CANTON The Canton Central girls soccer team ran into both an irresistible force and an immovable object on Wednesday night at SUNY Canton in the first round of the Class B state tournament, falling 4-0 to Section 7 champion Saranac Central.
A powerful easterly wind bottled up the Golden Bears in the first half when the Chiefs scored twice and had another goal called back. The second half saw the highly-skilled Chiefs overcome the wind and score two more to secure the victory.
Saranac (16-0-1) moves on to play Section 3 champion Marcellus on Saturday in the state quarterfinals.
Without a doubt the best team we saw all year, Canton coach Greg Kiah said. They were extremely athletic and had some great playmakers. They were the better team tonight.
Probably the most athletic player was junior striker Ellen Thew who opened the scoring in the seventh minute when she took a through pass from Amy LoTemplio at midfield, raced down the middle of the field and beat two Canton fullbacks before blasting home a drive for the 1-0 lead. Thew also scored 13 minutes into the second half against the wind after a nice give-and-go with teammate Kayla Napper, which made it 3-0 and put the game out of reach for Canton (14-5).
I thought at halftime that there was a good chance Canton could comeback on us, but our team played well in both halves, Thew said. We just work so well together.
LoTemplio scored late in the first half on a penalty kick after Thew had been taken down near the goal line for the 2-0 halftime lead. Summer Gillespie closed out the scoring from close range with 14 minutes left after a long cross by LoTemplio.
The penalty kick goal gave us a big lift, giving us a two-goal cushion just before halftime, Saranac coach Mary LoTemplio said. Our back line covered everything and gave Canton few opportunities. They handled the wind conditions very well.
Jamie Favrea made four saves for the shutout.
NORTHERN ADIRONDACK 3, BRUSHTON-MOIRA 2
Playing with a strong wind at their back, the Brushton-Moira girls took a 2-1 halftime lead over Northern Adirondack (14-3-2) before their opponents rallied for the win in the Class D state opener at SUNY Canton.
Kenzie Traynor volleyed home a 35-yard direct kick to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, but the Bobcats tied it a minute later as Elle Warrick connected from Rachael Venne. Melissa Cox gave Brushton-Moira (10-4-4) a 2-1 lead in the 23rd minute as she converted a pass from Mika Uehara.
But the wind and the second half belonged to the Warrick-from-Venne combination as the pair teamed up twice more, in the 49th and 66th minutes respectively, for the victory.
It was third hat trick of the season for Warrick.
We knew at halftime wed have the wind in our favor the rest of the way and we did a really good job controlling things in the second half, Warrick said.
The wind was a huge factor, but you have to give it to NAC, Panthers coach Chad Phippen said. They moved the ball really well and the one goal they scored against the wind was the difference. Im really proud of our girls. Obviously were disappointed tonight, but we dont have a single senior on the team and we look forward to next year.
PERU 2, MALONE 1
Lindsey Bushey assisted on the first goal and scored the game-winner in the 58th minute as Section 7s Peru (7-7-1) defeated Malone in a first-round Class A game at Potsdam High School.
Rachel Sheldrick also scored for the Indians. Katlyn Allen scored in the 36th minute for the Huskies (12-5-1).
PERU 3, MALONE 1
Jacob Dick scored one goal and assisted on another as Section 7s Peru (10-4-2) eliminated Malone in a first-round Class A state playoff game at Potsdam High School.
Ian Spear and Jonathan Plesis-Belair also scored for Peru. Alex Johnson scored for the Huskies (9-7-1).