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Brushton-Moira falls in regional final

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CANTON – The Brushton-Moira boys varsity soccer team had its 2013 fall campaign come to a close on Friday, as the Panthers fell 2-0 to the Lake George Warriors in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C Regional Championship game at SUNY Canton.

The Section 2 champion Warriors scored two goals in the opening half to earn the victory and advance to the final four on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Middletown High School. Lake George, now 20-1-1 and ranked fourth in the state in Class C, will face the winner of the Haldane (Section 1)/Friends Academy (Section 8) game at 7:15 p.m.

As is the case with most teams in state play, both coaches wanted to get on the board first and make the other press.

“We wanted to score as early as we could, then settle the game down with our defensive play which has been strong all season,” stated Lake George coach Blake White. “Fortunately for us, we got that first one and it fit right into our game plan.”

As for the Panthers, they also attempted to get an early marker.

“We have been having trouble finishing all season and we came out with the mind-set of getting one early. Unfortunately for us, it didn’t happen,” said Brushton-Moira coach Adam Britton.

The Warriors’ Kyle Jones was in the right spot at the right time during a scramble and tapped home a loose ball from eight yards out, with Taylor Tallman (nine saves) and the Brushton-Moira defenders calling for a hand ball in the crease, to no avail.

The original shot on the goal for Lake George came off the foot of Craig Keenan, with Noah Prime getting a piece of the rebound before Jones netted the go-ahead goal at 24 minutes, 56 seconds.

With the momentum in their favor, the Warriors continued to keep the pressure on and struck for their second goal less than five minutes later.

Brad Schreiber took a direct kick from 35 yards out. Tallman raced from the crease in an attempt to collect the ball, but misjudged the bounce and turned to watch it soar over his head right to the goal mouth where John Rubado streaked in from the center halfback spot, slid into the sphere, then celebrated his playoff tally with his teammates. Lake George goalie Jeff Naftaly made five saves.

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