CANTON — The Saranac girls’ soccer team used a relentless offensive attack to suffocate its opponents throughout the course of the fall en route to an unbeaten record.
That didn’t change Wednesday.
High School Sports Magazine
The Chiefs (16-0-1) received two goals from Ellen Thew in their 4-0 blanking of Canton in the NYSPHSAA Class B regional semifinals at SUNY Canton Wednesday.
“We were able to create numerous chances throughout,” Saranac coach Mary LoTemplio said. “We got pressure up front and played a well-rounded game.”
Thew used her speed to open the game’s scoring, blowing by four Golden Bears (14-5) defenseman and beating netminder Katie Clemmer with a finesse move.
“Fortunately, I was able to get the ball out in front of me and make a run at it,” Thew said. “It was all about timing. Once I received the pass from Amy, it was off to the races.”
With the Chiefs maintaining a one-goal advantage, Thew was tripped up inside the box on a potential scoring opportunity. Amy LoTemplio was chosen to take the kick and fired a hard shot into the far-side corner of the net at 37:38.
“Amy’s our go-to player when it comes to penalty kicks,” Mary LoTemplio said. “She doesn’t really ever let the pressure get to her. That was a big goal because we needed that two-goal cushion before facing the wind in the second half.”
Leading 2-0, Saranac led shots 3-0 and corner kicks 4-0 through the first 40 minutes of play.
Playing straight into the wind in the second half, Thew picked up her second goal on a point-blank opportunity at the 16:19 mark.
Then, Summer Gillespie extended the Chiefs’ differential to a four-goal margin. After Amy LoTemplio took a direct kick from 30 yards out, Summer Gillespie converted on a cross in front.