcoming a 1-0 halftime deficit to salvage a tie with the Lady Wildcats.
Gouverneur opened the scoring 16 minutes into the game when Taylor Hentz converted on a penalty kick that was awarded after a Salmon River player was called for a handball in the area.
The Lady Shamrocks pulled even in the 15th minute of the second half when Kwiio Jacobs connected off a cornerkick delivered into the area by Abby Kelly.
Sam Ghostlaw made eight saves for the Lady Shamrocks while Taylor Andrews was credited with four stops in the Gouverneur goal.
We are definitely improving, said Salmon River Coach Liz Durfee. We controlled most of the game and had plenty of opportunities to score.
There is still a lot to accomplish this season and I believe that we are well on our way, she added.
Tupper Lake 4, SLC 0: In Tupper Lake, Lindsey Maroun scored a goal and helped set up another as the Lumberjacks scored two goals in the final five minutes of the first half en route to building a commanding 3-0 halftime lead. Christine Kelly, Krystal Gilbert and Skylar Trivieri scored the other goals while Katie Stuart fashioned a pair of assists and Madison Kelly logged a solo helper.
Ryane OConnor made eight saves working the crease for the shutout while Kristen Daniels and Haleigh Agans combined to stop 11 shots for the Lady Larries.
OFA 2, N-N 0: At Norfolk, the eventual winning goal came in the first half when Danielle Guimond netted a header off a cross from Natalie Giglio.
After Stacy Barr anchored a defensive effort to contain N-N threats on attempts to spring speedy srtiker Emily Laroe, Alicia Shaver netted an insurance goal with four minutes to play.
Shaver buried a hard shot after taking a pass from Kaitlyn Sheppard. Chase finished with 10 saves in the shutout and Mickey Frego handled 12 shots for N-N.
Chateaugay 2, FA 1: The Chateaugay girls opened up the scoring 3:42 into the game as the Beach sisters hooked up. Alexis Beach received the setup from sister Katie to put the state-ranked squad in front 1-0.
The two teams went up and down the field over the next 13 minutes when FAs Angela Grimshaw tied the game at 1-all at 16:21. Grimshaw took the feed from Maggie Albu for the tying goal.
With 11:26 remaining in the opening half – a half of all-out, up-and-down the field action, according to both coaches – Chateaugay took its final lead of the contest. Hannah Cook set up Danielle Charland with the eventual game winner to keep the lady Bulldogs with an unbeaten record.