PERU — Peru had to wait an extra day to open its Northern Soccer League season, but the Indians didn’t waste any time Monday letting people know they would be a force to reckon with this fall in boys’ soccer.
The Indians, who had the bye on opening day, took a 3-0 halftime lead and then held on for a 3-2 victory over the Beekmantown Eagles.
Beekmantown (1-2-1, 1-1) drew to within one on Adam Goldfarb’s second goal of the game, at 29:56 of the second half. The Eagles kept the pressure on, but Peru keeper Michael Danis was up to the challenge.
“The last 15 minutes, they put a lot of pressure on us, but Mike made some crucial saves to preserve the win for us,” Peru Coach Matt Armstrong said.
“I give a lot of credit to the Beekmantown coaches for keeping their players up after we took a 3-0 lead. Their midfield controlled play in the second half with Zach Brockway outstanding. And Goldfarb and (Austin) Burl put a lot of pressure on our defense.”
Danis wound up with 13 saves in the big win while Matt LaClair had 13 stops for the Eagles.
Peru controlled play in the first half with Peter Daly, Jacob Dick and Andrew Kneussle scoring goals in the first 31 minutes. The midfield play of Ian Spear and Jonathan Plessis-Belair was key to the Indians’ sustained attack.
Peru 3, Beekmantown 2
Beekmantown 0 2 — 2
Peru 3 0 — 3
1, Peru, Daly (Spear), 15:28. 2, Peru, Dick (Daly, Lawrence), 25:40. 3, Peru, Kneussle (Wiley), 30:15.
4, B’town, Goldfarb (Burl), 28:04. 5, Btown, Goldfarb (Burl), 29:56.
Peru 27, B’town 23
Danis, Peru, 13; LaClair, B’town, 13.
PHS 3, Saranac Lake 2
PLATTSBURGH — Sophomore Yanis Yahiaoui’s goal with less than 14 minutes to play in regulation enabled the Hornets (2-2, 2-0) to turn back the strong challenge of the Red Storm (0-2, 0-2).
Saranac Lake led twice in the contest. Devin Cowan scored from 12 yards out 4:24 into the game to give the Red Storm their first lead.
Jacob Bushey connected off a beautiful give-and-go with Nick Dodd 13:17 into the second half to pull PHS even, but Saranac Lake regained the lead when Aaron Noel drilled a hard, low shot from 30 yards out into the net at 16:54.
This time, the Hornets needed only 28 seconds to square the count. Rob Knowles gathered in a loose ball and rifled in a shot from 25 yards away to make it 2-2.
The Bushey-Yahiaoui sophomore combination then gave PHS its first lead. Bushey made an end-line run and sent a pass to the penalty-stripe area to Yahiaoui, who beat the keeper to the ball. He scored at 31:35 and PHS held on for the victory.
The PHS defense of John Fine-Lease, Brady Channell, Mohamed Eltahir and Dan Mihal stood up very well to Saranac Lake’s speed and pressure while forward Dodd and midfielder Brooks Kelley all played strong games for the Hornets.
David Cluckey and Bradley Shumway showed tremendous speed and strength in the midfield for the Red Storm while Alex Beaudoin was stellar on defense, clearing numerous balls out of the 18.
PHS 3, Saranac Lake 2
Saranac Lake 1 1 — 2
Plattsburgh 1 2 — 3
1, SL, Cowan, 4:24.
2, PHS, Bushey (Dodd), 13:17. 3, SL, Noel (Bayruns), 16:54. 4, PHS, Knowles,17:22. 5, PHS, Yahiaoui (Bushey), 31:35.
PHS 11, Saranac Lake, 7.
Mihal, PHS, 3; Holmes, SL, 4.
NORTHEASTERN CLINTON 1
AUSABLE VALLEY 0
CLINTONVILLE — Patrick Parent scored with 8:15 left in the first half to give the Cougars a narrow victory over the Patriots.
Northeastern Clinton (2-0, 4-0) has been on a scoring tear to start the season, but AuSable Valley’s defense was able to hold it to just the one goal.
“This was a very good game … a physical contest,” Patriots coach Robert Hamilton said. “They outplayed us in the first half, but I felt we played more evenly in the second half. We had a couple of chances, but they didn’t pan out.”
Hamilton was high on his team’s defense, especially Austin Depo, who covered Cougar standout Kyle McCarthy during the match. Eli Blaise and Austin Facteau were also strong defensively.
Ryan Marks picked up the assist for Northeastern Clinton on Parent’s goal. Josh Rabideau picked up the shutout victory with three saves in net. Conner Kennedy made 10 stops in goal for the Patriots.
Northeastern Clinton 1
AuSable Valley 0
AuSable Valley 0 0 — 0
Northeastern Clinton 1 0 — 1
1, NCCS, Parent (Marks), 31:45.
Northeastern Clinton 23, AuSable Valley 8.
Kennedy, AVC, 10. Rabideau, NCCS, 3
CROWN POINT 4
CROWN POINT — Joe Foote tallied a pair of goals as the Panthers were able to hold on against the Jaguars.
Foote scored two goals in the first half as Crown Point (2-0, 3-0) took a 2-1 lead at the break. Gabe Macey and Mike Gould scored early in the second half to give the Panthers a 4-1 lead with 30 minutes remaining.
Nate Prouty scored his second goal of the game to bring Johnsburg (0-2) to within two, and Chet Prouty scored on a penalty kick with 14:38 to make it a one-goal game. But, it would get no closer.
“It was pretty even and back-and-forth,” Panthers coach Don Bishop, Jr. said. “I thought we dominated at times, but couldn’t find the back of the net. We just missed on a few opportunities and couldn’t put it home.”
Brendon Crowningshield made turned away 11 shots in net for the victory. Chet Prouty made 11 stops for the Jaguars in the loss.
Crown Point 4, Johnsburg 3
Johnsburg 1 2 — 3
Crown Point 2 2 — 4
1, CP, Foote (Crowningshield), 8:15. 2, J, N. Prouty (Washburn), 9:58. 3, CP, Foote (Enman), 22:20.
4, CP, G. Macey (N. Macey), 6:58. 5, CP, Gould, 9:44. 6, J, N. Prouty, 14:22. 7, J, C. Prouty, pk, 25:22.
Crowningshield, CP, 11. C. Prouty, J, 11.
Chazy 6, NAC 2
CHAZY — Derek Drake scored three goals and Brandon Laurin added a pair with an assist to lead the Eagles (2-0-1, 1-0) to victory in their conference opener. Nathan Reynolds chipped in with one goal and three assists.
Justin Kellett scored twice for Northern Adirondack (0-2, 0-1).
Chazy held a 15-4 edge in shots with Trent Blais turning aside two shots for the shutout.
Chazy 6, Northern Adirondack 2
NAC 0 2 — 2
Chazy 3 3 — 6
1, Ch, Drake, 12:18. 2, Ch, Laurin (Reynolds), 16:11. 3, Ch, Drake (Pelton), 34:34.
Ch, Reynolds (Laurin), 7:47. 5, Ch, Drake (Reynolds), 14:43. 6, Ch, Laurin (Reynolds), 20:08. 7, NAC, Kellett, 29:18. 8, NAC, Kellett pk, 36:17.
NAC, 4; Chazy, 15.
Burger, NAC, 7; Blais, Chazy, 2.
Indian Lake/Long Lake 1
KEENE — The visiting Orange (1-4, 1-1) capitalized on an own goal to get their first victory of the season.
The score came 10:30 into the second half off a scramble in front of the Keene cage with the ball deflecting in off keeper Colton Venner’s leg. The goal did not take away from an outstanding battle between the two keepers. Venner came up with 10 saves while Indian Lake-Long Lake’s Rudy Deissen made 13 stops.
Chaiten Deissen stood out at sweeper for the Orange while Brandon Dumas played very well at sweeper for Keene.
Indian Lake 1, Keene 0
Indian-Long Lake 0 1 — 1
Keene 0 0 — 0
1, ILL, own goal, 10:30.
Indian-Long Lake, 10; Keene, 13.
Saves: Deissen, ILL, 13; Venner, K, 10.