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.
At 20:13, Saranac’s Summer Gillespie had the eventual game-winner when she found some space way outside the 18-yard box and sailed a shot over Paola’s head into the net.
“I realized I had enough space to take a shot, so I tried to get it off and hoped it went in,” Gillespie said.
With just over 11 minutes left in the game, Gillespie added the final dagger on a beautiful header off a corner from Amy LoTemplio.
“Me and Amy really worked on it, and really tried to get that down,” Gillespie said. “I give that one to Amy.”
“I liked the head goal,” Mary LoTemplio added. “I think Summer is a creative and very strong player.”
Paola finished the game with seven saves, while Favreau ended with six.
“Christina Paola played a strong game in net,” Surprenant said.
The Chiefs will try to keep their winning streak alive Tuesday against Peru, while NCCS isn’t back in action again until Thursday, when it heads to Beekmantown.
Saranac 3, Northeastern Clinton 1
Saranac 0 3 — 3
NCCS 1 0 — 1
First half- 1, NCCS, Matott (McDonough), 11:50.
Second half- 1, Sar, LoTemplio (Thew), 7:47. 2, Sar, Gillespie, 19:47. 3, Sar, Gillespie (LoTemplio) 28:40.
Shots: Saranac 13, Northeastern Clinton 9.
Saves: Favreau, Sar, 6. Paola, NCCS, 7.
ELIZABETHTOWN-LEWIS 2, LAKE PLACID 1
LAKE PLACID — Lily Whalen scored the game-winning goal in the Lions’ upset of the Blue Bombers.
All the game’s scoring was done in the first half.
Jasmin Barnes put Elizabethtown-Lewis ahead at the 19:56 mark, but Sam Barney drew Lake Placid even at 26:22.
Whalen, however, tallied less than a minute later, at 27:17, to put the Lions back in front — this time to stay.
Lake Placid held an 18-7 advantage in shots. Emma Disogra was busy as she turned away 17 shots in the Lions’ nets, while Emily Barney made four saves for the Blue Bombers.
“The Elizabethtown-Lewis goalie played a great game and saved some tough shots,” Lake Placid coach Heather Brewer said. “They were able to capitalize on their scoring chances.”
Elizabethtown-Lewis 2, Lake Placid 1
Elizabethtown-Lewis 2 0 — 2
Lake Placid 1 0 — 1
First half- 1, E-L, Barnes (Whalen), 19:56. 2, LP, S. Barney (Goulette), 26:22. 3, E-L, Whalen (Decker), 27:17.
Shots: Lake Placid 18, Elizabethtown-Lewis 7.
Saves: E. Barney, LP, 4. Disogra, E-L, 17.
PLATTSBURGH — Shea Frady, who assisted on the Hornets’ first goal, tallied the game-winning goal in the second half.
Frady headed in Hailey McLaughlin’s corner kick to break a 1-all tie at the 25:12 mark.
“We did a nice job pressuring the ball in the second half and did more of the little things required to win a soccer game,” Plattsburgh coach Tim Mulligan said.
Ashlee Carper put Plattsburgh in front at 15:28 of the first half and Rachel Knapp answered for AuSable Valley at 22:36.
Both goalkeepers — the Hornets’ Alyssa Salls and the Patriots’ Bryce Douglass — made four saves. Plattsburgh held a 16-8 shot edge.
“Kelsey Senecal and McLaughlin were solid in the back for us,” Mulligan said. “Shea Frady is playing with more confidence every game. She helped create the first goal by beating a defender along the end line and laying it off to Ashlee Carper for the finish.
“Rachel Knapp was strong for AuSable Valley, as was defender Logan Snow.”
Plattsburgh 2, AuSable Valley 1
AuSable Valley 1 0 — 1
Plattsburgh 1 1 — 2
First half- 1, PHS, Carper (Frady), 15:28. 2, AVC, Knapp (Rondeau), 22:36.
Second half- 3, PHS, Frady (McLaughlin), 25:12.
Shots: Plattsburgh 16, AuSable Valley 8.
Saves: Salls, PHS, 4. Douglass, AVC, 4.
KEENE — Hanna Whitney’s goal at 9:20 of the second half provided the margin of difference in the Beavers’ victory over the Eagles.
Tucker Geiger recorded the shutout in the Keene nets with five saves and Hannah Looby stopped seven shots for Westport.
“Hanna Whitney had a great goal from right around the 18,” Keene coach Brittany Purdy said.
“Bailey VanNess played a solid game defensively for Keene and Cori-Anne Stoner was strong in the midfield. Brendee Russell played a great all-around game for Westport.”
Keene 1, Westport 0
Westport 0 0 — 0
Keene 0 1 — 1
Second half- 1, K, Whitney, 9:30.
Shots: Keene 15, Westport 8.
Saves: Geiger, K, 5. Looby, West, 7.
CROWN POINT 1, INDIAN LAKE/LONG LAKE 0
CROWN POINT — The Panthers controlled much of the play, but weren’t able to take the lead until Hunter Spaulding’s goal at 27:41 of the second half.
Torrie Vradenburg assisted on Spaulding’s game-winner.
Amanda Wolf posted the shutout in net with three saves and Madison Miller stopped nine shots for the Orange, who were outshot by a 10-3 margin.
“Crown Point dominated the game but had trouble getting good shots off,” Crown Point coach Jayna Andersen said. “It wasn’t our best game of the season, but a win’s a win.”
Crown Point 1, Indian Lake/Long Lake 0
Indian Lake/Long Lake 0 0 — 0
Crown Point 0 1 — 1
Second half- 1, CP, Spaulding (Vradenburg), 27:41.
Shots: Crown Point 10, Indian Lake/Long Lake 3.
Saves: Wolf, CP, 3. Miller, IL/LL, 9.
WILLSBORO — Rachel Pombrio scored the first three goals of the game to power the Eagles past the Warriors.
Hannah Laurin also tallied in the first half to give Chazy a 4-0 halftime lead.
Heidi Kreckel and Skyler Thomas added second-half goals to complete the scoring.
Logan Baker was in net for the shutout with three saves and Stephanie Blanchard made 16 stops for Willsboro. Chazy held a 25-4 shot advantage.
“Chazy played a very good game,” Willsboro coach Mike Douglas said. “Rachel Pombrio had an excellent game with three goals before halftime and Hannah Laurin also played well.
“I give my girls a lot of credit. They never gave up and played until the final whistle. I was pleased with their effort. Tory Wade and Bridget Moran played very well for us.”
Chazy 6, Willsboro 0
Chazy 4 2 — 6
Willsboro 0 0 — 0
First half- 1, C, Pombrio (LaPorte), 23:21. 2, C, Pombrio, 30:39. 3, C, Pombrio (H. Laurin), 32:00. 4, C, H. Laurin (Gonyo), 37:46.
Second half- 5, C, Kreckel (LaPorte), 15:58. 6, C, Thomas (Gilmore), 18:38.
Shots: Chazy 25, Willsboro 4.
Saves: Baker, C, 3. Blanchard, Wills, 16.
BEEKMANTOWN — Kallie Villemaire poured in four goals and added an assist as the Eagles bounced back from a tough loss to Saranac earlier in the week with a one-sided win over the Red Storm.
Kiley Regan added a goal and two assists, Lindsey Gonyea a goal, Bethany Simpson a goal and Courtney Wilson three assists.
Beekmantown jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the half on a goal by Gonyea and the next three by Villemaire.
Lauren O’Connor recorded the shutout with 11 saves and Katy Hunt stopped 20 shots for Saranac Lake.
“This was a nice performance on both ends of the field for us,” Beekmantown coach Pete Bursik said. “After the loss on Wednesday to Saranac, I thought we came in with a great attitude.
“I thought Saranac Lake played hard throughout the game even though they are without a few players due to injuries. Katelyn Hewitt and Sheila Decker played well for them.”
Beekmantown 7, Saranac Lake 0
Saranac Lake 0 0 — 0
Beekmantown 4 3 — 7
First half- 1, Beek, Gonyea (Wilson), 3:32. 2, Beek, Ka. Villemaire (Guynup), 18:13. 3, Beek, Ka. Villemaire (Regan), 22:32. 4, Beek, Ka. Villemaire (Wilson), 33:20.
Second half- 5, Beek, Regan (Ka. Villemaire), 10:38. 6, Beek, Ka. Villemaire (Regan), 28:28. 7, Beek, Simpson (Wilson), 34:19.
Shots: Beekmantown 28, Saranac Lake 11.
Saves: O’Connor, Beek, 11. Hunt, SL, 20.
MINERVA — It was the Makenzie Winslow Show as the Mountaineer standout scored a career-high five goals.
Winslow tallied four goals in the opening half and added her fifth with under two minutes gone in the second stanza.
“This helped her surpass her total goals scored from last season with four games in the regular season left to go,” Minerva/Newcomb coach Candice Gereau said.
Mary LaBar needed to make just one save for the shutout and Molly Wisser turned away eight shots for the Wildcats.
Minerva/Newcomb 5, Schroon Lake 0
Schroon Lake 0 0 — 0
Minerva/Newcomb 4 1 — 5
First half- 1, M/N, Winslow (Mather), 2:53. 2, M/N, Winslow, 3:56. 3, M/N, Winslow, 15:54. 4, M/N, Winslow, 18:01.
Second half- 5, M/N, Winslow, 1:04.
Shots: Minerva/Newcomb 14, Schroon Lake 1.
Saves: LaBar, M/N, 1. Wisser, SL, 8.
Editor’s Note: Results from the Seton Catholic/Moriah and Northern Adirondack/Ticonderoga games were not received by press time.