POTSDAM Malone soccer fans came away happy Tuesday night as the Huskies claimed the Section 10 Class A championship in both girls and boys soccer at Potsdam High School.
Malones girls opened the doubleheader with a 2-1 win over Massena, and then the boys shut out the Red Raiders 2-0 in the second game.
Ive been in the school district for 17 years and Im pretty sure this is the first time that both Malone teams have won game, Malone boys coach Kim Depuy said.
The teams will return to Potsdam High School on Nov. 6 to open the state playoffs with first-round games against Section 7s only Class A school, Peru. The girls game will begin at 5 p.m. and the boys game at 7 p.m.
Malone sophomore Gabrielle Collins recorded both goals for the Huskies (12-4-1 overall) with assists from Hannah Perry and Katlynn Allen. The first tally came 6 minutes, 26 seconds in, as Perry broke loose on the left wing and slipped a crossing pass over to a streaking Collins, who had little trouble redirecting the ball past Massena goalie Bailie Young.
Collinss second score came on a break-out pass from Allen, with Collins taking a left-footed shot that went just inside the near post and through Youngs hands for the eventual game-winner.
Malone maintained the two-goal cushion for the remainder of the first half. Keeper Jayme Lavoie turned aside all four Massena shots on goal to help keep the lead intact.
Massena (10-7) responded early in the second half, starting the final 40 minutes the way it began the opening of the game by keeping Malone back on its heels.
A misplayed ball by one of the Malone defenders forced Lavoie to venture far out of the crease. As she went down to play the roller, Serena Hall beat Lavoie to the ball and touched it past the diving goalie. The ball rolled into the far corner of the goal, with several Malone players in pursuit, but the girls failed to catch up to it.
Massena continued to apply pressure for most of the second half, with Malone getting its own opportunities as well. But the defense and goaltending of both teams was up to the challenge as time ran out on the Red Raiders season.
The teams traded chances through the first 20 minutes before the Huskies (9-6-1) struck for the only goal they would need when senior Alex Johnson lofted a direct kick off of goalie Cameron Marshs outstretched hands and into the top of the net from 40 yards out with 13:17 left in the first half. Neither team was able to generate another shot on goal the rest of the first half.
We werent able to capitalize on a few of the chances that we had early in the game, Massena coach Pat Henrie said. Malone was able to get that first goal and that put us on heels a little bit. Weve had trouble scoring goals all season and we had trouble finishing tonight.
The Huskies controlled the majority of the second half and pushed their lead to 2-0 in the 11th minute. A lead pass from the center of the field to the right wing by Johnson triggered a breakaway goal by Kody Mulverhill.
The Red Raiders (5-12) managed the last good scoring opportunity of the game when junior Dalton Mullin and sophomore Jordan Robert quickly worked the ball down the left side of the field then across to junior Jason Hammill. He was denied from close range by the best save of the night for Malone netminder Austin Lamay, whose five saves backstopped the Huskies to a second straight Class A title.
We did not play very well in our last game against Massena, and we spent the next three or four days really working hard and getting refocused, Depuy said. We made some adjustments, one of them being that Alex Johnson take all the direct kicks and that was advantageous for us tonight. We also got a great game from our fullbacks. They really didnt give up a whole lot. We have a lot of seniors and it meant a lot to them to win last year.
I could tell before we started tonight that the kids really wanted it again tonight, and it showed in the way we played.