CHESTERTOWN - Some area sports observers have high hopes this year for the North Warren Boys Soccer team, and iconsidering their season-opening win over Johnsburg Friday, they're living up to expectations.
North Warren defeated Johnsburg 2-1 in a game that featured a lot of action and balanced ball possession between both teams.
About 10 minutes into the first half, the Cougars scored their first goal on a header by Joe Aiken, deflecting a corner kick by Garth Griffen. Johnsburg's Austin Washburn answered back five minutes later.
Then with about 10 minutes left in the game, Thom Pereau struck back in a mini-breakaway.
Cougar Coach Jason Humiston had seen Johnsburg's talented goalie Dylan Wolfe move up occasionally, and he advised his players to take advantage of it.
Pereau did so, eluding pursuing defenders about 30 yards out, then slamming the ball just over Wolfe's fingertips. It sailed a mere inches under the crossbar for the winning goal.
Over the game, Kristian Seeley lived up to his reputation by making 10 saves.
Humiston praised Johnsburg's program and talent, as well as the skills of his own players.
"We have nine Seniors this year, and they know how to play," he said, noting his team has power and speed up front. "They played really well Friday, considering we had two starters out."
Although those two players were likely to be back in action without delay, the team was still faced with a challenging week.
The squad was scheduled to play Hadley-Luzerne, Salem and Corinth - on Monday, Wednesday and Friday respectively, Humiston said.
"We're back into the grind," Humiston said.
Warriors downed by Tamarac
CLUMS CORNERS - Despite a fourth-quarter offensive surge that included a full-field kickoff return, the Lake George Football team fell short Friday in their effort to topple Tamarac, as they lost by a score of 28-18.
Tamarack quarterback Nick Casale was efficient in his role, connecting with four receivers 6 times of 9 attempts for 130 yards.
Alex Liucci scored two touchdowns for Lake George, one on a 30 yard run and the second by receiving a pass from Quarterback Nate Fidd. Marty Zivica scored the 99-yard kickoff return for his team's comeback effort. Kyle McCabe was the Warriors' leading rusher with 53 yards.
Next up for Lake George is Corinth at home on Thursday Sept. 8.