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P-H girls surge past SRF for season-opening soccer win

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ST. REGIS FALLS - The Parishville-Hopkinton Central varsity girls soccer team opened the 2013 season by pulling away to a 7-0 non-league win on the road over NAC East Division rival St. Regis Falls on Wednesday.

Senior Sophie Norman connected for the only goal the Lady Panthers would need just five minutes into the game, finishing off a play set up by classmates Kodi Perkins and Brianna Hayes.

Juniors Nicole White and Cassara Cole netted the next two goals before sophomore Augustia Moulton and eighth-grader Abigail White broke through for their first varsity career goals to push the halftime lead to 5-0. Perkins and classmate Marlee Wilson closed out the scoring with goals five minutes apart late in the second half.

Sophomore Kelsey Putnum and freshman Olivia Collins tallied two assists each along with Hayes in the season-opening win. Junior Natalie Remington and freshman Alyssa Sloan each finished with solo helpers while Wilson and Putnum weren’t counted on to make a save in sharing crease duties.

Kiena Stowell recorded 27 stops tending the SRF goal.

“Our defense played very well,” noted coach Evan Harper, citing the backline efforts for seniors Donna Colbert and Megan Sullivan along with junior Victoria Collins and freshman Taylor Scovil.

The Lady Panthers return to action this weekend by hosting their annual tournament starting on Friday where they go up against East Division rival Brushton-Moira starting at 4:15 p.m. The other first round game pits East Division rivals SRF and Tupper Lake and is slated to kick-off at 4:30 p.m. Both games will also serve as NAC league openers for the four squads.

The consolation and championship games are Saturday at 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. respectively.

In other girls soccer action on Wednesday, the OFA tournament saw Heuvelton blank Norwood-Norfolk 5-0 to earn consolation honors while Lisbon shaded the host Lady Blue Devils 1-0 in the title game.

Heuvelton 5, N-N 0: Erin Kennedy scored her first career goal for Heuvelton in the 18th minute and that was all the Bulldogs needed in the consolation win.

Hannah Thornhill logged the assist on the game-winner and scored the third goal of the contest in the 61st unassisted. Alexis Weidner netted a pair of goals while Maddie St. Pierre fashioned a goal and assist and Olivia St. Pierre notched a solo helper.

Rachel Thornhill earned All-Tournament honors playing several positions for the Bulldogs. Paige McCormick made five saves in the shutout.

Megan Plumb stopped 13 shots for N-N while Aleah Palmer was named to the All-Tournament team.

Lisbon 1, OFA 0: Maddie Vine converted off an assist from Beth Crowley in the 36th minute and the Lady Knights made it hold up as the game-winner in claiming the tournament title.

Jackie Sovie made three saves backstopping the shutout while Jordyn Marcellus turned aside 13 shots in the losing cause.

POTSDAM WINS JV TITLE

Tournament MVP Hannah Dreschel scored her second and third goals of the game, three minutes apart in the second half, as Potsdam pulled away from a 1-0 lead to a 4-0 victory over OFA in the Junior Varsity Championship Game.

Matisyn Beamer netted the fourth Potsdam goal and Hannah Yacketta, Abby Thomas and Michaela Pcolar passed out assists to back Kelsi Rathbun’s shutout in goal.

Potsdam downed Salmon River in the first round and OFA advanced to the title game via 3-0 win over Gouverneur.

BOYS SOCCER

In high school boys soccer encounters on Wednesday, Lisbon posted a 6-0 West Division win over Hermon-DeKalb and Franklin Academy dropped a 2-1 non-league decision to Peru Central.

Lisbon 6, H-D 0: Adam Kelley scored twice in the winning effort as the Knights broke away from a 2-0 halftime lead. Rhiley Alberto, Josh Lampett, Jordan Kane and Kody Allen struck for the other goals while Jimmy Robinson needed to make just one save backstopping the shutout.

Ryan Matthews posted 15 stops working the Green Demons crease.

Peru 2, FA 1: In Peru, Ethan Brown snapped a 1-1 tie midway through the second half after teammate Jacob Dick and FA’s Isai Paredones had traded first-half strikes.

Austin Lamay turned aside nine shots in the losing effort while Guy Loveless did likewise backstopping the win.

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