AuSable Valley’s Sumra Siklander wins possession against Kiley Wilkins of Plattsburgh High.
After a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of their Sept. 8 game, the Plattsburgh High Lady Hornets and AuSable Valley Lady Patriots settled down for an exciting opener to the 2011 Section VII girls soccer season.
In the second half, however, the Hornets found the net to earn a 2-1 win.
The two teams scored one goal each early, as Brooke Knight scored for the Hornets in the third minute and Megan Colby scored on an assist from Liz Rennie in the 10th minute.
“It was a pretty sloppy opening,” PHS head coach Tim Mulligan said after the game. “Both goals came off of deflections that gave the girls open shots on net.”
The two teams settled in for the rest of the first half and the first 20 minutes of the second half before Marle Curle started a counter attack for the Hornets, with the ball eventually winding up on the foot of Kelly Menard, who snuck a shot past the goalpost and hands of Patriots goalie Taylor Saltus.
“Marle hustles non-stop,” Mulligan said. “A lot of the chances that she creates for this team are from working hard.”
The Patriots spent the final 20 minutes trying to attack the Hornets net, getting their best chance in the 80th and final minute, when a cross that was redirected by Colby trickled just wide of the net.
“We had a shot there in the end,” Patriots head coach Keith Raines said. “For the first game I am very proud of our performance.”
The Hornets finished with a 7-5 edge in shots, with Karlie Neale recording three saves for PHS and Taylor Saltus grabbing two for AVCS.
Both coaches said that they are looking forward to continued play in the Division I season, which is made up solely of Class B teams.
“I think that this league is going to be wide open,” Mulligan said. “Every win is going to be hard to get, and road wins like this against a very good AuSable team are going to be key.”
“This is out first real experience with a division like this since we were always Division II in the CVAC,” Raines said. “Every game this year is going to be exciting in our division.”
Lady Knights blank Warriors
The Lady Knights scored all of their goals in the final 20 minutes of its Sept. 8 match against the Warriors, scoring an opening win in Division II.
Paige Spittler scored the final two goals of the game for the Knights, capping off a run that started in the 60th minute when Shannon Eagan opened the scoring. Kelli Ryan then scored two minutes after. Maddison Murnane tallied three assists.
In net, Shannon Olsen made four saves for the Knights, while Stephanie Blanchard recorded nine saves.
Saranac scores two in second
The Lady Chiefs scored the only two goals of the second half, breaking open a 2-2 tie to get past the Lady Cougars Sept. 8 in Division I play.
Ellen Thew netted a hat trick for the Chiefs, scoring both first half goals and adding the insurance marker in the 79th minute.
Amelia Jenks scored the game-winner in the 52nd minute. Mallory Honan scored both goals for the Cougars, in the second and 22nd minutes.
Beekmantown blanks SLCS
The Lady Eagles scored in the second-to-last minute in each half to earn a shutout win against the Lady Red Storm in Division I Sept. 8.
Jess Huber opened the scoring in the 39th minute, while Kallie Villemaire scored in the 79th minute.
Chazy earns win
The Lady Eagles began their Division II season with goals from Amber Polomsky, Kirsten Doran and Christina Emery as part of a shutout victory Sept. 8.
Katharine Tooke made four saves in the win for the Eagles.
Blue Bombers shutout Lions
The Lady Blue Bombers scored both goals in the second half in scoring a shutout win against the Lady Lions in Division II play Sept. 8.
Payton Barney scored the opening goal of the game in the 41st minute, and then assisted on a goal to Brooke Reid in the 49th minute.
Liz Leff made two saves for the Bombers, while Kearsten Ashline had six saves for the Lions.
Coming off a 3-0 season opening win, Katie Stuart scored in the fifth minute off an assist from Skylar Trivieri to give the Lady Lumberjacks an early 1-0 lead against Chateaugay Sept. 9.
However, it was the Lady Bulldogs who scored the last three goals, handing Tupper Lake its first loss of the season, 3-1.
Hornets defeat Red Storm
The Lady Hornets scored twice in the first half on their way to starting the season 2-0-0 in Division I with a 3-0 win against the Lady Red Storm Sept. 10.
Kolbi Lyon opened the scoring on an assist from Madison Trombley in the 17th minute, which was followed in the opening half with a Hailey McLaughlin goal, assisted by Kiley Wilkins, in the 33rd minute. Marle Curle rounded out the scoring in the 45th minute, off an assist from Justine Rotz.
Karlie Neale made a pair of saves for the Hornets, who held a 16-3 shot advantage. Regan Kieffer made 12 saves for Saranac Lake.
Lions edge Sentinels
Lily Whalen hit the net twice and Kylie Cassavaugh added a third as the Lady Lions defeated the Lady Sentinels of Ticonderoga, 3-2, Sept. 10.
Whalen scored a pair of unassisted goals in the 16th and 48th minutes, her first goal coming exactly one minute after Cassavaugh had opened the scoring in the game off an assist from Emily Morris.
Bombers win second
Karissa Kennedy scored in the 79th minute to give the Lake Placid Lady Blue Bombers to goal they needed to get past the Seton Catholic Lady Knights Sept. 10.
Kennedy scored off an assist from Kendra Manning, which led to a one-touch scoring opportunity.
Mackenzie Kemmerer scored the opening tally in the 15th minute, which was answered when Paige Spittler scored, unassisted, 59 seconds later.
Vikings blank Warriors
The Lady Warriors got 10 saves from Stephanie Blanchard, but were unable to find the back of the net themselves, falling 1-0 to the Moriah Lady Vikings Sept. 10.
Chazy scores often in win
Amber Polomsky scored once and assisted on a pair, contributing to half of the Chazy Lady Eagles offensive production in a 6-0 win over the Northern Adirondack Lady Bobcats Sept. 10.
Polomsky scored on a Christina Emery assist in the third minute, and assisted on goals to Emery in the 43rd minute and Amanda Kempainen in the 48th minute. Kempainen also scored in the 14th minute on an assist from Caitlyn LaPier, who scored in the 47th minute on a Kirsten Doran assist. Doran then scored the final Eagles goal in the 50th minute, assisted by Victoria Lyons.
Jesslin Golovach made 11 saves in net for the Bobcats.
Saranac scores two in second
After a 1-1 tie through 40 minutes, the Beekmantown Lady Eagles scored twice in the second half to earn a 3-1 win over the Peru Lady Indians Sept. 9.
Jess Huber scored a pair of goals and Kallie Villemaire scored the eventual game-winner for the Eagles, while Mary Mazella scored the lone tally for the Indians.
Westport defeats Crown Point
Five different members of the Westport Lady Eagles tallied goals in a 5-1 victory over the Crown Point Lady Panthers Sept. 9.
Brendee Russell opened the scoring in the eighth minute on an assist from Mallory Sudduth, while Allison Sherman scored in the 38th minute on a penalty kick. Emily Rascoe scored her first goal for father and varsity coach Brad Rascoe in the 48th minute off an assist from Ellie Schwoebel, while Megan Sudduth notched her first varsity goal in the 59th minute and Delany Sears scored, unassisted, in the 63rd minute.
Karlee McGee made four saves in the win.