September 1, 2013

Chiefs turn away Bobcats for Pre-season Invitational title

SARANAC — Northern Adirondack may have caught Saranac off guard Saturday.

The Bobcats jumped ahead 11:08 into their girls’ soccer game.

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“I think they were a little surprised that NAC was as good as they were,” Saranac coach Mary LoTemplio said of the Chiefs. “I think they were expecting something a little different, and I think they thought they were gong to just pass it around them and have a nice, easy outing. And NAC, they’re not the team that you can have a nice, easy outing on.”

The Chiefs answered eight minutes later, took a lead into halftime and beat the Bobcats 4-2 in the Saranac Pre-season Invitational championship game.

After Makenna Magee put Northern Adirondack ahead by sending in a rebound, Ellen Thew tied the game from the left side and then tallied the go-ahead goal with a similar shot into the far corner at 35:06.

Thew, a junior who missed all of last season with an injury, is a standout, but LoTemplio said she’s not the Chiefs’ only weapon.

“There’s a lot of players out here on our team that can contribute, including Ellen,” LoTemplio said. “She’s going to score her share of goals, but we’ve got a whole team of talent here.” The coach added that Kayla Napper played well up top, and Summer Gillespie made some good plays.

Saranac didn’t take long to extend its lead in the second half. In the fourth minute, Northern Adirondack goalkeeper Anna Lashway stopped a Napper shot and the rebound, but Napper stuck with it and found the net on the third try. Thew assisted. Three minutes later, Napper set up Gillespie to make it 4-1.

Northern Adirondack pulled back within two goals 12 seconds later, when Rachael Venne lifted a shot over Saranac keeper Jamie Favreau’s head.

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