HEUVELTON - Almost Perfect.
Well sort of.
Despite a tie in the first game of the season to Lisbon - in which the Golden Knights were able to advance in the OFA Tournament by penalty kick - Heuvelton completed an unbeaten Northern Athletic Conference West Division season at 13-0-1 and regular season of 14-0-2 on Thursday in a Senior Day salute at Stephanie Putney field against Hermon-DeKalb in a 4-0 decision.
Its a great accomplishment to win the NAC West Division and have a unbeaten regular season, said Heuvelton coach Gus Burns.
This team has seven seniors and three of them are four year players. That has been one of the keys to this run. A run that has been great but we know its one and done so we cant come out flat next week because to every other team in this league - its a fresh start.
The Bulldogs started quick against the 9-5-1, 9-5 NAC West Demons.
In the 14th minute, Shelby Williams working hard in the defensive end at left outside-fullback pushed the ball into the 40 for Alexis Weidner who used her speed and to break free from a 1-on-2 situation and placed a perfect low shot into the cords for a 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later, Weidner got a ball from Alexandra Steele in the corner and blasted a shot to the far post for her second goal.
I told the girls before the game we needed a quick start. They responded and we played very solid, said Burns.
Hannah Thornhill converted the third goal in the 33rd minute lofting a shot just over the reach of goalie Chelsey MacKay in the 33rd minute as Weidner picked up the assist. In the second half, Weidner finished with the hat trick converting on a shot from the 15 off a ball from Eliza Jane Hamilton in the 69th minute of play.
Having four year players like Alexis (Weidner) and Logan (Tallman) has been the key to this teams success. Defensively, Maddie St. Pierre has been just solid and has really came into her own since her freshman season three years ago and kids like Ashlyn Foster, Renee Breault and Shelby Williams always work hard. Rachel Thornhill is another senior who has been hurt and hopefully we get her back on Monday for the stretch run, said Burns.
But it hasnt been just our seniors. Nathalie Barr is a first year player and has played tremendously for us along with Eliza Jane Hamilton and Erin Kennedy. Hannah Thornhill, Oliva St. Pierre and Alexa Steele are solid and have a lot of varsity soccer ahead and Paige McCormick has dramatically improved in goal from the first game in her first year. McCormick finished with seven saves for the shutout. MacKay stopped 14 shots.
The Section 10 Class D playoffs begin Tuesday.
Hammond 4, Morristown 0: Courtney Bova exploded for a hat trick as the Red Devils got back on track after just scoring one goal and their last two games. The 11-4, 10-4 Red Devils opened scoring in the fourth minute when Bova connected on a pass from Marinah Simmons. Mikayla Horton made it 2-0 in the 36th minute.
In the 52nd minute, Bova converted from good defensive/offensive transition from Emily Bush for a 3-0 lead. Bova finished the scoring in the 73rd from Tayler Bowman.
Cassie Whalen stopped 13 shots for Hammond and Samantha Green made 16 saves for Morristown (2-10-2).
Lisbon 5, Harrisville 0: The Lady Knights (12-2-2, 11-2-1 NAC West) produced their sixth straight win heading into the postseason as Beth Crowley scored the first three goals of the game.
Crowley scored unassisted in the 17th and connected from Maddie Vine in the 25th for a 2-0 lead at halftime. In the second half, Alyshia Murray found Crowley for her third goal of the game in the 47th minute before Vine connected back to back in the 57th and 78th - with Rileigh Mee logging an assist.
Jackie Sovie produced the shutout with two saves as the defense of Murray, Holly Williams, Maeve Bowdish and Katie Sovie continues to play well according to Lisbon Coach Scott Richardson.
Abby LaFaver finished with nine saves for Harrisville (3-11-2, 3-9-2 NAC West).