The third-seeded Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions scored an 8-0 win against the Wells Indians in the opening round of the Section VII/Class D boys soccer tournament, setting up the third meeting of the season between them and second-seeded Chazy Eagles, who beat their namesakes from Westport by an 11-0 score.
For the Lions, Hunter Mowery scored two goals and directed a third toward net on an indirect kick that resulted in a Wells own goal, along with assisting on two spectacular goals scored by Connor Apthorp.
“The first one, I was just trying to get a foot on it,” Apthorp said. “On the second one, I was at the right place at the right time. Our teams prepared well for this game and we came out to win and did just that.”
“We came out excited and ready to go,” Lions head coach Paul Buehler said. “They didn’t take this game lightly and we executed well.”
Brody Hooper, Tyler White and Patrick Philips also scored for the Lions.
For Chazy, Josh Barriere, Brandon Laurin, Nolan Rogers and Hunter Dominy all scored two goals in the 11-0 victory over Westport, giving the defending state champions a 32-0 edge in goals over three contests.
In the top half of the bracket, the Willsboro Warriors will not be playing Division III champion Schroon Lake, as they were ousted by the fifth-seeded Minerva/Newcomb by a 4-3 score.
Class D girls
The Westport varsity girls soccer team had home-field advantage for the second time against Keene, and were able to score a win in a penalty kick shootout in the opening round of the Section VII/Class D tournament Oct. 27.
The third-seeded Eagles (11-2-0) scored in the first minute of the game, as Delany Sears tallied her ninth goal of the season on the first assist of the season for Emily Rascoe.
In the 67th minute, Emma Gothner was able to trap a deflection off a Westport defender and put the ball past Eagles goalie Karlee McGee to score the equalizer for the Beavers (5-10-1), and the two teams remained scoreless throughout the final 13 minutes of regulation and the 30 minutes of overtime.
The Eagles faced the second-seeded Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions (11-6-0), who got a goal in the 16th minute by Kylee Cassavaugh (12th) on an assist from Emily Morris (10th) for a 1-0 win over the Indian Lake/Long Lake Lady Orange. Jennifer McGinn made five saves for the Lions in the victory.
On the other half of the Class D bracket, the Chazy Lady Eagles (16-1-0) scored a 5-0 victory against the Willsboro Lady Warriors (3-13-1).
Megan Reynolds opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 28th minute and scored again in the 43rd minute (Caitlyn LaPier assist), while Hannah Laurin scored in the 36th minute (Kirsten Doran), Amanda Kempainen scored in the 40th and LaPier scored in the 62nd minute (Rachel Pombio).
LaPier is the leading scorer alive in Section VII girls, adding to her totals with her 14th goal and 21st assist.
Stephanie Blanchard had 18 saves for the Warriors, while Katharine Tooke made just one save in picking up her 14th shutout of the season.
In the semifinals, the Eagles will face a Wells team that scored a 1-0 win over Minerva/Newcomb.
Class C boys
Haile Thompson contributed to both goals for the Lake Placid Blue Bombers as they advanced past Seton Catholic and into the Class C final against Northern Adirondack.
Thompson assisted on the opening goal of the game, scored by Keegan Barney, to give the Blue Bombers (5-8-0) a 1-0 lead. Thompson then scored in the 43rd minute to give the Bombers a 2-0 lead.
Adam Tedford scored his 15th goal of the season in the 61st minute to cut the lead in half, but the Knights (3-12-0) were unable to rally.
J.P. Morrison made 11 saves for the win.
Class C girls
The first round of the Section VII/Class C playoffs also brought the first penalty kick shootout of the season, as the Lake Placid Lady Blue Bombers and Moriah Lady Vikings went 110 minutes without scoring a goal.
Blue Bombers Carrissa Kennedy and goalie Liz Leff scored the two markers in the shootout as Lake Placid (10-4-2) advanced 2-1 on kicks to the Class C semifinals Oct. 26.
Leff recorded four saves in the contest in earning her eighth shutout of the year and bringing her saves total to 101, along with scoring a decisive kick in the five-vs.-five shootout.
The Blue Bombers will face the Seton Catholic Lady Knights in the Class C finals, as Paige Spittler scored her 12th goal of the season in the 27th minute in a 1-0 win against the Northern Adirondack Lady Bobcats.
Shannon Egan assisted on the goal, while Shannon Olsen made 10 saves in picking up her third shutout of the season for the Knights (8-9-0).
Jesslin Golovach made 11 saves for the Bobcats, finishing the year with 166 saves and five shutouts. The Bobcats finished the 2011 regular season with a record of 7-10-0.
The Section VII/Class C championship game will be played on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. between top-seeded Lake Placid and second-seeded Seton Catholic at AuSable Valley High School.
Class B boys
The fourth-seeded Peru Indians scored in the first minute of the second 10-minute overtime period as they defeated the fifth-seeded Saranac Chiefs, 2-1.
Justin Wiley scored the eventual golden goal for the Indians (8-7-1) in the 91st minute assisted by Ian Spear. The Indians had a 1-0 lead in the third minute of the game thanks to a William Thew goal, but Kyle Erikson scored the equalizer for the Chiefs (6-9-2) in the 68th minute off a Brandon Terry assist.
The Indians will play the Plattsburgh High Hornets (14-0-1) in the semifinals.
In the other half of the Bracket, the Beekmantown Eagles and Northeastern Clinton Cougars cruised into the semifinals.
The second-seeded Cougars (11-1-2) earned a 7-0 win against the AuSable Valley Patriots (0-15-0). Kyle McCarthy netted three goals for the Cougars, while Avery Trombley, Liam McDonough, Bo LeDuc and Austin Tetreault each scored once.
The third-seeded Eagles (10-5-0) scored a 6-0 win against the Saranac Lake Red Storm (2-11-0) as Zach Towle scored a pair of goals and Zach Brockway, MacCullen Cope, Brenden Carnright and Adam Goldfarb each scored once. Chris McIlroy made six saves for the shutout.
Class B girls
The AuSable Valley Lady Patriots gave it their best shot of the season, and were able to get the Plattsburgh High Lady Hornets into overtime.
However, the Hornets were able to take advantage of strong goalkeeping from Karlie Neale and two makes in the penalty shootout to score a win over the third-seeded Patriots and advance to the Section VII Class B final Nov. 4.
Brooke Knight opened the scoring in the 23rd minute to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead. Megan Colby then scored in the 25th and 45th minutes to give the Patriots a 2-1 lead before Knight hooked up with Marle Curle to equalize the game in the 64th minute, a score which would not change again.
Neale had six saves for the Hornets, while Taylor Saltus had seven in the loss for the Patriots.
The Hornets will face the top seed in Class B, as the Beekmantown Lady Eagles scored a 4-0 win over the Peru Lady Indians, two teams who tied in the last game of the regular season, spoiling the Eagles’ bid for an undefeated season.
Jess Huber scored the final three goals for the Eagles in the 32nd, 39th and 69th minutes, while Kallie Villemaire scored the opening goal of the game in the third minute.