September 28, 2013

Saranac needs rally to take down Northeastern Clinton

CHAMPLAIN — The Saranac girls’ soccer team came out flat Friday night.

The unbeaten Chiefs, however, rallied for three unanswered goals in the second half for a 3-1 victory over Northeastern Clinton in Northern Soccer League play.

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Following an emotional 1-0 victory on Wednesday against rival Beekmantown, Saranac found itself down, 1-0, at the half to the Cougars.

“After a big game like Beekmantown, I wasn’t that surprised we came out flat,” Saranac coach Mary LoTemplio said. “We just weren’t mentally ready to play at the start of the first half.”

Northeastern Clinton outplayed the Chiefs for the first 30 minutes of the game. The Cougars did a good job of putting and keeping pressure on Saranac’s back four, and had numerous scoring opportunities

“We played a strong first half,” NCCS coach Tim Surprenant said. “Saranac picked up their intensity during the second half and their key players made some plays.”

Midway through the first half, the Chiefs were called on a hand ball, which gave Northeastern Clinton a free kick just outside the box. Saranac goalie Jamie Favreau initially got a hand on the shot, but the ball deflected off the crossbar and the Cougars’ Katie Matott was able to sneak the ball into the back of the net.

The Chiefs came out with more energy in the second half, putting pressure on Northeastern Clinton goalie Christina Paola.

“It was a matter of us getting into the flow of the game,” LoTemplio said. “We just needed to play our style of play, which is possess the ball, winning it back and possessing it again.”

Not even 10 minutes into the second half, Paola made a save just outside the six-yard box, but Saranac’s Ellen Thew played the ball back in to Amy LoTemplio who was able put the ball in the goal and tie the score at one.

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