POTSDAM - After falling short in their first attempts to clinch sole possession of their respective NAC regular season titles earlier this week, the Potsdam Central varsity girls soccer and girls volleyball teams made the most of their second chances on Thursday.
At their turf field, the Lady Sandstoners scored two goals 39 seconds apart in the third minute of the game en route to gaining a 6-0 decision at home over OFA in the regular season finale for both squads.
This group has worked hard all year and we play in a tough league where you had four or five times that were right near the top at the end so it means a lot to win the league, noted coach Joe Stark after clinching the Central Division title with a 10-2-2 record.
We had a couple of tough losses the second half of the season but weve been a solid team all year, he added. Now we have to get ready for sectionals.
With the win, the Lady Sandstoners improved to 12-2-2 overall as they set their sights on defending the Section 10 Class B title starting next Wednesday at home against the winner of an opening round game between OFA and Salmon River slated for Monday. The sectional final is slated for Monday, November 4, at the SUNY Canton turf field starting at 5 p.m.
Against OFA on Thursday, the Lady Sandstoners wasted little time finding the mark in building a commanding 5-0 halftime lead. Sophomore Kalie Grant opened the scoring at the 2:12 into the game assisted by senior Ally Miller. Senior Annette Rishe then broke through for the first of her four goals 39 seconds later off an assist from Grant and the Potsdam attack went on to produce three more goals over a 13-minute span midway through the half.
Rishe closed out the scoring 19 minutes into the second half, converting off a corner kick delivered into the front of the goal from the right by Miller.
The Lady Sandstoners also got an offensive spark off the bench from eighth-grader Hannah Drechsel, who netted the third goal of the game and set up the fourth in her varsity debut, while Grant finished with a pair of helpers.
Junior netminder Bre Sapp was credited with two saves backstopping the shutout.
Jordyn Marcellus fielded four of the shots she faced working the crease for OFA (1-3, 2-12) which is slated to open the Class B playoffs on Monday at Salmon River starting at 3 p.m.
Needing a win to claim a second straight NAC West Division title in their regular season finale, the Potsdam spikers responded with a sweep on the road over Canton Central.
Weve only had eight players since the start of the season so I wasnt sure which way things were going to go. Im pretty proud of the them for what theyve been able to do so far, said coach Julia Pahler after her squad finished alone atop the division standings with a 9-1 record and headed into the sectional Class C playoffs at 14-2 overall.
The Lady Sandstoners enter the post-season as the top seed and will take on the winner of Saturdays first-round match between Canton and Gouverneur at home on Monday at 4:30 p.m. Salmon River heads to OFA in the other Class C semi-final. The championship match is slated for Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Massena Central high school gym. The Class D final is scheduled to follow while the Class B championship between Massena and Franklin Academy is set for Wednesday at the Potsdam Central high school gym at 5 p.m.
At Jerry Hourihan Gym on Thursday, the Lady Sandstoners took the first two sets against the host Lady Bears by scores of 25-19, 25-16 before pulling out a 30-28 decision in the third.
Junior Sarah Vivlamore anchored the winning effort with nine service points, nine assists, three aces, one kill, one block and 32 sets. Senior Victoria Mondragon fashioned four points, three aces and two kills while classmate Katie Burke generated five kills, three points, one ace and one block.
For Canton (6-10, 4-6), Cianna Willmart tallied seven points, three aces and three kills. Colleen Barkley (3 points) and Beth Pearson (2 points) both finished with two kills and one ace.
The other NAC volleyball finale on Thursday saw OFA sweep West Division rival Edwards-Knox 25-17, 25-23, 27-25.
CENTRAL GIRLS SOCCER
In the other NAC Central Division girls soccer action on Thursday, Massena dropped Salmon River 4-0 and Franklin Academy did likewise to Norwood-Norfolk.
Massena 4, Salmon River 0: At Fort Covington, the Lady Raiders relayed a 2-0 halftime lead into the win to finish the regular season at 10-6 overall and 9-5 in the Central after an 0-4 start.
They will look to extend their steady improvement into the post-season starting next Tuesday against Franklin Academy in the Section 10 Class A Championship Game at the Potsdam Central turf starting at 5 p.m.
Against the host Lady Shamrocks on Thursday, Mia Jermano broke through for the only goal Massena would need three minutes into the game assisted by Abby Laclair. Serena Hall made it 2-0 in the 17th minute off an assist from Iastha Porter, who tallied the third goal 12 minutes into the second half assisted by Hall then closed out the scoring with less than six minutes left in regulation by finishing off a play set up by Bailey Dillabough.
Bailey Young made three saves backstopping the shutout while Wraven Sunday handled 18 of the shots she faced working the Salmon River crease.
The Lady Shamrocks (4-12, 4-10) are now slated to host OFA in the first round of the Class B playoffs on Monday at 3 p.m.
FA 4, N-N 0: In Norfolk, the visiting Lady Huskies pulled away from a 1-0 halftime lead. Katie Lamica, Katelyn Fouse, Lauren Reynolds and Hannah Perry netted the goals while Abigail Collins fashioned a pair of assists.
Jayme Lavioe had two saves in posting the shutout while Megan Plumb turned aside 13 shots for the Lady Flyers (1-14, 1-13), who open the Class C playoffs next Tuesday at Brushton-Moira.
The other Class C semi-final will see St. Lawrence Central travel to Tupper Lake. Both Tuesday games are slated to kick-off at 3 p.m. The Class C final is set for Saturday, November 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the SUNY Canton turf field.
In the three NAC West Division girls soccer finales on Thursday, regular season champion Heuvelton blanked Hermon-DeKalb 4-0, Hammond downed Morristown 4-0 and Lisbon overpowered Harrisville 5-0. Two West Division boys soccer matchup on Thursday saw Morristown drop Hammond 5-0 and Hermon-DeKalb outlast Edwards-Knox 1-0.