One host team will get a chance to play for a tournament title while the other will look to salvage consolation honors as the 2013 Bill ONeill Memorial and John Jeffers Memorial boys soccer tournaments got underway on Friday in Massena and Potsdam.
At Mike Nicholas Field in Massena, the host Raiders scored early then often in pulling away from Hermon-DeKalb at the ONeill Memorial Tournament. The Raiders will now get set to take on Parishville-Hopkinton in the tournament final this evening at 7 p.m. on Nicholas Field. P-H advanced to the title game after outscoring Salmon River 3-1 in the other first round matchup. The consolation game is set to kick-off at 5 p.m. at Nicholas Field.
Massena 7, H-D 0: Forest Brockway connected just 1:55 into the game off an assist from Dalton Mullin for what would hold up as the game-winner. Dylan Stone went on to generate two goals and two assists in the winning effort while Mullin finished with two goals and one helper as the Raiders worked their way to a 3-0 halftime lead. Ryan Moffitt and Zach Kozsan struck for the other goals while Dan Elman, Josh Osouza and Tyler Young each logged solo assists and Brendan Broderick made four saves working the crease for the shutout.
Ryan Matthews turned aside 10 shots for the Green Demons.
P-H 3, Salmon River 1: The Panthers built a 2-0 lead on goals by Anthony Pullano in the first half and Joey Jacot in the second before the Shamrocks got on the board when Austin LaRue converted on a penalty kick. Connor Sullivan restored the two-goal lead while Colby Wells made eight saves backstopping the win in his varsity goaltending debut.
Zach Smith handled 12 shots for the Shamrocks.
At Potsdam Central, league victories carried Franklin Academy and Madrid-Waddington into the championship game of the John Jeffers Memorial as the Huskies knocked off the host Sandstoners 5-0 in a Central Division matchup while M-W rallied to gain a 2-1 decision over East Division rival Colton-Pierrepont.
Both the championship and consolation games are slated for this morning at 11 a.m. with defending tournament champion FA taking on M-W on the turf field and Potsdam facing C-P on the former varsity soccer field.
FA 5, Potsdam 0: Three goals over an eight-minute span late in the first half boosted the Huskies past the Sandstoners. Daniel Badgley opened the scoring off an assist from Isai Paredones in the 18th minute. Alex Johnson and Kody Mulverhill pushed the halftime lead to 3-0 before Mulverhill made it a four-goal lead just 13 seconds into the second half. Johnson closed out the scoring in the 61st minute. Hunter Lamica assisted on three of the FA goals while Austin Lamay posted 10 saves in logging the shutout.
Ashler Herrick had 14 stops for Potsdam.
M-W 2, C-P 1: The Colts broke through for the first goal of the game when Scott Boyce knocked in the rebound of a long direct kick into the area by Ethan Knight seven minutes into the game.
The Yellowjackets took control in the second half where they outshot the Colts 11-0. Jeff Mott tied the game midway through the second half when he converted on a penalty kick after a C-P player was called for a handball in the penalty area.
Mike Cummings finished off a cross from the left corner by Tyler Robinson 10 minutes later for the game-winner.
T.J. Gagnon made all six of his saves in the first half backstopping the win while senior Bruce Avery turned in a solid goaltending debut for the Colts, handling 16 of the shots he faced.