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September 20, 2013

Rodney Grimshaw comes through for Cougars


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PLATTSBURGH — The Northeastern Clinton boys needed more than 79 minutes to find the back of the net Thursday.

But Rodney Grimshaw’s goal came just in time to win the game.



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Grimshaw capitalized on a header inside the 18-yard box with 21 seconds remaining in regulation as the Cougars defeated Plattsburgh High 1-0 in Northern Soccer League play.

“This is a tough one to lose,” Hornets coach Chris LaRose said. “We had numerous chances throughout the game to put one in, but our last touch pass was just off the mark. We were dangerous in their end all game long, but we just could not get that first goal.”

Jordan Birlotti’s direct kick, which led to Grimshaw’s goal, was the result of a foul that occurred in the waning seconds of the game.

“A Plattsburgh High-Northeastern Clinton game usually comes down to who can score that crucial first goal, and unfortunately for us, they did that with 21 seconds left,” LaRose said. “I was very pleased with our team effort (Thursday). That is why I feel so terrible for the boys. They left everything out there on the field. Northeastern Clinton created a break when they needed one.”

The Hornets held the advantage in shots on goal in the match 14-10.

Brady Vassar registered nine saves in net for Northeastern Clinton in the win. Mike Stetz totaled seven saves for Plattsburgh.

“Now, we need to buckle down and focus,” LaRose said. “I thought Northeastern Clinton as a whole played well. For us, I though J.D. Side had his best game of the young season. John Fine-Lease anchored the back well for us.”

Northeastern Clinton 1, Plattsburgh High 0

Northeastern Clinton 0 1 — 1

Plattsburgh High 0 0 — 0

Second half- 1, NCCS, Grimshaw (Birlotti), 39:39.

Shots: Plattsburgh High 14, Northeastern Clinton 10

Saves: Vassar, NCCS, 9. Stetz, PHS, 7.

Chazy 1, Willsboro 0 (OT)

WILLSBORO — The Eagles controlled play all evening, outshooting the Warriors 26-0. But they didn’t put a shot in the net until overtime, when Tyler Hicks scored from Josh Barriere 51 seconds in.

“The winning goal came on a very nice through ball from Josh Barriere inside of midfield,” Willsboro coach Andrew Lee said. “It split the outside defenders and midfield. Tyler Hicks was able to quickly track the ball down and score.”

Trent Blais didn’t have to make any saves to earn the shutout. Lucas Cross had 15 stops for the Warriors.

“The play was in Willsboro’s defensive end,” Lee said. “We wanted to limit Chazy’s shots from the middle of the field, and for the most part we accomplished our game plan. Willsboro wasn’t able to create any type of offense due to Chazy’s well-positioned defenders and their ability to quickly reset their offensive attack.

“I can’t say enough of how proud I am of the effort and teamwork that we played with (Thursday). Games like this make it fun to be a part of.”

Chazy 1, Willsboro 0 (OT)

Chazy 0 0 1 — 1

Willsboro 0 0 0 — 0

Overtime- 1, C, Hicks (Barriere), 0:51.

Shots: Chazy 26, Willsboro 0.

Saves: Blais, C, 0. Cross, Wills, 15.

Saranac Lake 3, Peru 1

SARANAC LAKE — Devin Cowan scored three first-half goals as the Red Storm managed a two-goal defeat of the Indians.

“Going into this game, we knew it was going to be a showdown of two of the top teams,” Saranac Lake coach Joshua Marlow said. “They have a great midfield, and we knew that we had to play good defense, which we did for 75 minutes.

“Our game plan was to get control of the game in the first half and play good defense. I thought that Devin Cowan had a great night as did our keeper, Logan Wood and Aaron Noel.”

Blake Battistoni, Ethan Sawyer and Bradley Shumway each tallied assists on Cowan’s three scores.

Andrew Kneussle scored for Peru.

Oliver Holmes fended off 10 shots in net for the Red Storm, while Guy Loveless totaled five for the Indians.

Saranac Lake 3, Peru 1

Peru 0 1 — 1

Saranac Lake 3 0 — 1

First half- 1, SL, Cowan (Battistoni), 10:30. 2, SL, Cowan (Sawyer), 18:51. 3, SL, Cowan (Shumway), 21:54.

Second half- 4, P, Kneussle, 35:53.

Shots: Peru 11. Saranac Lake 9.

Saves: Holmes, SL, 10. Loveless, P, 5.

Indian Lake/Long Lake 2, Keene 1 (OT)

INDIAN LAKE — Shane Short’s second goal of the match with seven seconds gone in overtime helped the Orange to a one-goal defeat of the Beavers.

Short opened the game’s scoring with 5:10 remaining in the first half. Zolonek Vyhnis was credited with the assist.

Gabe Warner, however, helped Keene with the equalizer at 23:07 of the second half.

Short’s game-winning tally was unassisted.

Henry Sandiford made 10 saves in net for Indian Lake/Long Lake, while Colton Venner registered four for Keene.

The Orange held the advantage in shots on goal, 11-10.

Indian Lake/Long Lake 2, Keene 1 (OT)

Keene 0 1 0 — 1

Indian Lake/Long Lake 1 0 1 — 2

First half- 1, IL/LL, Short (Vhynis), 34:50.

Second half- 2, K, Warner, 23:07.

Overtime- 3, IL/LL, Short, 0:07.

Shots: Indian Lake/Long Lake 11. Keene 10.

Saves: Sandiford, IL/LL, 10. Venner, K, 4.

Lake Placid 2, Westport 0

LAKE PLACID — Nzoni Thompson accounted for one goal and one assist in the Blue Bombers’ two-goal win.

After a brilliant start, Lake Placid pounced at 13:07. Thompson opened the game’s scoring with a sharp shot inside the 6-yard box. Miles Lussi had the assist.

In the second half, Stuart Baird scored to make it 2-0. Baird, a freshman, gained possession of a bouncing ball to score his third goal of the season.

“Chris Kordziel recorded his fourth shutout in five games, while Lucas Strack, Casey Dinicola and Conner Preston contained the Westport front line,” Blue Bombers coach Stuart Hemsley said. “We have four returning starters and a brand new defense. It’s going to click real soon when they get the confidence I have in them.”

Sam Napper accumulated 12 saves for the Eagles.

Lake Placid 2, Westport 0

Westport 0 0 — 0

Lake Placid 1 1 — 2

First half- 1, LP, Thompson (Lussi), 13:07.

Second half- 2, LP, Baird (Thompson).

Shots: Lake Placid 18. Westport 8.

Saves: Napper, W, 12. Kordziel, LP, 6.

Crown Point 5, Johnsburg 0

JOHNSBURG — Noah Macey netted his hat-trick goal with 42.8 seconds remaining in regulation as the Panthers cruised past the Jaguars.

Judd Brobander and Chance Potter also scored for Crown Point in its five-goal win.

Brobander, Kolley Pertak, Jaice Spring and Joe Foote all recorded assists in the match.

Brendan Crowing was credited with the shutout in net, stopping eight shots.

Ty Berg made seven saves for Johnsburg.

Crown Point 5, Johnsburg 0

Crown Point 2 3 — 5

Johnsburg 0 0 — 0

First half- 1, CP, Macey (Pertak), 18:30. 2, CP, Brobander (Spring), 32:30.

Second half- 3, CP, Macey (Foote), 17:02. 4, CP, Potter (Brobander), 38:13. 5, CP, Macey, 39:17.

Shots: Johnsburg 20. Crown Point 12.

Saves: Crowning, CP, 8. Berg, J, 7.

Saranac 4, AuSable Valley 0

CLINTONVILLE — Austin Myers and Aaron Cross both registered a goal and an assist to help the Chiefs beat the Patriots.

Myers scored four minutes into the game, and Brian Menia made it 2-0 in the middle of the first half. Cross assisted on Chris Fall’s goal in the second half and then scored on an assist from Myers.

Jarrett Wright made 11 saves for the shutout. Jimmy Provost had 14 stops in the AuSable Valley nets.

Saranac 4, AuSable Valley 0

Saranac 2 2 — 4

AuSable Valley 0 0 — 0

First half- 1, Sar, Myers (Louis), 4:00. 2, Sar, Menia (Grato), 26:08.

Second half- 3, Sar, Fall (Cross), 25:50. 4, Sar, Cross (Myers), 29:42.

Shots: Saranac 21, AuSable Valley 21.

Saves: Wright, Sar, 11. Provost, AV, 14.