Plattsburgh High's Brooke Knight looks to hold onto the ball as AuSable Valley's Hannah Baer applies defensive pressure in the Division I season opener Sept. 8. The Hornets scored a 2-1 victory, as Knight scored the opening goal of the game.
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.”
Seton Catholic 4, Willsboro 0
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 4, NCCS 2
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 2, Saranac Lake 0
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 3, Moriah 0
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.
Lake Placid 2, ELCS 0
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.