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Massena Central closed in on an unbeaten NAC Central Girls Soccer championship by denying host Ogdensburg Free Academy on Friday. In boys soccer action at Massena the Raiders and Devils played to their second tie of the season 2-2.

Potsdam maintained the Central Division Boys Soccer lead with a 2-1 victory over Salmon River and the Potsdam Girls also prevailed.

GIRLS GAME

An own goal 28 minutes into the second half carried the 10-0-1 Raiders (12-1-1 overall), the 19th ranked Class A team in the state, past an a resilient and resourceful effort by the Blue Devils.

The only goal of the game came when a cross by Massena Carlie Leary was inadvertently directed into the net by a defender.

“They pinned us in our end for much of the first half but we did a much better job in that respect in the second half,” said OFA Coach Lauren Morley.

“In the second half Alicia Shaver and Shannon Tooley created some threats but we couldn’t get the ball past their sweeper. Our defense did a fantastic job today and we made a great improvement over our first game with them.

Erica Chase handled seven shots in goal for OFA (4-4-2 Central, 5-4-4 overall) which will host Salmon River in its Senior Game on Monday at 4 p.m. on the football field. Courtney Manley stopped one shot to post the shutout.

Potsdam 7, Salmon River 0: the Stoners (7-5-2, 5-5-1 NAC Central) scored five second half goals after Savannah Aidun and Kelsi Green connected in the first half.Kalie Grant chipped in a first half assist.

In the second half, Sierra Gagnon scored back to back with Aidun assisting and Grant connected from Green for a 5-0 lead. Nettie Rishe and Katie Hildreth also scored late.

Jen Tardelli had seven saves for Potsdam. Sam Ghostlaw stopped 10 shots for Salmon River (2-10-1, 0-8-1 NAC Central).

Malone 7, Gouverneur 0: Morgan Fountain generated two goals and two assists, Jessi Lawrence connected for two goals and one assist and Annie Sharlow, Lydia Cosgrove, and Abbey LaPaige scored once. LaPaige also logged an assist for the Huskies (6-8-1, 5-6-1 NAC Central). Jayme Lavoie had six saves for the shutout.

Taylor Andrews made 14 saves for Gouverneur (3-8-3, 2-7-3 NAC Central).

BOYS SOCCER

Fit to be tied but very fit would describe the situation when host Massena and OFA left the Raiders’ turf field after a 2-2 tie and the teams second draw of the season .

It was the sixth tie of the season for the 5-3-6 Raiders (3-2-6 NAC Central) and the fourth for the 5-4-4 Devils (4-2-4 NAC Central).

“It was a very good game. We scored two quick goals and they pressed us and wore us down some to come back and tie,” said Massena Coach Pat Henrie.

“We have six ties this season but we are playing pretty well. We have some JV players up and we are playing differently than we were earlier in the season.”

Robert Cameron sparked Raiders to a 2-0 lead by scoring from Dylan Stone 55 seconds into the game and setting up a Jason Hammill goal at the 19:49 mark.

Nate Peo emerged as the catalyst for OFA’s comeback. He tallied the first Devil goal six minutes before halftime off an assist from Peyton Lalone and set up a Gian Rufa equalizer out of a scramble 14:50 in to the second half.

Both goaltenders, Massena’s Cameron Marsh and OFA’s Jake Sias, finished with nine saves on the day.

“I was really pleased with our attitude after we fell behind 2-0. The guys played hard and played well to get back into the game,” said OFA Coach Matt Morley.

“And we had some good chances in the two overtimes.”

Potsdam 2, Salmon River 1 OT: Chris Stone scored his second goal of the game unassisted with two minutes remaining in the second overtime for Potsdam (9-3-1, 8-2-1 NAC Central) against Salmon River (3-8-2, 1-7-2 NAC Central).

Brady Mitchell opened scoring for Salmon River in the 31st minute but Stone connected from Vitek in the 61st to tie the game. Ryan McDonald had three saves for the win. Zach Smith stopped two shots for Salmon River

Malone 4, Gouverneur 0: Aaron Sharlow scored two goals and Connor Dailey, and Jon Brown each scored once for the Huskies (10-3-1, 7-2-1 NAC Central) at Gouverneur (1-11-2, 0-10-2). Isai Paredones and Brandon Welch logged assists. Austin LaMay had one save for the shutout and Seth Carr handled 18 for Gouverneur.

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