September 6, 2013

Napper lifts Chiefs over Eagles in girls' soccer

BEEKMANTOWN — In Thursday’s Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls’ soccer opener, Saranac kept a close watch on Beekmantown’s Kallie Villemaire and the Eagles on the Chiefs’ Ellen Thew.

That left Kayla Napper to score the lone goal of the game in the Chiefs’ 1-0 victory.

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Napper’s game-winning goal came at 15:50 of the first half and was assisted by Kaitlyn Bowman. Napper sent a shot inside the far post from the top of the 18.

“Summer Gillespie played a heck of a game marking Villemaire and Reagan Fesette for us on Thew,” Beekmantown coach Pete Bursik said. “It seemed the plan for both teams was to keep the leading scorers from deciding the game.”

The Eagles held a 19-13 edge in shots on goal, with Jamie Favreau recording the shutout with 15 saves. Lauren O’Connor stopped nine shots for the Eagles.

“I felt we controlled more of the play in the first half, but we didn’t finish and they scored the lone goal,” Bursik said.

“It went back and forth in the second half, and the defenses for both teams outplayed the offense.”

Saranac 1, Beekmantown 0

Saranac 1 0 — 1

Beekmantown 0 0 — 0

First half- 1, Sar, Napper (Bowman), 15:50.

Shots: Beekmantown 19, Saranac 13.

Saves: O’Connor, Beek, 9. Favreau, Sar, 15.



PERU — Rachael Sheldrick’s goal with 2:19 left in regulation lifted the Indians past the Hornets.

Following a scoreless first half, Lindsey Bushey went down the right wing and crossed the ball to Sam Spear, who found the net at 29:39.

Plattsburgh, however, came back to tie it with 4:43 remaining when Brooke Knight took a pass from Hailey McLaughlin and placed the ball into the corner.

That set the stage for Sheldrick’s game-winning goal. Bushey passed the ball to Spear, who then found an open Sheldrick.

Peru held a 12-8 shot advantage. Brittany Minor (4) and Kara Barber (3) combined for seven saves in the Indians’ nets, and Alyssa Salls stopped 10 shots for the Hornets.

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