CHAMPLAIN — The Lake Placid boys’ soccer team broke loose for three second-half goals Saturday and blanked AuSable Valley, 4-0, in the consolation game of the NCCS/Pizza Hut Cougars Classic.
Ryan Damp gave the Blue Bombers (1-1) the lead in the first half, while Damp, Miles Lussi and Andrew Meister then all tallied in the final 40 minutes.
Lake Placid, which dropped a 1-0 contest to Peru in the opening round, finished with a 16-4 advantage in shots on goal.
“The AuSable Valley goalie (Jimmy Provost) made multiple saves in the first half to keep it a 1-0 game,” said Lake Placid coach Stewart Hemsley. “Picking scraps like Ryan Damps’ two goals, to creating space for Miles Lussi’s quality strike and Andrew Meister’s dead ball delivery that goes in makes it a wrap.
“The first game of the season is full of emotion, passion and players not up to speed. Today, we improved as we hope to do all season. We still have lots of work to do, but this is why we coaches love to coach.”
Lake Placid 4, AuSable Valley 0
Lake Placid 1 3 — 4
AuSable Valley 0 0 — 0
First half- 1, LP, Damp (Lussi), 25:02.
Second half- 2, LP, Damp (Meister), 12:07. 3, LP, Lussi (Kane), 27:37. 4, LP, Meister, 31:15.
Shots: Lake Placid 16, AuSable Valley 4.
Saves: Mohr (2) Kordiel (2), LP, 4. Provost, AVC, 12.