POTSDAM - CJ’s-Chip’s Place closed out the regular season by pulling away to a 7-0 win on the road over Frary’s Funeral Home of Ogdensburg on Sunday.
The Potsdam-based booters will now get set to battle for a third straight playoff tournament title starting on Wednesday at home against fourth-seeded Massena Savings and Loan-Kassian Realty in the Division 1 semi-finals at the SUNY Potsdam turf field. The other D1 semi will see Canton play host to Pepsi-The Place at the Canton High School Field. In the Division 2 semi-finals, S&L Electric is slated to play host to AMP-Jreck Subs at Swift Field in South Colton while Cornerstone takes on Lisbon at Clarkson’s Hantz Field.
Both division finals are scheduled for Sunday at the homes of the higher seeds. All the playoff games kick-off at 5:30 p.m.
CJ’s-Chip’s Place 7, Frary’s 0: John Jones anchored a balanced attack with a pair of goals. Shawn Lillie, Chris Negron, Dan Stone, Tony Betrus and Zack Votra broke through for the other goals while Willi Steinrotter and Ben Steinberg each logged an assist.
Steinberg also combined with Grant Sharlow to make five saves in backstopping the shutout. Nate Beaulieu and Jordan Spears turned aside a total of 10 shots sharing crease duties in the losing cause.
In the other two regular season finales staged on Sunday, Lisbon edged Cornerstone Services of Potsdam 2-1 and Pepsi-The Place outscored Massena 3-2.
Lisbon 2, Cornerstone 1: Eric Mehaffy and Dylan Crawford scored the goals in the winning effort.
Pat Normandin countered with the lone Cornerstone goal.
The North Country Women’s Summer Soccer League playoffs will also be wrapping up this week with a pair of semi-final round games slated for this evening and the championship set for Thursday.
Tonight’s pairings will see Massena take on Akwesasne at Generation’s Field in Hogansburg and the FC Freeze host Canton at SLU Field #1. The title game will be played at the home of the higher remaining seed. All three games this week are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.