SOUTH COLTON - The Colton-Pierrepont Central varsity boys soccer team relayed an early goal into a hard-fought 1-0 win over Parishville-Hopkinton in a matchup of late-season NAC East Division contenders on Thursday at Swift Field.
With the win, the Colts improved to 8-3 in the division standings where the top five teams are now seperated by just four points heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.
Andrew Holden netted the only goal of the game at the 8:36 mark when he knocked home the rebound of a cross into the area from the right wing off the foot of teammate Noah Whalen. The Colts went on to limit the Panthers to just two shots on goal for the entire game as they took over sole possession of second place in the standings behind Chateaugay, which climbed to 8-3-1 with a 3-1 decision on the road over St. Regis Falls in another East Division matchup on Thursday.
Craig Miller handled the two shots he faced to backstop the shutout while Parker Meashaw recorded four stops for the Panthers, who slipped to 7-2-1 in the division.
The other East Division games on Thursday saw Madrid-Waddington turn back St. Lawrence Central 3-1 and Brushton-Moira blank Norwood-Norfolk 3-0.
M-W 3, SLC 1: In Madrid, Kyle Bent opened the scoring in the 17th minute off an assist from Jacob Barney then set up Austin Scott three minutes later for what would stand as the game-winner as the Yellowjackets improved to 6-3-1 in the division and 6-5-2 overall.
The Larries cut the deficit to 2-1 when Lukas Arquiett broke through for an unassisted goal but Jeff Mott restored the two-goal lead just three minutes into the second half by finishing off a play set up by Barney.
Zach Brock made nine saves working the crease for the win while Tyler Savage handled 12 of the shots he faced backstopping the Larries (2-8-1, 2-7-1).
B-M 3, N-N 0: In Norfolk, Loren Traynor continued his torrid scoring pace for the Panthers, striking for an unassisted goal in the fourth minute then finishing off a play set up by Tristen Dumas nine minutes later.
Justin LaVarnway closed out the scoring off an assist from Adam Martin with 16 minutes left in regulation.
Taylor Tallman fielded the six shots he faced tending the shutout for B-M (8-4-1, 7-3-1) while Garrett Waite logged 11 saves for the Flyers (1-12-0, 1-11-0).
Chateaugay 3, SRF 0: At St. Regis Falls, the Bulldogs broke away from a 1-0 halftime lead in raising their league record to 8-3-1 and overall mark to 8-3-3.
Tyler Martin opened the scoring in the 14th minute assited by Nick Ashline. Devin Willis and Tyler Jones connected for the second-half goals assisted by Chad Stalter and Matt Swanston respectively.
Devon Barnes and Josh Trombley made one save each sharing crease duties in the win while Michael Smith stopped five shots for the Saints (2-10-0, 2-9-0).