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C-P boys rally past SRF for NAC East Division victory

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ST REGIS FALLS – The St. Regis Falls boys built a 2-0 lead only to have the Colton-Pierrepont Colts rally to earn a 4-2 NAC East Division victory in the lone varsity boys soccer game staged on Wedneday.

The Saints, playing the game with only 10 players, withstood an early barrage by the Colts, then broke loose for a pair of first-half goals.

Caleb Green put the hosts up 1-0 as he converted a corner kick from Ryan Duquette with his head with just under five minutes gone in the opening half. Twelve minutes later, Brandon Votra capped a pinpoint crossing pass from Duquette and also headed it into the wide-open goal.

Duquette made a steal near midfield, raced up the far sideline and launched the picture-perfect pass to Votra, who was in behind the Colton-Pierrepont defense. Votra had little problem redirecting the pass with his head and followed the ball into the goal.

Things were good at that point in St. Regis Falls.

Again the Colts went on the offensive, pounding several shots toward the St. Regis Falls goal and slamming one off the post. The Colts finally solved the SRF defense and goalie Michael Smith as they converted on a corner kick. C-P took the corner from the near side with the ball eluding Smith and bounding into the goal off an SRF defender’s leg.

Still things didn’t look all that bad in the Falls.

Colton-Pierrepont’s Jon Porter drove a high-soaring ball from midfield that took an extremely high bounce, which went off the shoulder of a stunned Smith, caromed off the inside of the post and trickled across the goal line, tying the game at 2-2.

Again, the short-handed Saints didn’t miss a beat and came right back down the field and applied offensive pressure on the C-P defense, which made a steal and sent the offense on a rush inside the final minute of the half.

Crisp passing by the C-P crew led to the Saints downfall as the rush was completed with the Colts taking their first lead of the game. Andrew Holden recorded the eventual game-winning marker with just 49 seconds left in the opening stanza on a sweet feed from Noah Whalen.

“We played well with the opportunities that we had,” recalled St. Regis Falls Coach Aaron Varin. “It was two unforced errors that led to a couple of their goals.

“We were playing really sound ball up until that point, well enough to win with just 10 players,” Varin continued. “That’s a tough thing to swallow, making mistakes that lead to goals after we had been playing so well.”

The second half was more of the same with the Saints holding off the advancements of the Colts for the most part.

Colton-Pierrepont capped the scoring in the 51st minute as Whalen took a nice crossing pass off the foot of Gyle Dominy and rolled the ball back across against the grain as the Saints’ Smith was still moving to his left. The ball gingerly caromed off the inside of the post for the final tally of the contest, moving the Colts to 4-3-0 in league action (5-4-0 overall).

Both teams fired shots toward the other’s goal, with most going well over the top of the crossbar and, despite the six goals in the game, both goalies came up with some big stops.

Smith collected 10 of the Colton-Pierrepont shots while Craig Miller was credited with just four saves in goal for the Colts.

The loss by the Saints, who played on back-to-back nights, leaves SRF with a 1-6-0 mark.

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