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NAC Central Boys Soccer race tightens up; Massena sweeps Gouverneur

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With less than a week to go, the Northern Athletic Conference Central League races got a little tighter in boys soccer with Ogdensburg edging Potsdam, Malone nipping Canton 2-1 and Massena rolling past Gouverneur 7-0.

Meanwhile, Massena continued its hold on the Central Division Girls race with a 1-0 decision at Gouverneur. In one other game, Potsdam was edged by Ogdensburg 1-0.

BOYS SOCCER

Massena 7, Gouverneur 0: The Raiders (5-3-5, 3-2-5 NAC Central) used six saves from Cameron Marsh in the shutout over the Wildcats (1-11-2, 0-9-2 NAC Central) as Massena scored two goals in the first eight minutes of the game.

Forest Brockway scored from Dylan Stone in the 2nd minute and connected from Jason Hammill in the 8th for a 2-0 halftime.

Evan Kassian tallied unassisted in the 41st, Jesus Hernandez scored from a penalty kick in the 56th and Joshua D’Souza connected twice in the 65th and 69th with Zach Fregoe logging an assist.

Seth Carr had 19 saves for Gouverneur.

Malone 2, Canton 1: After battling to a 0-0 halftime draw, the Huskies put home a pair of markers in the second half to build a 2-0 lead.

Connor Dailey put the Huskies (7-2-1 in league play) up 1-0 in the 48th minute as he received a centering pass from Aaron Sharlow from just outside the box on the left wing.

The Huskies increased their advantage to 2-0 as Isai Paredones curled a shot in off the right post past a stunned Canton goalie in the 54th. Paredones received the initial pass from Alex Johnson, blasted the ball off a Canton defender, retrieved it and put home the eventual game winner.

As good teams do, the Bears didn’t quit and made a run at the Huskies, cutting their deficit to the one-goal final as Jake Watson banged home a ball while all alone in the goal crease from Jake Facey in the 75th.

Austin Lamay turned in another solid effort between the pipes for the Huskies (10-3-1, 7-3-4 NAC Central), making nine saves as Scott Wight posted an 11-save effort for the Golden Bears (7-3-4, 5-2-4 NAC Central).

OFA 1, Potsdam 0:The Devils (4-2-3 Central, 5-4-3) secured their second overtime win of the season against the Stoners (7-2-1 Central, 8-3-1) who saw their division lead dwindle to two points when Malone (6-2-1, 9-3-1) downed Canton (5-2-4, 6-3-4) by a 2-1 final.

The only goal of the game came with seven minutes remaining in the second overtime when freshman Peyton Lalone deeked a defender off the dribble, carried the ball down the left sideline and crossed it outside of the right post where Nate Peo headed it into the net.

“The only goal was one of our prettiest goals of the season,” said OFA coach Matt Morley. “Peyton Lalone had a couple crosses earlier in the game which went toward the near post, this time he got it all the way across to the right post and Nate Peo made a just a great run to head it into the goal. It was just a great team effort.”

Jacob Sias finished with six saves in the shutout while Ryan McDonald stopped 14 shots for the Stoners.

GIRLS SOCCER

Massena 1, Gouverneur 0: Shannon Casey scored the lone goal of the game in the 38th minute from Dominique Valancius for Massena (11-1-1, 9-0-1 NAC Central) as Marissa Manley made three saves in the Massena shutout. Taylor Andrews had 11 saves for Gouverneur (3-7-4, 2-6-3 NAC Central).

Potsdam 2, OFA 1: Shannon Tooley tallied the winning goal in the 56th minute of ther second half off a chip pass over the defense by Jocelyn Fifield.

Potsdam (6-5-2, 4-5-1 NAC Central) opened the scoring when Annette Rishe converted off a through pass from Ali Miller and Nikki Duprey tied the score for OFA (5-3-4, 4-3-2 NAC Central) by netting a shot out from a scrum of players after a corner kick from Nikki Holmes.

Erica Chase stopped four shots in goal for OFA and Jenny Tardelli handled 10 shots in the Stoners’ goal.

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