RICKY ST. CLAIR Press-Republican
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.
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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.
Canton wasn’t able to record a shot through the first 60 minutes of play.
“That’s a credit to our defense, really,” Thew said. “Everybody back there played so well (Wednesday), eliminating scoring chances and winning 50-50 balls. It gives us confidence up front.”
Amy LoTemplio finished with two assists, while Kayla Napper tallied an assist on Thew’s second goal.
Saranac’s Jamie Favreau picked up her fifth shutout between the pipes, totaling four saves in the four-goal win. Clemmer totaled three saves for Canton.
“She’s been the backbone of our defense all year,” Mary LoTemplio said. “She bails us out when we do commit mistakes in our own end. Canton had quality back-to-back chances in the second half, but she stood tall.”
The Chiefs will play Section III Marcellus at a site yet to be determined Saturday. The Mustangs, who have outscored their opponents 127-11, defeated Section II Schalmont 2-0 Tuesday.
“We had a scout at the Marcellus-Schalmont game, so we’re going to watch that tape on our way home,” Mary LoTemplio said. “We’re going to make our practice plan (Thursday) and the next day. They’re going to be the best team we’ve seen this year, I’m sure. We’re going to have to come out and play our best game in order to compete with them.”
Saranac 4, Canton 0
Saranac 2 2 — 4
Canton 0 0 — 0
First half- 1, SCS, Thew (LoTemplio), 7:44. 2, SCS, LoTemplio, 37:38 (PK).
Second half- 3, SCS, Thew (Napper), 16:19. 4, SCS, Gillespie (LoTemplio), 26:40.
Shots: Saranac 8. Canton 5.
Saves: Favreau, SCS, 4. Clemmer, C, 3.