SARANAC — Don’t be fooled by the 1-0 score.
It could have just as easily been 4-3.
That’s how fantastic Saranac’s Jamie Favreau and Beekmantown’s Lauren O’Connor played in net Wednesday night.
Ellen Thew tallied the only goal of the game in the Chiefs’ win in a Northern Soccer League Division I girls’ soccer showdown.
“It was a great game to be part of,” Saranac coach Mary LoTemplio said. “We knew Beekmantown was going to put up a good fight — they have a proud history of success and we knew we would have to take it from them.
“Both teams played very well and gave it their best.”
Favreau and O’Connor, however, were the stars of the contest. Both made numerous outstanding saves.
Favreau, in fact, came off her line to stop Beekmantown breakaways in the first and second half against the speedy Eagle forwards, led by Kallie Villemaire.
“When I come off my line like that, I can’t hesitate,” Favreau said. “I’m going hard for the ball and can’t be scared.”
The only goal came at the 29:00 mark of the opening half.
Kayla Napper took a shot on goal that O’Connor made a sliding save on. But a scramble ensued on the rebound and Thew was in front to give Saranac the lead.
“That’s just about the only way you’re going to score on her (O’Connor),” LoTemplio said.
Players on both teams, not just the keepers, turned in stellar performance in a back-and-forth contest that didn’t lack for excitement.
“I would have to say the two goalies were the standouts in the game,” LoTemplio said. “But the players on both teams were at their best (Wednesday).
“It was still a good team effort for us and I can’t single out players. That wouldn’t be fair with how well everyone played.”
“It was a team effort,” Favreau said. “We had to score to win the game.”
It was a huge win for the Chiefs (9-0, 7-0) in the Division I standings. Saranac had defeated the Eagles, 1-0, earlier in the season.
“That puts us two games up on Beekmantown, which is right behind us,” LoTemplio said. “That gives us a good chance to win the division if we can finish the job against the rest of the teams we play.”
“Without a doubt, it was a big win,” Favreau said. “If we would have lost, we would have to kick butt the rest of the way.”
Saranac 1, Beekmantown 0
Beekmantown 0 0 — 0
Saranac 1 0 — 1
First half- 1, Sar, Thew (Napper), 29:00.
Shots: Saranac 12, Beekmantown 10.
Saves: Favreau, Sar, 8. O’Connor, Beek, 9.
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