HAMMOND - Taking it to the next level.
With just two NAC games left on the schedule, the Lisbon Girls Soccer team was looking to better its sectional seeding and to take the final step to the next level on Monday in a key NAC West Division matchup at Hammond.
Hammond entered the contest in third place by just one point behind the Golden Knights in the standings.
And after Hammond took a 1-0 lead on a nice goal scored by Courtney Bova in the 18th minute - the Knights also needed to show the will to win.
Lisbon (11-2-2, 10-2-1) did just that, and more. Scoring three unanswered second half goals in a 3-1 win over the Devils (10-4, 9-4).
While Lisbon defended second place Heuvelton earned sole possession of its fourth straight NAC West Division title with a 2-0 victory at Harrisville. Edwards-Knox downed Morristown 2-1 in another West game.
Lisbon 3 - Hammond 1: I really am proud of the way we battled back, said LCS coach Scott Richardson.
Hammond played a very good first half but we worked hard in the second half. We quickly tied the game and the momentum shifted. That first goal was one of the prettiest Ive seen us score. Beth Crowley, Maddie Vine and Alex Amo really played well today.
Just 47 seconds into the second half, Maddie Vine set up for a cornerkick. She quickly found Beth Crowley on a short pass. Crowley returned the ball and Vine blasted home a shot into the far post.
In the 47th minute, halfback Madeline Caufield sent a cross to Crowley who maneuvered her way onto the Hammond net on a breakaway for the game winner.
Lisbon exploited a quick restart on the third goal of the game in the 60th minute when Crowley scored on a short feed from Vine.
We just came out flat in the second half and Lisbon took advantage, said Hammond coach Sean Dack whose fell to 10-4, 9-4 in NAC West.
Jackie Sovie stopped seven shots for Lisbon and Cassie Whalen made nine saves for Hammond.
Heuvelton 2, Harrisville 0: Logan Tallman delivered the gane winning goal from Alexis Steele in the 7th minute of the game and leading scorer Alexis Weidner generated an insurance goal unassisted in the 55th for Heuvelton (13-0-2, 12-0-1) won its fourth straight NAC West title and will look to wrap up an unbeaten NAC West season against Hermon-DeKalb. Paige McCormick handled four saves in the shutout. Abby LaFaver made four saves in the setback for 3-10-2, 3-8-2 Morristown.
Our girls really played very hard today but Heuvelton is an outstanding team, said Harrisville Coach Pete Wood.
E-K 2, Morristown 1: Kelsey White and Jadilyn Bullock shared the win in goal making four combined saves on Monday for the Cougars (5-9) against visiting Morristown (2-9-2). Dakotah Bacon and Arael Scott scored for the Cougars in the 30th and 33rd minute. Darien Fenton logged an assist.
Jessica Geddes scored for Morristown in the second half in the 46th minute. Samantha Green made six saves for the Rockets.