Second-seeded Heuvelton survived to advance past No. 3 seed Chateaugay, 2-1, while No. 5 Harrisville dropped top-seeded Lisbon, 1-0, in the Class D1 and Class D Championship games of the Section 10 Boys Soccer Tournament on Tuesday at Potsdam Central. The two NAC West rivals will be meet for the overall Class D title and state tournament berth on Thursday at Potsdam (7 p.m. start) and Heuvelton will look to follow up wins of 4-2 and 1-0 decisions in divisional play.
Heuvelton 2, Chateaugay 1: The St. Lawrence County Bulldogs used a 17-6 shot advantage to deny the Franklin County Bulldogs.
This was just a tremendous team effort. Im just extremely proud of the way the boys played. And Chateaugay made us work right to the end, said HCS Coach Dave Steele whose team hasnt loss since Oct. 11 in a setback to Hermon-DeKalb 2-1 and currently has won of five of their last six.
Heuvelton (13-3-2) opened scoring in the 30th minute when Joe McDonnell sent a short pass from the middle to the left wing to Aaron Cobb who converted a shot off the far post. In the 53rd minute, Dedrick Johnson headed home a centering pass from Mike Guardino for a 2-0 lead.
Chateaugay (10-5-3) enjoyed a revival with eight minutes to play when Chad Stalter took a pass from the middle from Tyler Martin and curled a shot into the near post from the left side.
Chris Power had five saves in net for Heuvelton which has allowed just two goals in the last four games. Josh Trombley had 12 saves for Chateaugay.
Weve had success against Harrisville so knowing your opponent will be a little easier but it also could hurt. We just have to play our game, said Coach Steele.
Harrisville 1, Lisbon 0: The Pirates (15-5) handed the Golden Knights (13-3-2) their first loss in the last seven games on the strength of a Joey Butts goal in the 37th minute. Butts scored from Nick Weir from eight yards out in a scramble in front of the net.
That goal was very big but I didnt expect it to hold, said Harrisville coach Shane Countryman whose program returns to the finals for a second straight season and for the fourth time in the last five years.
I really thought Lisbon would tie it. Theyre such a dangerous team. But defensively we played great. It didnt help Lisbon when Adam Kelley got hurt either. Hes such a good player for them and stirs up their offense.
The Knights struggled to get a good shot at Harrisville goalie Zane Mono who finished with three saves in the Pirates seventh shutout of the season.
Harrisville really played very well and tonight they were the better team. But I give my team credit, they worked hard to get to this point, said LCS coach Bill Reed.
Tonight, the turf made Harrisville extremely quick.
Jim Robinson handled nine shots for Lisbon.
Harrisville coach Shane Countryman believes Thursday game will be a another classic match.
Both games we played were tight against them. Aaron Cobb is extremely tough and they have depth. We just have to be able to create space and capitalize on our opportunities, he said.