ST. REGIS FALLS — After a rocky start to the 2022 fall sports season, things appear to be going in the right direction for the St. Regis Falls girls varsity soccer team.
After opening up their fall season with a pair of shutout losses (4-0 at Madrid-Waddington, then 7-0 to host Colton-Pierrepont), the Lady Saints turned things around a bit with a couple of firsts on Saturday.
The SRF girls scored their first goal of the season and earned their first point in the East Division standings for first-year head coach Jenna Susice, who graduated from St. Regis Falls a mere five years ago.
The SRF girls battled unbeaten St. Lawrence to a 1-1, double-overtime tie in the Saints’ home opener, gaining the first point of the year in the standings (0-2-1, 0-2-1). The OT draw is the first blemish of the season for the lady Larries, who now stand at 2-0-1, both overall and in the East Division.
A couple of more firsts for the lady Saints came in the opening half, as SRF took its first lead of the season on the team’s first goal of the year, a tally that came off the foot of Zaylee Sweet. Rhea Work was credited with an assist on the tally, clearing the ball deep into the Larries’ zone from just inside the midfield stripe. Sweet ran past the SLC defense on the left wing and launched a low shot back across the grain and past Kalissa Young, the St. Lawrence Central goalie.
St. Regis Falls maintained its slim one-goal advantage into the halftime break – another first on the season – and nearly midway through the second half when the lady Larries finally broke through and got on the scoreboard.
A missed clearing opportunity by the Saints defense allowed St. Lawrence to pull even on the board, as Courtney Moreau booted a one-timer past the long reach of SRF goalie Autumn Cox with 21:25 showing on the clock, resulting in a 1-1 game.
Neither team found the net during the remainder of regulation, nor throughout the two 10-minute, golden goal overtime sessions – although the Saints had the better of the optimum chances by a margin of two to one.
With under 20 seconds left in regulation, the Saints had a golden chance to garner their first win of the year on a breakaway up the middle, but the ensuing shot went wide of its intended mark, sending the game into the first OT period. St. Regis Falls had the better of the scoring chances during the first OT period, forcing Young to make two of her seven saves in the contest, while the Larries turned the table during the second overtime session and carried the majority of the play at the Saints and getting their own breakaway opportunity. The SLC scoring attempt was thwarted by Cox, who stood tall between the pipes for SRF.
With time winding down in the second OT period, the Saints – again – had a chance to record their first win of the year as a lead feed sent one of the SRF players free only to have the ensuing shot go just over the top of the net with 25 ticks remaining in the contest.
Cox backstopped the Saints best outing of the season with 14 saves, while Young helped the lady Larries from getting their first blemish in the loss column with seven stops.
Both teams return to the pitch on Tuesday. St. Regis Falls travels to neighboring Brushton-Moira while the lady Larries return home and host the Parishville-Hopkinton Panthers. Both games are slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.
In other girls soccer games on Saturday, Brushton-Moira picked up its first win of the season with a 2-0 home victory against Tupper Lake, while at the Harrisville Tournament, Hermon-Dekalb edged host Harrisville 1-0 to claim the consolation title, while in the championship game, South Lewis defeated Edwards-Knox 2-1.
At the 6th annual NYSSCOGS Hall of Fame Tournament, Northville defeated Parishville-Hopkinton 5-2 at Schalmont High School on Saturday. The lady P-H Panthers were scheduled to play against Mayfield at Niskayuna High School on Sunday morning.
In girls games on Friday, Canton edged host OFA 1-0, Gouverneur slipped past visiting Norwood-Norfolk 1-0, Massena topped Potsam 1-0 and in the lone West Division game, Edwards-Knox defeated Hermon-Dekalb 5-2 in the opener of the Harrisville Tournament. In nonleague action at the Harrisville tourney, South Lewis beat the host lady Pirates 3-1.
In the two girls soccer games on Thursday, both West Division contests, Lisbon thumped Hermon-Dekalb 6-0, while Harrisville edged Edwards-Knox 3-2.
Saturday’s NAC Girls Soccer
St. Lawrence 1, St. Regis Falls 1 (2OT)
1. SRF, Sweet (Work), 17th.
2. SLC, Moreau (un), 59th.
Goalies: Young (SLC), 7 saves; Cox (SRF), 14.
Records: St. Lawrence (2-0-1, 2-0-1), St. Regis Falls (0-2-1, 0-2-1).