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POTSDAM - The Potsdam Central varsity boys soccer team held on for a 3-2 NAC Central Division win at home over Franklin Academy on Thursday.

The Sandstoners got off to a fast start when freshman David Caamona finished off a play set up by Dan Stone just 2:52 after the opening kick-off.

The one-goal lead held through the rest of the first half and the beginning of the second where junior Nnaebuka Ononye put Potsdam ahead 3-0 with back-to-back goal justs six minutes apart, converting off an assist from Chris Stone at 6:55 and then from Tom Hobbs at the 12:52 mark.

The Huskies slowed the Sandstoners momentum just two minutes later when Aaron Sharlow finished off a play set up by a long punt out of the penalty area by netminder Austin Lamay. Brady Monette made it 3-2 just over a minute later assisted by Sharlow.

Ashler Herrick made four saves working the crease for the win as the Sandstoners moved to 6-1-1 in the Central and 7-2-1 overall. Lamay finished with seven stops for the Huskies (7-3-1, 4-2-1).

In the other two NAC Central Division games played on Thursday, Canton downed Salmon River 4-0 while Gouverneur rallied to salvage a 2-2 tie with OFA. The lone East Division contest saw Parishville-Hopkinton and St. Lawrence Central settle for a 2-2 draw.

Canton 4, Salmon River 0: At Roger Dusharm Field, the host Bears steadily pulled away from a scoreless halftime tie for the win. Ryan Caldwell opened the scoring three minutes into the second half off an assist from Brandon Rodee. Matt Mende made it 2-0 at the 15:37 mark and Jacob Oatman tallied the third Canton goal just four minutes later assisted by E.J. Curtis. Francesco Palumbo closed out the scoring off an assist from Oatman with just 1:06 remaining.

Scott Wight fielded three shots backstopping the shutout as the Bears improved to 4-1-3 in the division and 6-2-3 overall. Zach Smith posted six saves for the Shamrocks (1-7-2, 0-6-2).

Gouverneur 2, OFA 2 (2OT): In Gouverneur, the visiting Blue Devils built a 2-0 lead 12 minutes into the game before the Wildcats battled back to gain the overtime draw. Gian Rufa opened the scoring off an assist from Peyton Lalone in the ninth minute before David Prudhommer connected from Conor Hannan in the 12th to give OFA the early lead.

Matt Waugh cut the deficit to 2-1 when he converted on a direct kick with 10 minutes left in the first half then tied the game 10 minutes into the second with another unassisted goal.

Seth Carr stood tall working the Gouverneur (1-8-2, 0-7-2) crease for 17 saves while Jacob Sias recorded one stop for the Blue Devils (6-2-3, 4-1-3).

P-H 2, SLC 2 (2OT): At Parishville, the both teams held one-goal lead before finishing in a draw. The Larries struck first when Nate McLaughlin broke through for an unassisted goal with 17:42 left in the opening half but the Panthers pulled even 58 seconds before halftime when Wyatt Snell finished off a play set up by Joey Jacot.

The teams went scoreless through the second half before Anthony Pullano put P-H ahead 3:19 into the first 10-minute overtime off an assist from Ethen Cox but the Larries countered six minutes into the second overtime frame when Lukas Arquiett converted off an assist from Matthew Frary.

Parker Meashaw turned aside seven shots working the crease for P-H (6-2-1, 5-1-1) while Tyler Savage recorded 10 saves for the Larries ((2-7-1, 2-6-1).

WEST DIVISION

In West Division matchups on Thursday, Lisbon beat Clifton-Fine 4-0, Morristown blanked Hammond 4-0, Hermon-DeKalb clipped Heuvelton 2-1 and Harrisville overpowered Edwards-Knox 6-0.

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