Saranac Lake goalie Ricky Schmidt and defender Jessie Ettinger try to get the ball out of the penalty are and away from Peru attackers, including Andrew Kneussle.
In a week that started with a 9-0 loss against the out-for-vengeance after their first league loss Chazy Eagles, the Lake Placid Blue Bombers found themselves on the short end of what appeared to be another trouncing Sept. 28.
Clay Sherman scored in the 50th minute to give the Willsboro Warriors a 5-1 lead against the Blue Bombers, which appeared to all but seal the game as an easy win for the top team in Division II.
The Bombers, however, fought back scoring three goals in an 11-minute span before falling, 5-4.
“We were playing good and getting opportunities,” Bombers head coach Jon Fremante said. “I told the kids at halftime that we just had to go out and play our game of soccer.”
Sherman scored all five goals for the Warriors, hitting the back of the net in the fourth (Jeff Bigelow), 12th (Bigelow), 15th (Brandon Bertrand), 31st and 50th (Bigelow) minutes.
Haile Thompson scored the lone goal for the Blue Bombers in the first half in the 39th minute to cut the lead at that time to 4-1 off an assist by Andrew Meister.
In the second half, Thompson scored on a crossing play from Justin Stosiek in the 51st minute to cut the lead to 5-2. Hunter Wilson then scored on a breakaway attempt and assist from Meister, while Eddie Kane took a direct kick from the foot of Kyle Shipman and found the back of the net in the 62nd minute to bring the Bombers within one at 5-4.
The Bombers were able to get some shots at distance onto the Willsboro goal in the final 20 minutes, but were unable to score the equalizer.
“They have a great defense, and we knew that we had to move the ball well and get off clean passes in order to beat the defense and get scoring chances,” Fremante said. “On the fourth goal, Shipman put the ball right where I told him to. It was a great play.”
Cody Sayward had six saves in the net for the Warriors, while Morrison had 10 saves for the Bombers.
“There are still a couple areas that we need to strengthen as we get into the second half of the season,” Fremante said. “We need to work on our defense a little more. There are still areas for improvement.”
Hornets, Cougars scoreless
The Plattsburgh High Hornets and Northeastern Clinton Cougars were unable to decide anything in their Sept. 28 meeting, as the two teams were unable to score in a 0-0 draw.
The result kept the two teams tied in Division I with matching 5-0-1 league records.
Plattsburgh held a 9-7 shot advantage in the 100-minute game, with Chris Roenbeck turning aside five shots for the Hornets and Josh Rabideau making seven saves for the Cougars.
Chiefs shutout Patriots
The Saranac Chiefs scored a goal in each half as they defeated the AuSable Valley Patriots 2-0 Sept. 28.
Kolby Keysor opened the scoring with 18 seconds remaining in the 40th minute on an assist from Michael Conway on a corner kick to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Keysor then scored in the 48th minute on a Kyle Erickson cross.
Nick Rhino made 10 saves for the Patriots, which was matched by 10 saves from Chiefs goalie Bill Badger.
Indians down Red Storm
Ian Spear netted a hat trick and the Peru Indians netted two goals in each half for a 4-1 win against the Saranac Lake Red Storm Sept. 28.
Spear scored his first on a run through the middle of the Red Storm defense in the 32nd minute. Spear had another chance in the 40th minute to beat the defense, and was tripped, leading to a direct kick that he put into the net for a 2-0 halftime lead.
In the 46th minute, Spear again scored, unassisted, while Jacob Dick scored 25 seconds later to give the Indians a 4-0 lead.
Tyler Rondeau scored the lone goal for the Red Storm in the 78th minute off an assist from Brad Pareira.
Lions beat Knights
The Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions scored twice in the second half to score a 3-1 victory over the Seton Catholic Knights Sept. 27.
Brody Hooper opened the scoring for the Lions off an assist from Charlie Huttig in the 22nd minute, the lone goal of the first half.
Tyler White scored on a Hunter Mowery assist in the 43rd minute before Ren Wakatuski scored on an Adam Tedford assist in the 45th minute for the Knights to cut the Lions lead to 2-1.
Hooper supplied an insurance goal in the 71st minute off a Mowery assist.
Keagan Briggs kept the Knights in the game with 26 saves, while Lions keeper Brock Marvin had one.
Chazy dominates Westport
The Chazy Eagles scored early and often in an 11-0 route of the Westport Eagles Sept. 28.
Brandon Laurin tallied a hat trick on assists from Nelson Pelton, Jordan Barriere and Alex Sweet; while Pelton scored a pair of goals on assists from Drake and Barriere; and Brett Giroux scored a pair, with the second assisted by Sweet.
Sweet also added his own tally, along with Craig Botten, Justin Brothers and Derek Drake.
Ethan Markwica made 23 saves in net for Westport.
Chiefs beat Bobcats in five
After taking a lead of 2-0 in games, the Saranac Chiefs were tied by the Northern Adirondack Bobcats before scoring a win in the decisive fifth game Sept. 28.
The Chiefs scored wins of 25-20 and 28-26 in the opening two games before the Bobcats scored a 25-23 and 25-17 win to level games at two apiece. The Chiefs won the fifth game by a 25-23 score.
Sara Wood led the Chiefs attack with 11 kills and five aces, while Samantha Aierle had three aces and seven assists; Jasmine Barnard added 11 assists, five aces and 12 digs.
Nicole Durnin 16 kills and eight aces offensively to go with six digs for the Bobcats, while Tessa King chipped in with 16 kills and 10 digs. Ariel Filion added 16 assists, 12 digs and three aces.
Indians sweep Patriots
The Peru Indians scored wins of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-18 to sweep past the AuSable Valley Patriots Sept. 28.
Abby Higgins had 16 digs defensively to go with six kills for the Indians, while Paige Moore had five kills and six digs, Breanna Martineau had five digs; Sam Banker had seven assists to go with four aces; Callie Garcia had seven digs and Lea Perry had six assists, four kills and three digs.
Belle O'Toole's had 11 assists to go with eight digs and five kills for the Patriots. Mirranda Sheffer added seven digs.
Hornets beat Red Storm in three
The Plattsburgh High Hornets scored wins of 25-14, 25-18 and 25-19 to defeat the Saranac Lake Red Storm in three straight games Sept. 28.
Kianna Dragoon directed the Hornets offense with 10 assists, while Kadijah Brown had five kills; Taylor Witkiewicz, Katie Dwyer and Kayla Boise had three kills. Witkiewicz and Samantha Malcolm had three aces each.
Abigail Smith had four aces and two kills for the Red Storm, while Nicole Viscardo had five digs and Emily Fountain had four assists.