PERU — Plattsburgh High boys’ soccer coach Chris LaRose had this week circled on his calendar since the Northern Soccer League schedule was finalized April 25.
Forty-eight hours removed from upsetting No. 18 Saranac Lake, the Hornets (5-3) picked up their second consecutive Division I win with a 3-2 defeat of Peru Thursday.
“I told the boys this week, ‘This is our homecoming,’” LaRose said. “We don’t have the (Seton Catholic) game on Saturday when the football team was still in existence. So I told them, ‘Your homecoming games are playing No. 18 Saranac Lake and Class A Peru. Make them both count.’ Fortunately, we’ve been able to do that.”
Garrett Frady and Yanis Yahiaoui combined for three goals and one assist in the one-goal victory.
Frady, a senior captain, opened scoring with 22:18 gone in the first half.
“The ball hit off the goalie’s hand, and it was about five inches off the end line,” Frady said. “It was diagonal from the post, so I gave it a tap. Luckily, it went in.”
After Indians (4-4-1) forward Peter Daly sent home an Ian Spear one-time feed to tie the game at 1-all, Yahiaoui got on the score sheet.
The junior forward ripped a shot from 30 yards out, putting Plattsburgh High up 2-1 with 31 seconds remaining before the halftime break.
“I saw that time was running out, so I just let one go with my left foot,” Yahiaoui said. “Momentum-wise, that was a huge goal for our team.”
The Hornets led shots 11-3 and corner kicks 5-1 in the first 40 minutes of play.
“We know that Peru has got some tremendous speed, so we had to play a little bit of keep-away and maintain possession,” LaRose said. “I said, ‘The best way to make ourselves successful is have the other team chase us. If we possess, we’ll win. If we chase, we’ll struggle.’ (Thursday), we were able to possess better in the first half.”