SCHROON LAKE - Elizabethtown-Lewis kept their playoff hopes alive Oct. 29, with a 1-0 win against Schroon Lake in the Section VII Class D boys soccer quarterfinal.
Connor Apthorp's goal with 15 minutes remaining in regulation gave the Lions the edge after having dominated play for much of the match.
"I think it was the guys have played as a team this whole season," said Eliabethtown-Lewis head coach Smitty Marvin. "They moved together well both on offense and defense. You didn't notice the individual efforts because there was so much good team play today."
Strong defensive play from Nate Allott, Jeremy Rushby and company kept the ball under the Lions' control for much of the game, and midfielders Brody Hooper and Hunter Mowery led an effective passing game.
"They really owned the middle of the field, which allowed us to get more shots," said Marvin.
The first half was tightly contested between two teams that had split their regular season series.
"Every time we played them, it was a battle," said Schroon Lake head coach Lee Silvernail, who said his team was focused on preventing goals from Mowery, a big offensive threat.
The Lions narrowly missed a couple of early scoring chances, but finally capitalized when Apthorp and Hooper got loose in transition. The pair played a two-man passing game to advance the ball until Apthorp fired his shot from the 18, sneaking it past Schroon Lake keeper Justin Wachowski, who had come out to stop it.
"The goal today was to get the ball wide," said Marvin, noting the strength of Wachowski to shut down attacks from the center of the field.