SARANAC LAKE — David Cluckey scored the game-winning goal at 27:05 of the first half Friday and Saranac Lake knocked off defending Division I champion Northeastern Clinton, 2-1, in Northern Soccer League season-opening play.
Devin Cowan gave the Red Storm the lead just 3:07 into the contest, but Nick Leduc answered for the Cougars, with Austin Tetreault assisting, at the 24:03 mark.
Cluckey then tallied the game-winner three minutes later.
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Oliver Holmes turned aside nine shots in the Saranac Lake nets and Brady Vassar had 12 stops for the Cougars.
“Our goal was to come out, score early and take control of the tempo of the game — which for the most of the first half we did,” Saranac Lake coach Josh Marlow said. “But we made a mistake on defense and they were quick to make us pay for it.
“I have to give Northeastern Clinton credit — they really pushed the tempo in the second half, which got us out of our rhythm. They’re a great team and well coached. I was impressed with the play of Rodney Grimshaw and Austin Tetreault for them.”
Saranac Lake 2, NCCS 1
NCCS 1 0 — 1
Saranac Lake 2 0 — 2
First half- 1, SL, Cowan, 3:07. 2, NCCS, Leduc (Tetreault), 24:03. 3, SL, Cluckey, 27:05.
Shots: Saranac Lake 14, NCCS 10.
Saves: Holmes, SL, 9, Vassar, NCCS, 12.
CENTER MORICHES 3, CHAZY 2
CHAZY — The Eagles (2-1) lost a rare game when Long Island’s Center Moriches, which finished 12th in the state in Class B last year and won the state championship in 2009, got three goals from Jake Sweeney in a non-league win.
Josh Barriere pulled Chazy into a 2-all tie with 29:02 gone in the second half. But Sweeney tallied the game-winning goal with 9:11 remaining in regulation.
Sweeney gave the visitors the lead 9:55 into the first half before Gage Ducatte answered for the Eagles at 31:25.