Girls' Class B
Plattsburgh High (13-5-3)
vs. Potsdam (13-1-4)
Chazy, 5 p.m.
(Winner to face Marcellus (3)-Tamarac (2) winner Saturday in Albany or Syracuse area)
Last year: Salmon River 1, NCCS 0
Plattsburgh was only 4-4-1 on Sept. 27, but went on a 9-1-1 tear in which the Hornets allowed only five goals; three of which came in a 3-1 loss to NCCS. The Hornets have won their last seven and enter today's game with a string of five straight shutouts.
Plattsburgh avenged two regular-season losses to NCCS with a 1-0 victory in the Section VII Class B championship. It was the Hornets' first Section VII crown since 2003 (Class A). They won three Class B titles from 1999-2002. Their 13 wins is the most for a PHS team since 2003 and just two short of the school record of 15 set in 1994.
Sophomore Sarah Carter (24-8) is well on her way to becoming the school's all-time leading scorer by the time her PHS career is complete. Alicia Stanton has emerged as a big threat during the Hornets' second-half surge. She had just two assists before Sept. 27, but has contributed eight goals and four assists since.
Emily Higgins, who has allowed just 19 goals in 21 games, is the backbone of a solid, veteran defense that has not given up a goal in its last 467 minutes of soccer.
That scoreless streak no doubt will put to a stiff test today trying to keep Potsdam off the board. The Sandstoners has eight girls with 17 points or more. They have three excellent weapons in Ginette Cornett (15-11), Kaila Maguire (13-18) and Alissa Tischler (13-12).
The top seed in Section X Class B, Potsdam polished off Salmon River, 1-0, and Gouverneur, 4-0. The Sandstoners scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the final with Gouverneur.
Joe Stark is in his 18th season as Potsdam coach with a 222-107-47 record.
Plattsburgh High Hornets
1. Emily Higgins11019
Ginette Cornett15 11
Kaila Maguire13 18
Alissa Tischler13 12
Greta Collins9 12
Cassie Grace7 10
Monique Cornett82 7
Johanna Evans-Welpe43 6
Girls' Class C
Northern Adirondack (13-5-2) vs. Madrid-Waddington (4-10-4)
Plattsburgh High, 5 p.m.
(Winner to face Schoharie-Hoosick Falls winner Saturday in Section VII)
Last year: Madrid-Waddington 1, Seton Catholic, OT
Northern Adirondack, after winning a school record 14 games in 1998, tailed off and bottomed out in 2004 when the Bobcats were 2-13-4. Since then, NAC has been coming on, 10-8-2 in 2005, 12-7-1 last year and 13-5-2 this season. They beat Seton Catholic 2-1 in the Class C final to claim their first Section VII championship since 1998.
Sophomore Kayla Rabideau (50 career goals, 16 assists) and senior Sarah Trudo (20-25) are third-year starters who have played big roles in the NAC comeback. Senior Kaelyn Scott also has put together back-to-back 11-goal seasons for the Bobcats while Emily Lashway, who had seven goals last season, has come on as one of the top defenders in the section.
Freshman Brittany Drown, who scored a goal in her first goal after being promoted to the varsity four games ago, also has great offensive skills.
The defense, anchored by Lashway and Tia Hicks, has been solid with sophomore keeper Allison Hull improving steadily. She allowed 20 goals in 18 games in goal.
Madrid-Waddington repeated as Section X Class C champion, overcoming the loss of some key players to graduation. The Yellowjackets, seeded No. 2, defeated Tupper Lake, 1-0, and top-seed St. Lawrence Central, 1-0. Jen Curley (23-13) and Cambrey Merrick (11-11) lead Madrid-Waddington while keeper Stephanie Lancto has allowed 29 goals in 18 games while stopping 184 of 213 shots for an 86 save percentage.
NORTHERN ADIRONDACK BOBCATS
Madrid-Waddington Yellow Jackets
Jennifier Curley23 13
Cambray Merrick11 11
Cierra Wells9 4
Jessica Richards4 5
Name Saves GA
Stephanie Lancto 18429
Girls' Class B