The Northern Soccer League’s Division I proved to be one of the most competitive divisions this season.
Five of the seven teams finished with records well-above .500.
Beekmantown laid claim to the regular season title, and captured the Section VII Class B championship with a victory over Plattsburgh, which finished the year at 10-7-1.
Saranac Lake (8-5-1) and Northeastern Clinton (8-5-4) were also strong contenders in Division I and Class B this season.
Peru (10-5-2) was the lone Class A representative in Section VII, but proved it belonged by making it to the state regional title game. The Indians suffered a heartbreaking loss in overtime to Averill Park.
AuSable Valley was awarded the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award.
The all-star teams and awards were selected by the NSL coaches.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Jacob Dick (Peru)- Dick, a senior, was a captain and four-year starter for the Indians this season. He finished his career as a three-time all-star and proved to come through in the clutch for Peru. Dick had 14 goals and 12 assists for the Indians this year, nine of those goals were game-winners.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Josh Marlow (Saranac Lake)- Marlow, in his first season with the Red Storm, guided them to an 8-5-1 record. He had spent five years with Saranac Lake’s JV squad before making the move to the varsity this season. The Red Storm made it to the Section VII Class B semifinals, before dropping a 2-1 decision to Plattsburgh.
Austin Tetreault (Northeastern Clinton)- Tetreault, a second-year all-star, used his quickness and excellent foot skills to excel on offense for the Cougars. He played a pivotal role in the team’s offensive strategy, and finished with 13 goals and four assists.
John Fine-Lease (Plattsburgh)- Fine-Lease, a senior, was the sweeper and two-year starter for the Hornets. He was the anchor on defense for Plattsburgh in both his junior and senior seasons. Fine-Lease has great foot skills and helped in many of the Hornets’ counterattacks.