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M-W boys stay in title hunt

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MADRID - Madrid-Waddington Boys Soccer Coach Jeff Stein has played a lot of combinations in the current NAC East season. He played several more personell configurations in Saturday’s Senior Day Game as the Yellowjackets blanked Parishville-Hopkinton 2-0 to climb to 9-3-1 (19 points) on the season and within one point of frist place Brushton-Moira which has completed its division season at 9-3-2 for 20 points.

The Jackets can secure a league title in Coach Stein’s first season with a victory at St. Lawrence Central (2-9-2) on Monday or a tie for the banner with a tie.

“We have worked extremely hard at improving our offense all season. One good thing about having a big team is that we can look at a different combinations.” said Coach Stein after two seniors in Richard Wright and Terry Crump scored goals.

“Today I started 11 seniors and I had to rotate three others in. Our seniors played the first 15 minutes and we scored a goal which was really great”.

The first goal came in thr 12th minute on a great shot. Richard Wright launched a service near the right sideline with an inside-out curve which sliced its way into the upper left corner of the net. The second goal came three minutes into the second half on a sequence which started with a corner kick. Colin O’Bryan funneled the ball through a crowd in front of the net to Terry Crump who drilled a drive just inside the left goalpost and just out of the reach of a diving save attempt by keeper Parker Meashaw (5 saves).

Greg Thompson and T.J. Gagnon each stopped one shot to share in the shutout and Gagnon’s one save was a dandy as he steered the fist shot of the second half over the crossbar

“Parishville-Hopkinton is much improved and they play extremely hard. The sectionals are going to be very difficult to read because there are so many teams with a lot of potential,” said Coach Stein. “We went to St. Regis Falls yesterday and they showed the potential to post an upset. Greg Thompson came through for us in the second overtime and today Terry Crump scored a very big insurance goal. Different players keep coming through for us.”

Parishville-Hopkinton Coach Tony Engstrom said that getting people healthy was his main focus as the Panthers prepare to defend their Section 10 Class D title.

“We started with an 18-player roster and now we are playing with 13 plus some guys I brought up the modified team. It seems that we no sooner get a player back that somebody else gets hurt,” said Engstrom after the Panthers slipped to 7-5-2 in league play.

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