MASSENA - The Massena Central varsity girls soccer team successfully completed an undefeated run to the 2012 NAC Central Division banner on Tuesday with a 1-0 decision over Franklin Academy at Mike Nicholas Field.
Junior Iestha Porter finished off a rebound from close range with just under 10 minutes left in regulation to account for the only goal of the game as the Lady Raiders closed out the Central Division season at 11-0-1 and enter the Section 10 Class A Championship game at 14-1-1 overall.
Courtney Manley was credited with one save working the crease for the shutout while Jayme Lavoie turned aside 15 shots for the Lady Huskies (5-9-1, 4-7-1).
The two teams will square off in the Class A final this Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Potsdam Central turf field. The sectional champion draws a bye for the opening round of the New York State Class A tournament and will host a second-round game on Saturday, November 10, at SUNY Canton at noon against the winner of a first-round matchup between the Section 2 and Section 3 champions.
In other Central Division finales on Tuesday, Canton clipped Potsdam 1-0 in overtime and Salmon River battled OFA to a scoreless overtime draw. Interdivisional action saw Brushton-Moira outlast Norwood-Norfolk 1-0, Chateaugay stop Parishville-Hopkinton 4-2 and Madrid-Waddington clip Gouverneur 2-1 while the lone West Division contest saw Hermon-DeKalb edge Edwards-Knox 2-1.
Canton 1, Potsdam 0 (2OT): No further details were made available by presstime.
Both teams will now enter their respective sectional tournaments as the top seeds starting on Thursday. Potsdam will open the Class B playoffs at home against Salmon River at 4:30 p.m. while Canton takes on the winner of todays Class C opening round game between St. Lawrence Central and Norwood-Norfolk on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the SUNY Canton turf field.
OFA 0, Salmon River 0 (2OT): In Ogdensburg, Sam Ghostlaw fielded the 14 shots she faced to earn the shutout for the visiting Lady Shamrocks while Erica Chase made four saves for OFA.
Both teams will open the Class B playoffs on Thursday with Salmon River traveling to top-seeded Potsdam for a 4:30 p.m. game and OFA hosting Gouverneur starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Class B final is slated for Saturday at SUNY Canton at 3 p.m.
B-M 1, N-N 0: At Norfolk, Kenzie Taylor connected from Rachel Tower with 14 minutes left in regulation and the visiting Lady Panthers made it stand for the win.
Ashley DeBeer worked the crease for the win while Mickey Frego handled crease duties for the Lady Flyers.
Both teams will now gear up for the Class C playoffs starting this afternoon when the Lady Flyers host an opening round game against St. Lawrence Central beginning at 3 p.m. The winner of todays game travels to top-seeded Canton on Thursday for the semi-final round while B-M plays at home against Tupper Lake. The Class C final is slated for Saturday at Massena Central.
Chateaugay 4, P-H 2: In Parishville, the host Lady Panthers got off to a promising start when Michaela Cole headed a cross off the foot of teammate Emily Sloan into the back of the net five minutes into the game but Alexis Beach scored two goals and was the last player to touch the ball on an own-goal during a 10-minute outburst late in the first half to spark the Lady Bulldogs to the win.
Beach tied the game off an assist from Hannah Cook in the 25th minute then made it 2-1 in the 30th assisted by Courtney Boyea before another one of her shots struck the post and went into the net off a P-H player with 4:07 left in the first half.
Sloan cut the deficit to 3-2 in the 11th minute of the second half off an assist from Cole before Brianna Cook sealed the win four minutes later by finishing off a play set up by Danielle Charland.
Makayla Fleury handled 11 shots in the winning effort as Chateaugay successfully capped a perfect 16-0 regular season to earn the top seed for the Class D playoffs which get underway on Thursday. Marlee Wilson had eight saves for the Lady Panthers, who will also be competing in the Class D tournament.
Madrid-Waddington 2, Gouverneur 1: In Gouverneur, Taylor Lenney scored the first goal of the game off an assist from Tess Knight in the first half then set up the eventual game-winner in the second to spark the Lady Yellowjackets to the win.
Emily Doelger made nine saves in the winning effort while Taylor Andrews worked the Gouverneur crease.
M-W will now get set to enter the Class D playoffs starting on Thursday while Gouverneur is slated to open the Class B tournament at OFA starting at 6:30 p.m.