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Potsdam boys earn share of NAC Central soccer title; SLC denies M-W

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CANTON - The Potsdam Central varsity boys soccer team earned a share of the 2012 NAC Central Division regular season title on Tuesday after netting a 3-1 decision on the road over Canton.

With the win, the Sandstoners finished at 9-2-1 atop the division standings along with Franklin Academy which closed out its regular season by holding off Massena 1-0. The other NAC Central finale on Tuesday saw OFA down Salmon River 4-0.

Posdam 3, Canton 1: At Roger Dusharm Field, the Sandstoners fell behind 1-0 when Jake Facey finished off a play set up by Matt Mende in the 21st minute. Nnaebuka Ononye tied the game two minutes later assisted by Marc McAdoo and Chris Stone notched the eventual game-winner off an assist from Ian Vitek with seven minutes left in the first half.

Ononye sealed the win 10 minutes into the second half when he converted on the rebound of a shot by Robbie Scott.

Ryan McDonald handled five shots backstopping the win while Scott Wight recorded eight saves for the Bears.

Both teams now head into their respective Section 10 tournaments starting on Thursday. Potsdam, now 12-3-1 overall, is the top seed in Class B and will play host to Gouverneur while Canton is the top seed for the Class C playoffs and will take on Norwood-Norfolk. Both games are slated to kick-off at 3 p.m.

FA 1, Massena 0: In a preview of the Class A championship game slated for Saturday at 5 p.m at the Potsdam Central turf field, Kody Mulverhill broke through for the only goal of the game at 20:38 of the second half and the host Huskies (12-3-1 overall) made it stand for the win en route to gaining their share of the league banner.

Austin Lamay had six saves working the crease for the shutout while Ian Wilson posted nine stops for the Raiders (3-3-6, 6-4-6) who will look to reverse a pair of regular season losses in the sectional final. Saturday’s winner advances to the New York State Class A tournament and will play the Section 3 champion in the Syracuse-area either next Tuesday or Wednesday.

OFA 4, Salmon River 0: In Fort Covington, Dillion Binion, Nate Peo, Conor Hannan and Alec Manke connected for goals to boost the Blue Devils past the Shamrocks. Seth Pinkerton logged a pair of assists while Gian Rufa finished with a solo helper and Jacob Sias fielded the four shots he faced backstopping the shutout.

Zach Smith made 13 saves in the losing cause.

The two teams will square off again this Thursday in Ogdensburg in the semi-finals of the sectional Class B playoffs starting at 3 p.m. The Class B final is scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m. at the SUNY Canton turf field.

A pair of NAC North Division finales on Tuesday saw St. Lawrence Central knock off Madrid-Waddington 3-2 and Colton-Pierrepont battle St. Regis Falls to a scoreless draw. In West Division games, Lisbon tied Heuvelton 1-1 to clinch the regular season title, Harrisville outscored Hammond 6-1 and Edwards-Knox beat Hermon-Dekalb 3-1.

SLC 3, M-W 2: In Brasher Falls, junior Ian Lynch fashioned a natural hattrick as the Larries spoiled the Yellowjackets’ hopes of gaining a share of the North Division title.

Kyle Benton got M-W on the board first when he connected from Colin O’Bryan just 7:10 into the game minute but Lynch pulled the Larries even three minutes later off an assist from Lukas Arquiett then made it 2-1 with 13:08 left in the first half when he converted on a long throw up the field by goaltender Tyler Savage.

Lynch completed his hattrick at 18:09 of the second half assisted again by Arquiett before Bent’s cut the deficit to 3-2 four minutes later with an unassisted goal but the Larries held on to lift Julia Rose to her first coaching victory over her high school alma mater.

Savage finished with 11 saves backstopping the win as the Larries closed out the regular season at 4-8-2. They will now get set to take on Brushton-Moira in the first round of the Class C playoffs on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Massena Central’s Mike Nicholas Field. The Class C final is scheduled for Saturday.

Zach Brock turned aside five shots for M-W, which enters the Class D tournament as the seventh seed and will host Hermon-DeKalb in the opening round on Thursday at 3 p.m.

C-P 0, SRF 0 (2OT): At Swift Field in South Colton, the Colts outshot and outplayed the visiting Saints but were unable to breakthrough for any goals in settling for the scoreless draw.

Craig Miller was counted on to make just two saves for the shutout while Michael Smith fielded the 12 shots he faced for the Saints.

Both teams will be heading into the Class D playoffs starting on Thursday with C-P hosting Clifton-Fine and the Saints traveling to Edwards-Knox.

The other Class D openers on Thursday will see Parishville-Hopkinton host Morristown and Harrisville welcome Hammond. All the first round games are due to start at 3 p.m.

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