POTSDAM - As Heuvelton and Chateaugay Boys Soccer teams headed to their respective busses after playing to a 2-2 tie, a wisp of snow appeared under the lights of the SUNY Potsdam turf field on Saturday night.
A fitting touch to a doubleheader matching boys and girls Bulldog bands who all stand among the NAC West and NAC East leaders.
And two games matching teams with postseason aspirations finished under the touch of Section 10 Tournament weather.
The 9-0-0 and number ninth ranked state Chateaugay Girls won the first game 2-0 over No. 18 Heuvelton (8-2-0) in match of NAC East and West Division leaders.
The Chateaugay (4-3-3) and Heuvelton (7-2-1) Boys entered the Columbus Day break in the schedule in second place in their divisions
In the first half, Heuvelton Central sweeper Maddie St. Pierre spent a lot of time making defensive clears and taking goal kicks.
In the second half, she was able to press forward and take a series of direct kicks as HCS looked to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit. A deficit created when Chateaugays Hannah Cook took a pass from Stephanie Whyte and turned on a hard shot which eluded a leaping save effort by keeper Logan Tallman 16:27 before the half. The Franklin County Bulldogs netted their second goal with just 21.2 seconds to play when Alexis Beach converted a break-away off a log run out of the midfield with Heuvelton pressed up in an undying effort to gain a tying goal.
It was a good game and I think we proved we can play with them. Theyre a very good team, said Heuvelton coach Gus Burns.
We came on in the second half. Morgan Keenan saw her first action in goal and made some nice saves. She is very quick and just needs some experience.
Keenan made three leaping stops in the second half while Tallman shifted from the goal and strengthen the HCS midfield play.
Hey, this was a very good match today, said Chateaugay coach Steve Lang who has led the Lady Bulldogs to three straight Section 10 Class D Championships.
Heuveton played well and showed why they are 8-1. We always have good game with them in the regular season and then seem to meet in the playoffs. Last year we beat them in the semi-finals of the sectionals and I wont be surprised if we meet them deep into the playoffs again. I have to give the students in our school a lot of credit. We graduate around 38 people a year and we are able to have strong soccer and volleyball teams in the fall. Both teams are undefeated right now.
Dylan Liscum netted close range goals from heavy traffic in front of the net, with 12:00 and 9:17 to play, as Heuvelton secured a tie which HCS Coach Dave Steele regarded as a very positive effort.
To come back from a 2-0 deficit was big and to do it with Aaron Cobb (ankle injury) sidelined for the second half says a lot, said Steele.
We did a lot things well tonight and we played a lot of different combinations. We scored two goals and we had some other plays when we almost scored.
Sparked by passing combinations between Cobb and Jon Sloan, who was a study in perpetual motion throughout the contest, HCS enjoyed a series of dangerous chances in the first half.
But Chateaugay showed resourceful counter-attack capabilities and netted a pair of quick strikes by Chad Stalter. Stalter connected in close off one-touch passes from Zach Cowan and Tyler Martin in the 12th minute of the game. With 2:23 left in the second half Cowan picked up his second assist by relaying the ball to Stalter after gaining control of a long chip by Nick Ashline.
Liscum netted his first goal after controlling a long header from Sloan and netted the second by redirecting the rebound of a well-struck shot by Jack Tennant.
Heuvelton keeper Chris Power finished with two saves in the game while the combination of Barnes and Tremblay handled three shots for Chateaugay.
CANTON - Harrisville played to split at SUNY Canton in boys and girls soccer play.
In girls action, Harrisville (7-3) downed Colton-Pierrepont 2-0 on a pair of first half goals by Kathleen Coloney who scored on a cornerkick and on a direct kick.
Samantha Rounds made fives in the shutout and Kathryn Miller had two saves for the 2-6-1 Colts.
In boys action,Thousand Islands Central doubled Harrisville (8-2) 4-2. Joey Butts scored in the 25th minute from Tim Fowler but Scott McKain connected on a penalty kick scored unassisted 2-1 TI halftime lead.
Fowler tied the game for Harrisville on a pass from Butts but the Vikings Luke Smith scored in the 69th and 79th minutes. Cameron Robbins had nine saves for Thousand Islands an Zane Mono had four saves for Harrisville.