MADRID - Winning the Dan Rose Memorial Soccer Tournament Championship means a great deal to the host Madrid-Waddington Boys and Girls teams.
It was obvious that it also meant a great deal to the Lisbon Girls and the Heuvelton Boys which created two very intense and emotional title games on Saturday morning.
This is just awesome. We have played in this tournament for many years and this is the first time we have been able to win at this level, said Heuvelton Coach Dave Steele after his Bullodgs used two perfectly placed shots to record a 2-0 victory in relatively calm conditions, with intermittent drizzle, after Lisbon claimed the Girls title in shootout over M-W after a 100-minute scoreless tie where both teams played exemplary defense in the face of gusting win.
Following the game the Madrid-Waddington teams were presented with embroidered travel bags from members of Dan Roses family who were on hand for the 10th edition of the tournament.
M-W Girls Coach Gary Tischler, who coached Dan Rose, and Jeff Stein, who played with Rose at M-W, credited the efforts of their respective teams.
We played the best game we have played all year. Lisbons goalie was the difference. She was outstanding, said Coach Tischler.
It was a great soccer game.
The guys gave it all but we just couldnt get anything clicking against Heuvelton which used its strength and speed well and they just outworked us in the middle, said Coach Stein.
This tournament means a lot to the school and to the communities and it is just great to see so many people out here to watch soccer in the rain. I am making a program for the tournament so people will always know what a great player Dan Rose was and what a great person he was.
The Tupper Lake Girls and Colton-Pierrepont Boys claimed consolation game wins.
As Madrid-Waddington and Lisbon prepared for a shootout to decide the Girls Championship Madrid-Waddington Coach Gary Tischler remarked "Lisbon's goalie Jackie Sovie was the difference today. She was just outstanding. Our goalie Shelby Kendall did everything she was called up to do but their goalie made several outstanding saves."
Sovie handled 20 shots in regulation and in the two overtimes with a series of stops in heavy traffic along the goalline.
She also proved to be a deciding force in the shootout where she made a diving stop on the Jackets' third shooter and followed with the fourth straight Lisbon pk goal. The Yellowjackets' attempt to extend the shootout ended when their fourth shooter fired a shot over the net.
Before Sovie lifted a shot under the crossbar, Maddie Vine, Beth Crowley and Gabby Walker buried shots well out of the reach of the M-W keeper Shelby Kendall (12 saves).
Mary Young and Taylor Lenney scored as the first two M-W shooters.
Jackie Sovie is such a great goalie because she works so hard all of the time," said Lisbon Coach Scott Richardson after the Lady Knights (5-0-2) stayed unbeaten and erased some of the disappointment they felt in losing a shootout in the title game of the OFA Tournament.
"We work on a shootouts in practice everyday and as a team the girls have really developed well. We face a big week ahead with games against Harrisville and Heuvelton so we have tokeep it going.
Tupper Lake 3 - Edwards-Knox 0: The Lumberjacks rebounded from an overtime loss to M-W in the first round by controlling the consolation game.
Ryanne OConnor and Katie Stuart each delivered one goal and one assist to the victory, Christine Kelly scored the first goal and Alison Richards added an assist to support Brook Dewyeas three-save shutout. Kayla Hovey stopped three shots in the E-K crease.
Jon Sloan tallied what became the winning goal 7:20 before the half by controlling an attempted clear at the top of the bubble and one-timing a low drive just inside the left goalpost.
Defender Dedrick Johnson netted the second goal by pressing forward and launching a 40-yard shot which nestled just under the crossbar and just over the reach of a leaping save attempt by keeper T.J. Gagnon.
"Our guys have worked very hard to develop their skills and today we used chip passes and headers very well. Some of our guys played in the FC Freeze program and some played in the men's summer league with teams in Ogdensburg," said Heuvelton Coach Dave Steele.
"This is the first boys soccer championship a Heuvelton team has won in a quite and maybe it can lead to some others.
Chris Power handled four shots for the Heuvelton (4-1-0) shutout and hammered several long punts well past midfield while Gagnon handled seven shots for M-W (4-3).
Colton-Pierrepont 4 - Hammond 1: Alex Hardcourt, Noah Whalen and Ethan Knight all contributed one goal and one assist for the Colts (4-3) who opened a 3-0 lead at the half. Scott Boyce netted the first goal of the game and Hammond's John Winchester netted a second half penalty shot for Hammond.
Craig Miller stopped two shots to record the shutout.
P-H GIRLS WIN
BRASHER FALLS - The trio of Kodi Perkins (3 goals, 1 assist), Nicole White (1 goal, 3 assists) and Emily Sloan (2 goals, 1 assist) sparked Parishville-Hopkinton to a 6-3 nonleague girls soccer win over St. Lawrence Central on Saturday. The Panthers broke a 3-3 tie with three goals in the second overtime and overcame 20 saves by SLC keeper Hailey Agans.
Morgan Villnave led SLC with one goal and one assist and Lindsay Thayer and Jenna Kesner also scored.